OnÂ Saturday, July 18, Russell Simmons,Â Danny Simmons, and Joseph “Rev Runâ€ Simmons will host Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s 20th anniversary at the 2015 ART FOR LIFE benefit, in Bridgehampton, NY.Â Award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien will emcee the evening which will honorÂ Dave Chappelle, Michaela and Simon de Pury, Ava DuVernay, and featured artistÂ Wangechi Mutu for their support of the arts, career achievements, and overall commitment to our communities.
Other planned highlights of the evening include performances byÂ Bell Biv DeVoe with music byÂ DJ M.O.S , and a special presentation to the recipients of the 2015Â Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship, graduates of the Rush Teens program. Bravo’s Fashion Queen, Bevy Smith will host the Art For Life Red CarpetÂ and the event’s Honorary Chairs includeÂ Star Jones andÂ Loren Ridinger &Â JR Ridinger; and Event Chairs areÂ Daniel Bass,Â Michelle Gadsen-Williams &Â David Jamal Williams, Kimberly Hatchett,Â Rhonda R. Mims,Â Racquel Oden Merrill Lynch,Â Camilla Olsson,Â Josue Sejour The Sejour Group, andÂ Jim Williams Williams Telecommunications.
For 20 years,Â Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF)Â 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 andÂ 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 inÂ a statement released by the organization.
To purchase tickets, contact Tracey Doolin at Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc., at (212) 254-6677 or via emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available online viaÂ http://rushphilanthropic.org/artforlife.