We are dedicated to providing life-saving HIV treatment, care, nutritious food, support services and love to children and families affected by HIV in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Dedicated. Compassionate. Dynamic.
How did you first get involved with Keep a Child Alive (KCA)?
In 2006, I had an internship at Empire Entertainment, the company that produces the Black Ball. Empire referred me to KCA to assist and support the event. I came on board as a consultant and the rest is history!
What does a day look like in the life of Danielle, Director of Special Events at KCA?
My day begins before I wake up, no really, I keep a note pad on my nightstand.
The beauty of working with a small team is that you wear many hats - so no two days are ever the same. On any given day, there are phone calls and an enormous amount of emails to answer.
Days surrounding events are very different, it ranges from researching dolls for an art installation to running around town finalizing last minute details.
I also handle the community events at KCA. It is such a joy on days when I am able to guide young supporters in planning their first fundraisers.
What is your favorite part of the job?
I love when we receive photos from our sites, especially of the children - it really makes my day. As a team we usually crowd around one person’s computer to swoon over them. The stories that accompany the photos are so inspiring, it fuels me to work even harder.
What do you enjoy doing outside of the KCA office?
I really enjoy photography, traveling and discovering hidden spots in my Brooklyn neighborhood. Did you know that there is a market that is made of shipping containers on Dekalb Avenue?!
What inspires you most about the work of Keep a Child Alive?
- The people we serve who have the brightest spirits imaginable.
- The unbelievable generosity of the people who support our work.
- The creativity and hearts of Alicia and the rest of the KCA team.
What is your favorite part of the Black Ball?
The moment when all 600 guests are seated and the magic begins. I always take a minute to just stop and stand on the balcony to look at the whole room and take it all in… it is truly amazing.
What is the best event advice you have been given?
I was watching the Royal Wedding (admitted guilty pleasure) and the florist was speaking about the massive task of putting together all of the arrangements. He said something along the lines of… In these situations you must always be a swan - on top, very graceful and on the bottom, paddling a mile a minute but no one can see!
”Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." Steve Jobs