Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Gala Rocks Bridgehampton

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WATER MILL, NY - JULY 18:  Singer Elle Varner performs on stage at Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
JULY 18: Singer Elle Varner performs on stage at Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)

One of the most anticipated Hampton events occurred this weekend with A-listers and New York’s elite in attendance—the annual Art For LIfe benefit for Russell Simmons charity, Rush Philanthripic Arts Foundation.  This year, honorees were Dave Chappelle, Michaela and Simon de Pury and Ava DuVernay with featured artist Wangechi Mutu— who were honored for their support of the arts, career achievement and overall commitment to inner city communities.

Russell Simmons sported a blue seersucker suit complete with bow tie which was very much  in tune with the theme of the evening,The Roaring Twenties. CBS’s morning show’s Gale King, wore a blue and white china patterned mermaid gown which complimented Mr Simmons while Dave Chapelle donned a straw hat that looked straight from the almost century old era.The Bombay Sapphire gin seemed to be overflowing with special cocktails for guests to enjoy.

Mr. Simmons attended with his daughters, Angela and JoJo Simmons who are both gorgeous young debutantes and posed proudly with their Dad at the step and repeat.

The affair featured music by DJ M.O.S. and special performances by Bell Biv Devoe and Elle Varner which added to the fun, party atmosphere.

 The event raised more than $1.19 million in support of RUSH‘s work to bring arts programing to inner city youth. Additional guests included James Lipton, Jason Binn, Jaslene Gonzalez, Bleona, DJ Kiss, LuAnn de Lesseps and Kevin Liles.

The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing inner city youth across New York City with exposure to the arts for the past 20 years. The gala, Art For LIfe has been a staple event in the Hamptons for 16 years.

This year’s Art for Life benefit will feature a coinciding online auction via Charitybuzz launching earlier in the month.

Past honorees and supporters have included Michael Bloomberg, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tyler Perry, Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey among many others.

WATER MILL, NY - JULY 18:  Dave Chappelle and Gayle King attend as Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
JULY 18: Dave Chappelle and Gayle King attend as Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 18:  Soledad O'Brien, Russell Simons, Danny Simmons, Dave Chappelle, Wangechi Mutu, Simon de Pury, Ava DuVernay and Tangie Murray attend as Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
Soledad O’Brien, Russell Simons, Danny Simmons, Dave Chappelle, Wangechi Mutu, Simon de Pury, Ava DuVernay and Tangie Murray attend as Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 18:  Russell Simmons, Ava DuVernay and Simon de Pury attend as Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.  (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
Russell Simmons, Ava DuVernay and Simon de Pury attend as Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
WATER MILL, NY - JULY 18:  Michael Bivins; Ronnie DeVoe; Ricky Bell of Bell Biv DeVoe perform on stage at Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
WATER MILL, NY – JULY 18: Michael Bivins; Ronnie DeVoe; Ricky Bell of Bell Biv DeVoe perform on stage at Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
attends as Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.
Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit
attends as Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.
Russel Simmons and Dave Chappell at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation gala

 

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