Alicia Keys, Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz Help KCA Raise 3.8M At Black Ball

By Jack Barnes

Last night Keep a Child Alive (KCA) celebrated their 12th annual Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York to raise the necessary funds to provide treatment and care for children and families impacted by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India. The event raised an amazing 3.8 M!

KCA co-founder and the night’s host Alicia Keys, was joined on stage by Chris Rock who emceed, keeping the crowd laughing in between breaks and possibly giving the audience a preview of his upcoming hosting gig at the Oscars.

Lenny Kravitz, LION BABE and Wale joined Alicia on stage to perform electric performances that had the crowd on their feet. Additional guests included Gayle King, Clive Davis, Lewis Hamilton, Padma Lakshmi, Tyson Beckford, Carmelo Anthony, David Byrne,Hanna Bronfman, Swizz Beatz, KRS-one, Maxwell, Nigel Barker, Mr. Brainwash, Kehinde Wiley, Baz Luhrmann and more.

Chairman of the Motsepe Family Foundation, Patrice Motsepe and Deputy Chairman, Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe were honored with Keep a Child Alive’s Humanitarian Award for their efforts to address the issues of social and economic inequality for Africa’s poorest people, and their generous support of HIV and AIDS initiatives over the years.

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.


For a third consecutive year, Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited is a presenting sponsor of Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball. Jynwel Foundation is committed to funding breakthrough programs that accelerate and scale solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges in the fields of global public health, education and conservation.

Givenchy Parfums is proud to return as a presenting sponsor of Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball. Givenchy Parfums is a luxury fragrance and cosmetics brand that cultivates a unique blend of aristocratic elegance and daring creativity. The creative freedom of the brand, which combines style with impertinence, is reflected in its Couture-inspired perfumes, its audacious and trend-setting make-up products with genuine leather cases, and its innovative skincare formulas.

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Spirits for the evening are generously donated by event sponsor Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, a long-time partner of Keep a Child Alive. Founded in 1934, Sherry-Lehmann is located in the heart of Manhattan, at 505 Park Avenue. The Sherry-Lehmann store combines old-world charm with modern sophistication, and caters to seasoned wine lovers and beginners alike. Renowned for its deep stock of fine wine and spirits from across the globe, its helpful, knowledgeable staff, and award-winning website, Sherry-Lehmann is committed to delivering an incomparable level of customer service. Entering its 80th year of business, Sherry-Lehmann’s dedication has learned many awards, including: “Retailer of the Year” (The Wine Enthusiast), “New York’s #1 Wine Shop” (Zagat), and the “#1 Wine Shop in America” (Forbes). Visit for more information.


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,, 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.

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

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