Russell Simmons, Dave Chappelle and Gayle King were just a few of the many attendees at last night’s Art for Life Benefit in the Hamptons. The 16th annual Art for Life benefit, held at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, was held in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The event raised more than $1.19 million in support of RUSH’s work to bring arts programing to inner city youth.
The event, hosted by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s co-founders Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons and Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, was emceed by Soledad O’Brien. Angela Simmons and JoJo Simmons joined their uncles for the evening that honored Dave Chappelle, Michaela and Simon de Pury, Ava DuVernay and featured artist Wangechi Mutu. The roaring 20s themed event featured music by DJ M.O.S. and special performances by Bell Biv Devoe and Elle Varner.
Additional guests included James Lipton, Jason Binn, Jaslene Gonzalez, Bleona, DJ Kiss, LuAnn de Lesseps and Kevin Liles.