Alicia Keys’ show at the Hammerstein Ballroom for Keep a Child Alive sparked big donations, including more than $ 2 million from benefactor Stewart Rahr.
The Girl on Fire made it rain.
Alicia Keys invited her VIPs to Hammerstein Ballroom for her Keep a Child Alive Black Ball and they more than paid their way, raising $ 4 million to help children and families dealing with AIDS in India and South Africa. It was there that Keys, who emceed the event and performed, told Confidenti@l her 3-year-old-son, Egypt, someday might be able to hold his own on stage.
“He’s so independent. He’s extremely smart,” the proud mom said. “He plays piano, he plays drums. His rhythm is kind of impressive.”
Watched over by dad Swizz Beatz, Egypt attended the party wearing a red-and-white baseball jacket and matching Converse high-tops with his name stitched onto them. Keys went through a series of costume changes to perform her hit song “No One” and Cheryl Lynn’s 1978 disco classic “Got to Be Real.”
Her special guests included Yankee All-Star Robinson Cano, designers Diane Von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger (there with his stunning wife, Dee), singer Carole King, legendary producer Clive Davis and high-rolling billionaire philanthropist Stewart Rahr, who paid $ 200,000 to buy two tables and then decided to match all the other donations and hand over another $ 2 million.
On Thursday Confidenti@l exclusively reported that Keys had visited Rahr’s Trump Tower office the previous day, where she was thought to be giving him the hard sell. Insiders tell us not even Keys knew how massive Rahr’s donation would be, which is why she called him onstage to take a bow. Singer Pharrell fittingly ended the night by performing his hit song “Get Lucky.”
Keys helped ignite Keep a Child Alive in 2003 along with KCA president Leigh Blake. The organization shares its resources with 10 clinics and orphan-care sites throughout India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa.
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Eminem’s childhood home in Detroit was badly damaged by fire.
EM’S OLD HOUSE IS SCORCHED
Eminem’s childhood home in Detroit was burned in a fire this week. The tiny house, featured on the cover of his new album, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” was saved but was badly damaged. Firefighters reached the house before it was engulfed by the blaze. Eminem’s mother, Deborah, bought the house in 1987 for $ 19,900. It failed to sell at auction and was left abandoned for a number of years.
Expect Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to have good security, both online and off.
DIRECTOR GETS FACEBLOCKED
Facebook king Mark Zuckerberg has an entourage worthy of Justin Bieber’s, according to “Terms and Conditions May Apply” director Cullen Hoback, who attempted to interview Zuckerberg for his privacy documentary. At the film’s screening at the Core Club on Thursday, Hoback told Confidenti@l what happened when he approached Zuckerberg in public. “There was an armada of SUVs that whipped around the corner. Men who have biceps larger than my body stepped out of cars. It was an intimidating experience.”
HILL GOING GLOBAL
Hillary Clinton will be honored by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at a gala in New York on Dec. 3. The former U.S. secretary of state will receive the Global Impact Award for her Leadership in the Fight against HIV/AIDS. The night will feature dramatic readings by actresses Julianna Margulies, Gloria Reuben and Mary Steenburgen, along with performances by Michael Feinstein and the cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical “Fela!” Nigel Barker and Diane Sawyer are also expected to attend.
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Mariska Hargitay is a star at last on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
THE STAR COMES OUT
It’s about time! Hollywood royalty Mariska Hargitay, 49, arrived with handsome hubby Peter Hermann and three kids — August, 7, and Amaya and Andrew, both 2 — in Los Angeles on Thursday, where she will celebrate her new star on the Walk of Fame. Hargitay’s place is right next to the one for her mom, screen siren Jayne Mansfield, on the Walk. Hargitay is best known for playing Detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s long-running “Law & Order: SVU.”
SHOWING NEW MOVES
Lamar Odom flexed his biceps outside a friend’s home on Wednesday, the ex-NBA star’s 34th birthday. E! reports that Odom slept over at estranged wife Khloe Kardashian’s home the night before, where Odom was said to be present for Kardashian momager Kris Jenner’s 58th birthday party.
Michelle Obama, with help from Harvey Weinstein and Blake Lively, tells high schoolers about the film career scene.
A MICHELLE PRODUCTION
Lights. Camera. First Lady in action! Michelle Obama held court in the White House’s East Room Friday, where she talked to East Coast high school students interested in filmmaking careers. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, actress Blake Lively and “Fruitvale Station” director Ryan Coogler joined the First Lady.