Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will hold its RUSH HeARTS EDUCATION Valentine’s Day Luncheon later this month.

Hosted by Cynthia Nixon, this year’s event will honor Zac Posen, Alek Wek (international supermodel & UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador) and Patina Miller (Tony Award-winning actress) for their careers and philanthropic achievements, and their unyielding dedication to our youth, arts and education initiatives.

Kimora Lee Simmons will serve as Honorary Chair. Event Chairs include Angela Simmons & designers Dee and Ricky; Music will be provided by DJ M.O.S., DJ Kiss and will feature a special performance by Rush Philanthropic’s very own Rush Teens.

The Third Annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentine’s Day Luncheon will raise funds for Rush’s Education programs for New York City’s inner city youth. Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation programs (Rush Galleries in the Schools, and Rush Toddlers, Rush Kids and Rush Teens) are designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and support increased academic performance, by filling the void of arts education programs in public schools and through afterschool and weekend sessions. Rush is proud of its success to date and looks toward a future in which its programs grow to encompass more children and artists, and continue to enhance access to arts institutions and arts experiences.

This event is generously supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, a 501c3 organization, is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, and to offering exhibition opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists. Over the past 19 years, Rush has developed a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters dedicated to supporting its mission. In addition to the 2,900 students served annually in its education programs, each year Rush exhibits the work of 40 to 50 emerging and community-based artists in its galleries, and welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors to its spaces in Chelsea, Manhattan (Rush Arts Gallery) and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Corridor Gallery).

WHEN: Friday, February 14, 2014

WHERE: The Plaza Hotel – The Grand Ballroom
768 5th Avenue at Central Park South New York

Find out more here.

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