A$AP Rocky and The Black Keys Raise Thousands for Charity at The Other Ball


The Highline Ballroom buzzed with the excitement of eager guests last night at The Other Ball, an exclusive event hosted by Mark Ronson to benefit Arms Around the Child. The noted organization supports children around the globe, helping to provide safe, loving homes and brighter futures.

The Other Ball was sponsored by TOPSHOP TOPMAN and brought together The Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Mikky Ekko, Lykke Li, Nate Ruess and Miguel (with musical direction by Jeff Bhasker and late-night tunes from DJ Samantha Ronsen) in an unforgettable musical benefit that honored Arms Around the Child and “quiet revolutionaries” like Peter Edge, Bob Roth and Mark Seliger.


“I’m deeply honored to be involved in the first annual event for Arms Around the Child, The Other Ball. Leigh is a force of nature and through her tireless work and insane energy, has launched two life-changing organizations, Red Hot and Keep A Child Alive, which have between them raised $50 million and helped to save over three million lives,” Mark Ronson divulges.

“‘Fame currency,’ as you could call it, can be used for good. These artists desire to use their power responsibly.”


Arms Around the Child founder Leigh Blake shares, “In my travels, what made me weep was all the children left behind. This is for them. We are committed to finding a safe and loving homes for children in India and Africa.”

Blake honored Bob Roth, Peter Edge and Mark Seliger with the help of Clive Davis and others, awarding each a Quiet Revolutionaries Award. Seliger comments, “There are three things that are certain in life. You will pay taxes, you will die and you will say yes to Leigh Blake. You know when you work with her, it doesn’t stop at writing a check.”


The evening’s auction was a massive success, earning thousands of dollars in donations and bids. Some of the highlights included a print of Biggie that went for over $11,000 and a leather Christian Louboutin-designed bear that sold for $6,000.

To learn more about Arms Around the Child or to donate, visit their website HERE.

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