Jetsetters: Alicia Keys, Chris Rock Host Million Dollar Event

Singer Alicia Keys and comedian/actor Chris Rock hosted the Keep a Child Alive’s 12th Annual Black Ball benefit in New York. The event reeled in a total of $3.8 million to help provide treatment and care for children and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.

The benefit was power-packed with star-studded performances and appearances. Keys, who is the co-founder of Keep a Child Alive took to the stage and performed along-side Lenny Kravitz, Wale, and LION BABE. Celebrities in attendance included NBA star Carmelo Anthony, producer Swizz Beatz, Gayle King, Maxwell, Tyson Beckford and more.

“The energy in the Hammerstein Ballroom at last night’s Black Ball was electrifying,” said Alicia Keys in a press release sent to JET. “EVERYONE in the room was there to do their part, to add their support. It’s not right to me that Africa continues to be disproportionally impacted by AIDS, with too many young lives lost. Last night was about helping to correct that situation. To all of our amazing supporters, thank you for joining us, we couldn’t do this every year without you.”

This year, the benefit honored philanthropist Patrice Motsepe and Dr. Precious Moloi-Motsepe for their efforts in addressing social and economic issues in Africa and their support of HIV and AIDS initiatives. The biggest donation of the night was $1 million from Lisa Falcone, of Everest Entertainment.

Photo Cred: Keep a Child Alive/Wire Image



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