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Keep a Child Alive CEO Peter Twyman announced today that Grammy Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams has joined the line-up of performers at the 10th Annual Black Ball taking place on November 7, 2013 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Alongside Pharrell will be performances by Keep a Child Alive Global Ambassador and event host Alicia Keys as well as the legendary Carole King, beloved jazz/R&B artist Roy Ayers, British soul singer Laura Mvula and opera singer Kathleen Battle.

“As we near our 10th anniversary event, we’re thrilled to welcome Pharrell to the Black Ball stage,” said Twyman. “His incredible talent combined with our already stellar roster will make for a wonderful night of music and giving back.”

In celebration of Black Ball’s 10th year, Keep a Child Alive has invited back two standout artists from years past including Roy Ayers who performed at the inaugural Black Ball in 2004, and Kathleen Battle who sang alongside Keys at the 2007 Black Ball. KCA is excited to bring artists Pharrell Williams, Carole King and Laura Mvula to the Black Ball stage for the first time. Also joining the Black Ball stage this year will be Swizz Beatz who will be DJing the evening’s Afterglow finale.

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Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, a premier Upper East Side fixture for over 75 years, is the wine and liquor sponsor.

Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball is a star-studded event where celebrity and philanthropy join hand in hand. The evening celebrates the work of Keep a Child Alive and raises millions for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. Past performers have included Jay-Z, Adele, David Bowie, Sade, Bono, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and many more incredible artists. This star-studded event has currently raised over $18.5 million for children and families affected by HIV.

Founded in 2003, Keep a Child Alive believes that every person has the right to dignified health care and a future. The organization currently supports nine grassroots organizations, which provide lifesaving HIV treatment, comprehensive clinical care for children and families affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa, and India. Services also include psychosocial support, nutritious food, as well as loving support for children orphaned due to AIDS. To date, local partners have served over 300,000 people.


The Black Ball is a star-studded event where celebrity and philanthropy join hand-in-hand. The evening celebrates the work of Keep a Child Alive and raises millions for children and families living with and affected by HIV in Africa and India. In years past, Alicia Keys has shared the Black Ball stage with Jay-Z, Bono, Annie Lennox, David Bowie, Chris Martin, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Common, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Angélique Kidjo, Norah Jones,, Janelle Monae, Femi Kuti, Bonnie Raitt, Damian Marley, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, and Usher, among others. The Black Ball has raised over $18.5 million since its inception.

The Black Ball has also honored humanitarians who use their passion, fame, and courage to better our world. Previously, Keep a Child Alive had the pleasure of honoring President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Richard Branson, Simon Fuller, Bono, George Harrison, Angélique Kidjo, Stephen Lewis, amongst others.

Black Ball tables and tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by contacting Danielle Spitzer at 718-965-1111 x16. For more information, please visit


Founded in 2003 by long-time AIDS activist Leigh Blake and co-founded by 14-time Grammy® Award winner Alicia Keys, Keep a Child Alive believes that every person has the right to health care and deserves a future. Born out of outrage over the injustice of children and families dying due to a lack of access to drugs that were widely available in wealthier countries, the organization’s focus has been to raise global awareness about the urgent and unmet need for HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa, and to grant funds to community-based organizations to provide free, life-saving treatment to keep children living with HIV from needlessly dying. Ten years later, Keep a Child Alive’s core mission is unchanged. Their work has since grown to include the care components that we know are necessary to support successful, life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive clinical care, psychosocial support, nutritious food, and loving care.

Currently, Keep a Child Alive provides financial and programmatic support to nine innovative, community-based partners in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and India, who work tirelessly to provide loving services for children and families living with and affected by HIV. With Alicia Keys as Global Ambassador, Keep a Child Alive uses its voice to raise awareness, mobilize people to take action, and rally resources in the global response to HIV.

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