Alicia Keys Has a Ball at KCA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Dec 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
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After her first trip to Africa in 2003 Alicia Keys experienced the tremendous impact AIDS had the continent. From that transformative visit Keys was inspired to co-found Keep a Child Alive (KCA). Earlier this month (Nov. 7) KCA celebrated its 10th anniversary at its annual Black Ball. The evenings guests included the likes of Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz, Chris Daughtry, Rachel Crow, Tyson Beckford, Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Steve Van Zandt, and Gayle King.

Held at the Hammerstein Ballroom the event featured performances from Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Carole King, Kathleen Battle, Laura Mvula and Roy Ayers. Funds raised by the charity from events like the Black Ball help local clinics in India, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda with treatment programs, food assistance, and child care.

Alicia Keys spoke about her experience saying, “In the ten years since I held that first child in Africa I have seen the lives of children and families and communities totally transform by the work of Keep a Child Alive. We’ve come to know it’s not just about providing medicine, when treatment is provided with love and compassion and nurturing and support children thrive. And since we’ve started KCA significant progress has been made. We’ve touched the lives of over 300,000 children and adults affected by HIV.”

Happy to be in attendance with his wife, Alicia Keys, and their son, Swizz Beatz told PressRoomVIP, “I’m looking forward to raising a lot of money to help a lot of people, and more importantly the great energy in the room and the awareness. Because the awareness is where it’s at. The more people that know how giving back and being a part of great things can change lives the more people should want to do it.”

Alicia Keys is definitely creating a legacy for her son and his generation that will dramatically improve the human condition.

After her first trip to Africa in 2003 Alicia Keys experienced the tremendous impact AIDS had the continent. From that transformative visit Keys was inspired to co-found Keep a Child Alive (KCA). Earlier this month (Nov. 7) KCA celebrated its 10th anniversary at its annual Black Ball. The evenings guests included the likes of Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz, Chris Daughtry, Rachel Crow, Tyson Beckford, Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Steve Van Zandt, and Gayle King.