Alicia Keys and her organization, Keep A Child Alive, held the 12th Annual Black Ball this week to bring awareness and raise money for the fight against AIDS.
According to Billboard, the night featured performances by Alicia, Lion Babe, Wale, and Lenny Kravitz, and was emceed by the organization’s CEO, Peter Twyman. The event also honored Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Patrice Motsepe have been committing half of the proceeds of their family assets to charitable causes and sustainable development of the people of South Africa and the broader African continent since 2013. “We believe in the world Alicia does,” Patrice said. “We believe in giving people means of learning to fish for themselves instead of giving them fish.”
Over 750 attendees including Chris Rock, Nigel Barker, Carmelo Anthony, 750 attendees came out to support Alicia and the cause. “I am hoping people really recognize the power that we have to make a difference in people’s lives,” Alicia told Billboard. “We don’t have to do big things. We can do a series of very small things that change people’s world. Together we can really make big differences in the world.” Chris also added, “Almost 37 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and a lot of them have no access to treatment. None at all. So everyone needs to come together, and we’ve gotta end this once and for all.”
Since 2003, KCA, co-founded by Alicia herself, has raised global awareness about the urgent and unmet need for HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. The organization provides financial and programmatic support to nine grassroots partners in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and India to fight the physical, social and economic impact of HIV on children, families and communities.
This year’s Black Ball raised $3.8 million for HIV/AIDS research and treatment! Amazing! Kudos to Alicia and her team at KCA for continuing to fight against AIDS. Their organization is making a big impact!
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