Top fashion designers such as Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, Topshop, Topman, Opening Ceremony, Thom Browne, Simon Doonan and Chroma donated a black leather bear each, designed with their signature style, which was auctioned off at The Other Ball on Tuesday to benefit Arms Around the Child.
The Other Ball, Sponsored by Topshop Topman, made its annual debut at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, hosted by British producer Mark Ronson, in an effort to raise funds to support Children Living in Extreme Adversity and the Next Frontier of AIDS Advocacy.
Luminaries and participants of The Other Ball included The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Peter Edge, Mark Seliger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mikky Ekko, Lykke Li, Miguel and Nate Ruess from Fun. Alicia Keys and filmmaker David Lynch attended via video with messages for the evening’s honorees.
Clive Davis addressed the critical need to help children living in extreme adversity and commended Leigh Blake, President of Arms Around the Child, for her 25-year history working as an advocate. All proceeds from the event, including the designer leather bears, went towards helping Arms Around the Child support children living in extreme adversity.
Leigh Blake, who co-founded Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys, is a harbinger of AIDS advocacy work. Over the years, Blake has made her mark in using the power of fame and celebrity to make the world a better place.
Through the auction at The Other Ball, Arms Around the Child will be able to protect many kids who would otherwise be prey to sexual abuse, exploitation, hunger and neglect. I am incredibly thankful to all those who came out to support our cause last night.
Arms Around the Child auctioned off an array of incredible items and experiences, which included couture black leather bears that were custom designed and donated to the auction by top fashion designers, Christian Louboutin, Topshop, Topman, Alexander Wang, Simon Doonan, Opening Ceremony, Chromat and Thom Browne.
The Other Ball is a new annual fundraising event that harnesses the power of the collective to benefit children suffering in the developing world. Millions of children have lost their parents, become infected with HIV or other diseases, fallen prey to those out to harm them and have been trafficked, sold or sexually abused. Arms Around the Child wants to provide safe, loving homes to as many of these children as possible and advocate for a kinder world for children.
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