Pictured (l-r): Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys at 2012 Black Ball Redux Event. Photo by: Stephen Lovekin
Keep a Child Alive CEO Peter Twyman have announced that the Black Ball REDUX, held at “Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater,” raised over $2.9 million – funds that will go to providing lifesaving HIV treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. The event honored the incomparable Oprah Winfrey and Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist Angélique Kidjo for their philanthropic contributions in Africa and worldwide and was emceed by Whoopi Goldberg. With performances by Alicia Keys, Angélique Kidjo, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Hudson and Brittany Howard of the band Alabama Shakes, the event evoked the dynamism of Modern Africa, paying tribute to the empowerment of women and the promise of an AIDS-free Africa.
“The phrase ‘the show must go on’ was proven last night at the Black Ball REDUX,” said Alicia Keys. “I’m thrilled by the outpouring of support for Keep a Child Alive despite the recent tragedies in my hometown of New York from Hurricane Sandy. We must never forget to take care of others, near or far, and I’m grateful the show went on, allowing us to continue supporting life-saving programs in Africa and India.”
Following the cancellation of the annual Black Ball due to Hurricane Sandy, the Black Ball Redux captured the essence, vitality and spirit of the legendary benefit event, uniting celebrity with philanthropy to raise awareness and urgently needed funds for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. The Black Ball has generated over $18 million since 2004.
Among the evening’s generous donations was that of Stewart Rahr who contributed $1 million to Keep a Child Alive. Mr. Rahr, listed as #298 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 now Keep a Child Alive.
“I’m so grateful to my husband for introducing Stewie to Keep a Child Alive. He’s become an amazing supporter of the organization and his unwavering dedication in our fight to help children and families affected by HIV is incredible,” said Alicia Keys.
Along with performances, guests at the Black Ball Redux enjoyed a live auction, an elegant cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvres designed by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Red Rooster Harlem and New York Times Best-Selling Author of Yes, Chef, and spirits generously donated by Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, a premier Upper East Side fixture for over 75 years.
Founded in 2003, KCA provides lifesaving HIV treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Proceeds from the event will help KCA fund clinical and orphan projects in India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa. To date, KCA has served over 300,000 people.