Russell Simmons, and Danny Simmons will host Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation the 2017 ART FOR LIFE benefit on July 15.

The evening will honor Esi Eggleston Bracey, Chuck D, Bozoma Saint John, Stephen G. Hill and 2017 Featured Artist, Sanford Biggers for their support of the arts, career achievements, and overall commitment to our communities.

The evening, themed “Midnight at the Oasis” will feature a performance by TONY and GRAMMY Winner Cynthia Erivo as well as other surprise performances. Honorary Chairs include Darlene & Jorge Perez, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tim Leissner, Xin Li and Lyor Cohen. Event Chairs include Shannon Curtin, Kimberley Hatchett, Kelli Richardson Lawson, and Racquel Oden. Luxury Auction Chairs include Coppy Holzman, Chloe Flower, and Camilla Olsson. Art For Life Art Auction Chairs include Franklin Sirmans and Andrea Fiuczynski. This year’s benefit is supported by silver sponsors Merrill Lynch, UBER, and bronze sponsor Coty Inc.; online auction partner CharityBuzz; Art For Life Art Auction partner Artsy, and many more! This year’s media partners include Hamptons Magazine, and Hamptons.com.

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) is dedicated to providing inner city youth with significant exposure to the arts, as well as to supporting emerging artists with exhibition opportunities.

Over the past 20 years with the help of a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters, Rush has been able to develop it’s main two program areas – Rush Education art programs for our youth and Rush Arts Galleries supporting and featuring emerging artists nationwide – working together in a seamless way to open up the arts to populations facing hurdles to the joy and benefits of these experiences. Designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors and support increased academic performance, Rush Education programs – Rush Little Kids, Rush Kids, Rush Teens and Rush Galleries in Schools – directly serve over 3,000 students annually. In addition, each year through our Rush Arts Galleries – Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan and Corridor Gallery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn – exhibit the work of over 100 emerging and community-based artists; welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors; and provides unique opportunities for young people interested in careers in the arts.

WHEN: Saturday, July 15th
5:00 PM: Media Check In
6:00 PM: Arrivals and Cocktails
7:00 PM: Dinner & Program

WHERE: Fairview Farms
19 Horsemill Lane
Water Mill, NY

TICKETS: To purchase tickets, please contact Tracey Doolin at Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc., at (212) 254-6677 or via email tdoolin@inezevents.com. Tickets available online here.

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