KEEP A CHILD ALIVE BLACK BALL
KEEP A CHILD ALIVE’S 12TH ANNUAL BLACK BALL RAISES $3.8 MILLION
TO PROVIDE TREATMENT AND CARE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IMPACTED BY
HIV and AIDS IN AFRICA AND INDIA
The Benefit Honored South African Philanthropists Patrice Motsepe and Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Featured Performances and Appearances from Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Wale, LION BABE, and Chris Rock
Keep a Child Alive’s CEO Peter Twyman announced today that the 12th annual Black Ball, held last night at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, raised a total of $3.8 million. These funds will provide life-saving HIV treatment, care and support to children, young people and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. Keep a Child Alive’s co-founder, Alicia Keys, hosted the evening and was joined by actor, comedian and director, Chris Rock, who served as the emcee for the night. Additionally, Lenny Kravitz, Wale and LION BABE joined Alicia Keys on stage for unique performance collaborations.
“The energy in the Hammerstein Ballroom at last night’s Black Ball was electrifying,” said Alicia Keys. “EVERYONE in the room was there to do their part, to add their support. It’s not right to me that Africa continues to be disproportionally impacted by AIDS, with too many young lives lost. Last night was about helping to correct that situation. To all of our amazing supporters, thank you for joining us, we couldn’t do this every year without you.”
The Black Ball is a star-studded event where celebrity and philanthropy join hand-in-hand. The evening celebrates the work of Keep a Child Alive (KCA) and raises millions for children and families living with and affected by HIV in Africa and India.
In years past, Alicia Keys has shared the Black Ball stage with Jay-Z, Bono, Adele, Carole King, Pharrell Williams, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, Chris Martin, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Common, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones,will.i.am, Janelle Monáe, Femi Kuti, Bonnie Raitt, Damian Marley, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Usher, Swizz Beatz, Sean Puffy Combs, NAS, David Byrne, Angel Haze, amongst others.
The Black Ball has honored humanitarians who use their passion, fame, and courage to better our world. Previously, KCA had the pleasure of honoring President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Richard Branson, Bono, George Harrison, Stephen Lewis, and Riccardo Tisci, amongst others.
This year’s Black Ball honored philanthropist Patrice Motsepe and Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe who were recognized for their efforts addressing the issues of social and economic inequality of Africa’s poorest people, and for their generous support of HIV and AIDS initiatives over the years.
“We would like to thank Alicia and the entire staff at KCA,” said Patrice Motsepe and Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe when accepting their award. “The work that Alicia does is most inspiring to us. My husband and I are really honored to receive this award, and we thank you for the great work you do.”
“Through Black Ball, Keep a Child Alive elevates awareness and mobilizes support for one of the most urgent and pressing health crises of our time: HIV/AIDS,” said Jho Low, Chief Executive Officer of Jynwel Capital Limited and Director of Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited. “We are proud to be a partner of KCA and support initiatives that deliver treatment and care to young people living with HIV around the world.”
During the event, founder Lisa Falcone of Everest Entertainment, an organization that helps to develop films focusing on important issues, made a generous donation of $1 million to assist with KCA’s mission to continue the fight against HIV and AIDS.
Along with the performances, guests of the Black Ball enjoyed an elegant cocktail reception and a dinner prepared by Award-Winning Chef, Restaurateur & Author Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The Creative Director of Keep a Child Alive, Earle Sebastian, transformed the venue into an afrofuturist space.
To date, Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball has raised over $28.7 million for children and families affected by HIV. Past performers at the event have included Jay Z, Bono, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Nas, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson, David Byrne, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, David Bowie and many more incredible artists. This year marks the 9th year that the Black Ball was held at the Manhattan Center’s iconic Hammerstein Ballroom, which is known for its extraordinary performances and unforgettable special events.
Keep a Child Alive (KCA) was founded in 2003 by AIDS activist Leigh Blake and Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys, as an emergency push to get life-saving HIV medications to African children and families, who otherwise would not have had access to treatment.
KCA’s work has since grown to include the critical components necessary for successful, life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive, holistic care that supports the complete health of children and their families, ensuring their physical, mental and social well-being.
KCA provides financial and programmatic support to 7 innovative, grass-roots programs in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India, serving over 56,000 people annually. With the help of its supporters, KCA continues to use its voice to raise awareness, mobilize people to take action, and rally resources in the global response to HIV. For more information, please visit keepachildalive.org