Art for Life, "The Zen of Giving", Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation's 12th Annual East Hampton Benefit
East Hampton, N.Y. July 30, 2011. It was a pleasure to serve on Rush Philanthropic's 12th Annual benefit committee. This was my 4th time in attendance and I must say, the best Art for Life benefit yet. Then again, each year that I attend I say the same thing. It just keeps getting better and bigger. More importantly it is a very well done benefit for a very well deserving cause. We are helping our youth who hold the future in their hands. Even President Obama sent a letter that was read at the event.
Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons, Joseph "Rev. Run", Javier Evans, Tangie Murray and the entire Board of Directors should be commended for a job well done.
With over 900 people in attendance and a Buddhist color theme for peace and harmony the event was a tremendous success. Host Soledad O'Brien and Chairman and Co-founder Russell Simmons announced that $1,000,000 was raised before the doors to the tent opened!
Honorees included Mary J. Blige, Kimberly B. Davis, Dr. Oz Garcia, Tamara Mellon, OBE and Ed Norton. Guests were treated to performances by Jennifer Hudson, Miri Ben Ari and Lior Suchard with Star Jones as auctioneer.
It is always amazing for me to see an event come to it's fruition. I'm often sad to see an event end and rewarded to know that it was a success. The evening was wonderful. My thanks to Barry Klarberg for inviting me to be on the committee. One of my surprises came when dear friends James and Manuela Goren attended to support Art for Life after receiving the invitation. The good news is that the festivities are not over, everyone can still participate by biding on the auction until August 10th on Charity Buzz. So what are you waiting for? Hurry and get your bids in on a meet and greet with Justin Timberlake, Alec Baldwin, Gweneth Paltrow, Gayle King or perhaps art or a trip .....