Russell Simmons brought out a bevy of stars on Saturday for his annual Art for Life Gala that raised $1.5 million for arts education, which has been sorely lacking in our schools these days, geared towards at risk youth. Russell works with his brothers: Rev Run and Danny Simmons, an artist in his own right, (check him out) to develop opportunities for young ones to showcase their artwork in galleries around Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as in public schools. RUSH Philanthropic Foundation boasts that it caters to 2,500 kids annually with their programs.
Not to shabby, Mr. Simmons, so it’s only fitting that the event get a major upgrade. Mission Accomplished. To cater to a larger guest list. The Art for Life Gala was held in a Field of Dreams. Well, actually, Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, but you guys know what I mean.
Anyhoo, the stars were shining extra bright to raise awareness for the arts.
Anthony Anderson pointed out what must have been a very lovely crowd.
Danny Simmons looking extra sharp made an appearance.
Tyler Perry was honored at the event.
Soledad O’Brien hosted the event…While Rick Ross, Maxwell and Estelle rocked the mic.
A lucky friend of mine who attended the gala, actually hijacked Estelle’s performance. Good thing Estelle likes to share the stage with an American boy.
But nothing beats this epic photo of Rick Ross and Russell Simmons’ two daughters. There are no words…
Fun Times had by all!!