Keys says King “blazed the trail for women in the music industry.” She added “women will be rocking the house this year.” A previous statement from the singer said that this year’s event will pay “special tribute to the empowerment of women – the heartbeat, soul, and backbone of the AIDS movement.”
Emceed by Whoopi Goldberg, the ninth annual Keep A Child Alive’s Black Ball takes place Nov. 1 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Keys, who launched the charity in 2003, is the evening’s host and musical director. She will also perform, in addition to Alabama Shakes and Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo.
Kidjo and Oprah Winfrey are being honored during the event for their philanthropic efforts.
The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. The dress code is “black tie fly.”
Since 2004, the Black Ball has raised over $13.8 million for Keep a Child Alive. Individual tickets to the 2012 event are $5,000. Gala tables (for 10 guests) range from $50,000 to $100,000. To purchase tickets or a table, contact Danielle Spitzer at 718-965-1111 or [email protected].
Keep A Child Alive focuses on children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India through treatment, food, orphan care and creating hope for a future. The charity’s website proudly proclaims that it has earned its second consecutive highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator. In 2011 its expenses were divided up with 86 percent of funds going to programs, six percent for management, and eight percent dedicated to fundraising.
For more information about Keep a Child Alive, click here for the charity’s website.