Russell Simmons features in the latest issue of Hamptons Magazine, due to hit stands on July 10, and talks about his charity work.

The hip-hop and fashion legend opens up to the magazine about how he’s carved a new role for himself as philanthropy icon and how he is transforming lives through art.

When it comes to giving back, the soulful Simmons tells the Hamptons mag that, “All charities are struggling a little bit right now. When people stop giving, it’s good to remind them that just because you lost money in the market that day doesn’t mean you stop giving to the poor.”

Those words of wisdom are just the reason that Simmons will flex his charity muscles with the Art For Life Garden party benefit on July 18th in East Hampton. The event benefits Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the organization he founded with his brothers, Danny and Joseph Simmons, that connects disadvantaged youth with art programs. Held at the private East Hampton Estate of Russell Simmons, this evening will once again celebrate the creative energy of New York City youth and honor exemplary individuals in the community, including Vanessa Williams, at a star-studded dinner and gala featuring live and silent auctions of unique art and luxury items.

“It’s nice to be around people you’re partners with and friends with,” Simmons tells Hamptons magazine, “It’s a great place for charity. There are a lot of wealthy people and good organizations.”

On celebrating 10 years of his charity, Art For Life, Simmons opens up to Niche Media’s Hamptons mag that, “It’s a cycle of giving.” He continues, “The more you get, the more you give, so its humbling. People like being able to play a good role.”

The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation was established by Russell Simmons and his brothers to direct funding to non-profit organizations who provide arts and education programming to New York City youth.

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