Keep a Child Alive CEO Peter Twyman has announced that the 10th annual Black Ball, held Thursday night at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, raised $4 million – funds that will go to providing lifesaving HIV treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa and India. Hosted by Keep a Child Alive Global Ambassador Alicia Keys, the event featured spectacular performances by Keys, Pharrell Williams, Carole King, Roy Ayers, Kathleen Battle and Laura Mvula, with an Afterglow finale featuring sounds from Swizz Beatz.
“Last night’s Black Ball celebration truly symbolized what we can accomplish with the power of commitment, generosity and standing together!” says Alicia Keys. “Beyond marking our 10th anniversary—the night was an opportunity for all of us at Keep a Child Alive to give thanks to our incredible supporters who have helped us transform lives and bring care to thousands of children and families in Africa and India. It was a magical evening, the best one yet, and we pray that in the next 10 years, the need to raise money for AIDS won’t exist.”
Along with the performances, guests of the Black Ball enjoyed an elegant cocktail reception and a live auction led by Tash Perrin and Bonnie Brennan of Christie’s.
Among the evening’s generous donations was that of Stewart Rahr who contributed $2 million to Keep a Child Alive, thereby re-affirming his commitment to the effort to bring dignified HIV treatment and comprehensive, loving care to children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India.
Mr. Rahr, listed as #327 on the Forbes 400 according to Forbes Magazine, sold his pharmaceutical distribution company for over $1 billion and put aside $100 million to establish the Rahr Foundation. Rahr gives generously to many charities including those focused on medical issues, education and healthcare, and has been a long-time supporter of Keep a Child Alive.
“Last night’s Black Ball celebration truly symbolized what we can accomplish with the power of commitment, generosity and standing together!”
“Stewie has been an amazing and generous advocate of Keep a Child Alive and we are so grateful for his dedication in our fight to help children and families affected by HIV,” states Keys.
Jynwel Charitable Foundation has announced a $250,000 gift that will enable Keep a Child Alive to implement and expand innovative programs for children and young people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. The Foundation, committed to funding break-through programs that help scale and accelerate advancements in global health, education and conservation, provided this grant to support initiatives that will deliver age-appropriate treatment, care and support to young people living with HIV, and advance the use of technology to fuel a movement of young advocates in several countries. Jynwel Charitable Foundation is proud to partner with Keep a Child Alive to continue expanding and enhancing access to dignified HIV treatment and support for affected children and families.
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Spirits for the evening were generously donated by event sponsor Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, a premier Upper East Side fixture for over 75 years.
Author: Rob Perez
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