Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Hosts Art for Life Benefit

On Saturday, July 18, Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons, and Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons will host Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s 20th anniversary at the 2015 ART FOR LIFE benefit, in Bridgehampton, NY. Award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien will emcee the evening which will honor Dave Chappelle, Michaela and Simon de Pury, Ava DuVernay, and featured artist Wangechi Mutu for their support of the arts, career achievements, and overall commitment to our communities.

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Other planned highlights of the evening include performances by Bell Biv DeVoe with music by DJ M.O.S , and a special presentation to the recipients of the 2015 Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship, graduates of the Rush Teens program. Bravo’s Fashion Queen, Bevy Smith will host the Art For Life Red Carpet and the event’s Honorary Chairs include Star Jones and Loren Ridinger & JR Ridinger; and Event Chairs are Daniel Bass, Michelle Gadsen-Williams & David Jamal Williams, Kimberly Hatchett, Rhonda R. Mims, Racquel Oden Merrill Lynch, Camilla Olsson, Josue Sejour The Sejour Group, and Jim Williams Williams Telecommunications.

For 20 years, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) has demonstrated their dedication to inner city youth by providing them with significant exposure to the arts. The organization has also supported emerging artists such as Wangechi Mutu and Kehinde Wiley with exhibition opportunities.

“Art saves lives, it is that simple. Rush Philanthropic believes that if you give young people the opportunity to practice and appreciate art – whether poetry, music, dance, or the visual arts – then you will see lives transformed as young people learn to value their own unique voices and visions. It is this type of impact we aspire to see happen and that your support will make possible,” said in a statement released by the organization.

To purchase tickets, contact Tracey Doolin at Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc., at (212) 254-6677 or via email Tickets are also available online via

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