We love celebrities who give back! On July 26th, Russell Simmons held his 15th Annual ‘Art For Live’ event. The purpose of the event is to benefit for RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation, which provides inner city youth across New York City with exposure to the arts. The art exhibit kicked off in the Hamptons.
According to Simmons’ Instagram, this year they raised $2.5 million. While she wasn’t in attendance, his ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, donated $1 million to the charity. He excitedly shared the news on Instagram writing:
Last night was incredible!! The 15th annual “Art For Life” Hamptons benefit for RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation raised over $2.5 MILLION!! Sad that @OfficialKimora couldn’t join us, as we honored her for her incredible generosity and her inspiration to us all, but our daughters, Ming and Aoki were excellent giving a speech on her behalf. Her ONE MILLION DOLLAR donation is sooooooo greatly appreciated!!!!!! #ArtForLife
Hosted by Soledad O’Brien, this year’s honorees include: Michael R. Bloomberg (Former New York City Mayor, Founder and owner of Bloomberg L.P); Georgina Bloomberg (Daughter of Michael Bloomberg, Animal Activist); Valentino D. Carlotti (Board member of American Ballet Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Studio Museum in Harlem, and Serves on leadership boards of Lincoln Center Corporate Fund); Jason Flom (Serves on boards of The Innocence Project, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Legal Action Center, and The Drug Policy Alliance).
Celebrity guests included Angela and JoJo Simmons, Soledad O’Brien (who hosted the event), Russell’s brother Danny Simmons (who serves as the Executive Director), Russell’s daughters Ming Lee and Aioki Lee, Bob Kraft