Keep a Child Alive (KCA) co-founder and Global Ambassador Alicia Keys has announced that the 10th Annual Black Ball will take place on November 7th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. This star-studded event has raised over $18.5 million for children and families affected by HIV and will celebrate the work of Keep a Child Alive (KCA). Guests will be inspired by moving films, thought-provoking décor, and poignant speeches highlighting ten years of KCA’s bold journey to save lives, expanding access to lifesaving HIV treatment and care. The Black Ball will feature never-before-seen musical collaborations between KCA Global Ambassador, Alicia Keys, and other leading artists, while taking guests on a unique and inspiring journey.
“As I look back on the last ten years, I’m overjoyed by how far we’ve come and so incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” says Alicia Keys. “Since day one, Keep a Child Alive has been about directly touching the people who need us most! It is such a passion for me, gives me real purpose and I couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who has supported us to make this real! We are truly touching lives, and we couldn’t do it without our Keep a Child Alive family who has made this all possible.”
“Since day one, Keep a Child Alive has been about directly touching the people who need us most!”
Last year’s Black Ball, which was originally scheduled to take place in November, was a huge success despite Hurricane Sandy sweeping through the Tri-State area. KCA’s dedicated supporters came together in a hectic time to help fulfill their commitment to the organization and its work. Hence the “Black Ball Redux” was born and took place on December 6th at New York City’s legendary Apollo Theater. The event honored Oprah Winfrey and Angélique Kidjo and raised a record $2.9 million to provide comprehensive care and treatment for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India.
“I am honored to reflect on our accomplishments over the last 10 years and excited to see us reaching new heights,” said Peter Twyman, the CEO of KCA. “As the children we first served are now becoming teenagers, it is so important to expand on our youth programs and tailor them to the unique challenges young people face. The Black Ball is so vital in helping us to meet the changing needs of HIV and we are incredibly grateful for our supporters that join us for this spectacular night.”
Founded in 2003, KCA provides life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive clinical care, psychosocial support, and nutritious food, as well as loving support for children orphaned due to AIDS. Proceeds from the event will help KCA support nine grassroots partners who provide dignified clinical care and support for orphans and vulnerable children in India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa. To date, local partners have served over 300,000 people.
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