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Celebs Help Raise Over $2 Million For ‘Art for Life’ Fundraiser

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual “Art for Life” charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs. Many-a-celeb came out to support the cause, with the end-of-the-night total funds that exceeded over $2 million. The proceeds will directly serve over 2,300 students.

Held at Simmons’ East Hampton home, tables began at $15,000. The event honored Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Tamia and Grant Hill (The Grant Hill Foundation), Betsy Cohen (Bancorp Inc.), and Marc Leder (Sun Capital Partners Inc.). CNN’s Soledad O’Brien hosted the philanthropic event, while the Rush Kids Auction was led by Star Jones.

Others in attendance were TV host/actress Rocsi Diaz, mother and brother of Trayvon Martin Sybrina and Jahvaris Fulton, Reverend Run and his family, moguls L.A Reid, Babyface, and Tyler Perry, and rapper MC Lyte. Performances were provided by Melanie Fiona, Anita Baker, Salt-N-Pepa, and Diggy Simmons.

For more information about Rush Philanthropic and Art For Life please visit www.rushphilanthropic.org/

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Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons

Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Tamia, Grant Hill

Tamia, Grant Hill

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Russell Simmons, Diggy Simmons

Russell Simmons, Diggy Simmons

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Nicj Cannon, Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons

Nicj Cannon, Mariah Carey, Russell Simmons

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Anita Baker

Anita Baker

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Russell Simmons, Rocsi Diaz

Russell Simmons, Rocsi Diaz

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Vanessa Simmons

Vanessa Simmons

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Russell Simmons, Tamia, Grant Hill

Russell Simmons, Tamia, Grant Hill

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Salt, Peppa

Salt, Peppa

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

MC Lyte

MC Lyte

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons

Music mogul Russell Simmons held his 13th Annual ‘Art for Life’ charity event on Saturday July 28th to give underprivileged youth access to art programs.

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