Russell Simmons & Danny Simmons joined forces to host the 14th Annual ART FOR LIFE Benefit and raised $1.5 million and counting for their Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation on Saturday, July 27th in Bridgehampton. This year’s event, held at Fairview Farms, took on an inspiration theme – A Field of Dreams – and celebrated the creative energy of New York City youth and honored individuals in the community for their career achievements and philanthropic work.
This year’s honorees included Samuel Englebardt and William D. Johnson of Demarest Films, Anne Pasternak of Creative Time, writer Walter Mosley, and Filmmaker Tyler Perry. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien hosted the evening, which featured a Rush Kids Auction hosted by actor Anthony Anderson and special performances by Estelle, Rick Ross and Maxwell as well as a surprise performance by Doug E. Fresh. Guests included Angela Simmons, Michael Strahan, Nicole Murphy, Rev. Al Sharpton, Star Jones, Skylar Diggins, Olivia Culpo, Nana Meriwether, Melanie Fiona, Tahiry Jose, Jill Zarin, Kevin Liles, Chloe Flower, Flaviana Matata, Angela Martini and more.
Music was provided by DJ M.O.S. Star Jones and Michael Strahan acted as Honorary Chairs, and Event Chairs included Kimberly Hatchett, Crystal McCrary, Camilla Olsson and Richard & Lisa Plepler. Lucille Blair and Alberto Mugrabi served as Art Auction Chairs with Shamin Abas and Angella Forbes as Luxury Auction Chairs. This year’s featured artist was renowned artist and photographer Rashid Johnson.
Designer Roberto Cavalli provided linens, created especially for ART FOR LIFE, in a vibrant patchwork of prints to compliment the event’s Field of Dreams theme. Guests enjoyed a Roberto Cavalli red carpet experience created inside the event and left with a printed souvenir scarf.
This year’s online Charitybuzz auction launched on July 17th and will run through August 7th on www.Charitybuzz.com/AFL2013. Highlights include priceless experiences such as dinner with Magic Johnson and five friends, a walk-on role in Tyler Perry’s next feature film, a VIP package with the band One Direction, lunch with Sarah Jessica Parker, a day on tour with musician Robin Thicke, and a meet-and-greet with Ice-T on the set of Law & Order SVU.
About Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
Proceeds from ART FOR LIFE benefit the Foundation’s signature arts education and gallery programs, which directly serve over 2,300 students each year. Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented and emerging artists. ART FOR LIFE, which launched in 2000, is Rush Philanthropic’s primary fundraising outreach to friends and supporters. For more information, visitwww.rushphilanthropic.org. Follow us on Twitter @rush_art, on Facebook www.facebook.com/RushPhilanthropicArtsFoundation and Instagram #ArtForLife.