16th Annual ‘Art for Life’ Benefit: Russell Simmons, Elle Varner, Dave Chapelle, Gayle King, Ava Duvernay & More! [Photos]

Aoki Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons and Ming Lee Simmons

Aoki Lee Simmons, Russell Simmons and Ming Lee Simmons


Over the weekend, Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons, Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and the Board of Directors of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation held it’s Annual ‘Art For Life’ event. This year, the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation celebrated their 20th Anniversary and 16th Annual ART FOR LIFE Hamptons Benefit Event–their primary fundraising initiative for our friends and supporters. The evening is held in celebration of the creative energy of our inner-city youth, honored exemplary individuals for success in their respective fields and good works to better our communities.

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 10.47.39 PM

Held at Fairview Farms, Bridgehampton, this years event was hosted by Soledad O’Brien and honored Dave Chappelle, Michaela and Simon de Pury and Ava DuVernay. This year’s special performances were by Bell Biv Devoe (BBD) and Elle Varner. The theme for this year’s bash was Roaring Twenties Festive. See a few candid moments on the red carpet and at the bash!


Dave Chappelle, Cynthia Bailey

Dave Chappelle, Cynthia Bailey

JoJo Simmons, Elle Varner

JoJo Simmons, Elle Varner

[SEE MORE PHOTOS ON THE NEXT PAGE.]