Alicia Keys host’ ‘Keep A Child Alive’ Black Ball

Keep a child alive ambassador Alicia KeysIt is only fair that the host of a charity event should be the most stunning attendee.

And Alicia Keys made sure this was the case when she attended her Keep A Child Alive’s Black Ball in New York on Thursday.

She looked gorgeous in a flattering burgundy as she led the way at the city’s Apollo Theatre. The 31-year-old looked particularly pleased when she posed next to her proud mother Teresa Augello on the red carpet.

But she was not the only one who shone however, as Padma Lakshmi looked good enough to eat in a stunning white ball gown that showed just why former husband Salman Rushdie found her so desirable.

Stewart Rahr

Stewart Rahr

It was certainly a fun evening, and during the auction one man was ready to jump his bid from $100,000 to $250,000 for a trip to South Africa — if Keys would join him and his friends.

She teased him, saying : ‘I’ll go for a little more,’

While the man — pharmaceutical billionaire Stewart Rahr — didn’t raise his bid, but he later pledged $1 million to Keep a Child Alive, helping the R&B singer raise more than $1.3 million.

Million dollar smile: No wonder Alicia's posters adorned the walls of thousands of young male RnB fansKey is the global ambassador for ‘Keep A Child Alive’ , a charity that assists those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Thursday’s event was originally planned for Nov. 1, but was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy.

Alicia said: ‘There are places in the world where Keep a Child Alive serves where they have a Hurricane Sandy every day.’ 

‘They don’t have electricity, they don’t have heat… and that made me more invigorated to make sure this Black Ball happened.’

Keys honored Oprah Winfrey at the event for the entrepreneur’s philanthropic efforts, including her school, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which launched in 2007.

“It’s a universal truth, Oprah makes change happen,” Keys said.

Winfrey said she was honored to receive an award from Keys, and that it confirms she’s “moving in the right direction. You try to keep a child alive and I try to educate them as best as I can,'” Winfrey said onstage.

Before that, a video played onscreen detailing the launch of Winfrey’s school and how the mogul struggled in her early years, riding on a bus with maids from the inner city to the suburbs to attend a better high school.Oprah Winfrey and girls at Acadamy School in South Africa

‘When I look at Africans girls I see myself,’ 58-year-old Winfrey said. “I continue to work for them to have the same opportunities that I have.’

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo was also honored and she joined Keys onstage for some upbeat, drum-filled numbers.

Bonnie Raitt also performed, as she and Keys sang a duet version of her slow groove ‘I Just Can’t Make You Love Me.’ Keys said it was ‘one of my dreams to sing’ with Raitt.

Jennifer Hudson and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes also hit the stage, where Whoopi Goldberg worked as the night’s emcee.

‘I read “50 Shades of Grey” so I stay away from paddles,’ Goldberg said when the auction began.

Celebrities at the Black Ball

Star of the show: Alicia Keys looked stunning at her charity Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball in New York on ThursdayStar of the show: Alicia Keys looked stunning at her charity Keep a Child Alive's Black Ball in New York on ThursdayMillion dollar smile: No wonder Alicia’s posters adorned the walls of thousands of young male RnB fansMillion dollar smile: No wonder Alicia's posters adorned the walls of thousands of young male RnB fansFamily resemblance: Alicia looked excited to be posing alongside her mother Teresa AugelloFamily resemblance: Alicia looked excited to be posing alongside her mother Teresa AugelloNo wonder he’s smiling: Jolly Peter Twyman could not believe his luck as he posed with stunning Padma LakshmiNo wonder he's smiling: Jolly Peter Twyman could not believe his luck as he posed with stunning Padma LakshmiBonnie lass: Music star Raitt looked surprisingly good in this black trouser suitBonnie lass: Music star Raitt looked surprisingly good in this black trouser suit Glamour girls: Angelique Kidjo tired her best not to look intimidated standing next to Alicia and PadmaGlamour girls: Angelique Kidjo tired her best not to look intimidated standing next to Alicia and PadmaShe’s got front: Cheeky Everybody Loves Raymond star Doris Roberts hammed it up for the camerasShe's got front: Cheeky Everybody Loves Raymond star Doris Roberts hammed it up for the cameras Showing Love: Alicia Key’s little brother Cole Cook showed up to support his sister is standing next to Andre Leon King Cole Cook and Andre Leon KingHumanitarian: Oprah’s best friend Gayle King looked lovelyGayle KingGolden: Heidy De La Rosa looked stunning in her gold one-shoulder dressHeidy De La RoseYouthful: Lisa Falcone reversed the hands of age back a few yearsLisa FalconeHaitian Pras Michel was on-board to keep a child alivePras MichelSupportive husband: Swizz Beatz is always there to support his wife Swizz Beatz

Keep A Child Alive Foundation

Keep a child aliveThe seed of Keep a Child Alive was sown in Kenya in 2002. Royalties from Leigh Blake’s previous fundraiser, Red Hot & Blue, built the AIDS Research and Family Care Clinic in Mombasa.

A woman named Anne walked in to the clinic, desperate to obtain the anti-retroviral drugs her three-year-old son Brine needed to survive. At the time the medication’s high cost was an impossible dream for most Africans to afford, and Leigh was so moved by this woman and her courage that she decided to pay for them.

Word of the children’s desperate need for medication spread among Leigh’s friends and colleagues, and soon they were offering to do the same. Alicia Keys passion for the issue drove her to become our first Global Ambassador.

A decade later, with over 9,000 children and family members on ARV treatment, more than 300,000 people served where we work, orphan care projects in Africa and India receiving our support, and major clinic sites in expansion, Keep a Child Alive is making a direct impact in the lives of so many who need help.

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6 thoughts on “Alicia Keys host’ ‘Keep A Child Alive’ Black Ball

  1. I had no idea Alicia Keys was an Ambassador for such a great cause. Go Alicia! I’m proud of you. Glad you were able to raise money for such an important cause.

  2. HIV/AIDS is sad enough without thinking about the effect it has on children. I’m glad humanity is doing all it can to fight it and also research solutions.

  3. As a man living with HIV I appreciate organization who work tirelessly on eradicating the disease. Children should not have to suffer the agonizing effects of HIV/AIDS. Thanks for posting this KolorBlind Magazine!

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