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While Hurricane Sandy did indeed cause quite a significant amount of damage to the East Coast of the US last month, it couldn’t defeat the efforts of Alicia Keys and her annual ‘Black Ball’ fundraiser, put on by the Keep a Child Alive charity.
The Ball, originally scheduled for November 1, was postponed by the largest Atlantic hurricane on record until last night.
In the midst of taking photo’s on the red carpet, Keys stated that although the storm meant a great deal to the US, they’re a normal occurrence in many impoverished countries worldwide.
‘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,’ said the ‘Girl on Fire’ activist.
As scheduled, the night went on to honor Oprah Winfrey for her many charitable endeavors, including The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls that she launched in South Africa in 2007. The former talk show host stated that the award was a verification that she was indeed ‘moving in the right direction.’
‘You try to keep a child alive and I try to educate them as best as I can. When I look at Africans girls I see myself. I continue to work for them to have the same opportunities that I have,’ said Winfrey.
The evening, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, also saw the honoring of Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, as well as performances by Bonnie Raitt, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, and Jennifer Hudson.
Notably missing from the festivities were previously scheduled entertainers Beyoncé and Carol King, who likely had to decline due to the change in dates.
Overall, the Ball raised a total of $1.3 million for those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.
After the night came to a close, the ‘Not Even the King’ songstress shared a snap, via Instagram, of herself and hubby Swizz Beats, who served as her dutiful companion.
A huge salute to Alicia for continuing on with her philanthropic event for an outstanding cause!