Today at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, Russell Simmons, Lena Hall, Bevy Smith and Tamara Tunie hosted the Fourth Annual RUSH HeARTS Education Luncheon.
The beloved affair honors individuals for their careers and philanthropic achievements, and their unyielding dedication to our youth, arts and education initiatives. Cyndi Lauper (Co-founder of the True Colors Fund), Charles Best (Founder & CEO, DonorsChoose.org), Craig Newmark (Founder, craigslist and craigconnects) and Guy Vickers (President, PVH Foundation) were honored for their contributions to the art world and community.
“I support this foundation because they are supporting the kids,” said Lauper. “The kids are the future. Without them it really is a dull world.”
A special performance by Bobbi MacKenzie also took place at the event, which raises funds for Rush’s Education programs for New York City’s inner city youth.
“It is amazing what all that the Simmons brothers do. This organization has really changed a lot of kids lives,” stated host Tunie. “Anyone who supports this organization is just an angel sent from heaven.”
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation programs (Rush Galleries in the Schools, and Rush Little Kids, Rush Kids, Rush Teens and Rush Movers) are designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and support increased academic performance, by filling a void and providing arts education programs in public schools and through after school and weekend sessions.
Kimora Lee Simmons served as Honorary Chair of this year’s luncheon. The Benefit Committee included Carol Archer, Efva Attling, Allison Weiss Brady, Isolde Brielmaier, Sherry B. Bronfman, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Jacquelyn Sherry Coombe and Patrick Coombe, Dee and Ricky, Tiana Webb Evans, Michelle Gadsden-Williams and David Jamal Williams, Daria Brit Greene, Kimberley Hatchett, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Coppy Holzman, Flaviana Matata, Tamara Mellon Obe, Brenda D. Neal, Camilla Olsson, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Schwanda Rountree, Josue Sejour, and Kehinde Wiley. The event was generously supported by PVH Foundation.
Now celebrating its 21st year, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation was founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, a 501c3 organization, dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, and to offering exhibition opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists. Over the past 21 years, Rush has developed a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters dedicated to supporting its mission. In addition to the 3,000 students served annually in its education programs, each year Rush exhibits the work of over 100 emerging and community-based artists in its galleries, and welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors to its spaces in Chelsea, Manhattan (Rush Arts Gallery) and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Corridor Gallery). For more information, visit http://rushhearts.rushphilanthropic.org/
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