Designer Zac Posen, Model Alek Wek and Actress Patina Miller were honored last week – for their careers and philanthropic achievements, and their unyielding dedication to our youth, arts and education initiatives – at the Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon presented by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Zac Posen Alek Wek and Patina Miller with Russell Simmons
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Cynthia Nixon hosted the event with Angela Simmons serving as Event Chair with Designers Dee and Ricky. Two of Rush’s co-founders, Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons, were also in attendance.

Russell and Angela Simmons
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Additional guests included Padma Lakshmi, Robert Verdi, Gabriela Isler (Miss Universe 2013), Angela Martini (model), Charl Brown (Broadway actor), Miri Ben-Ari (Recording Artist) and Courtney Davis (Comedian).

Cynthia Nixon at Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon
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The Third Annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentine’s Day Luncheon raised 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.

Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation 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.

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