With our 14th Annual Art For Life fast approaching we take a look at last years 13th Annual Art For Life, a record breaking year, and look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks…save the date, July 27th, 2013!!!Stay tuned in!!!
On Saturday, July 28th, 2012, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation celebrated the Thirteenth Annual ART FOR LIFE East Hampton Benefit at Russell Simmons’ private East Hampton estate. With over 800 guests, a record-breaking $2.1 million was raised to provide New York City youth with arts access, exposure and education.
Rush welcomed Bombay Sapphire and Tyler Perry Studios as Gold Sponsors and Target as a Silver Sponsor. Sutra Productions returned as a Décor Sponsor.
ART FOR LIFE 2012 was hosted by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and featured special performances by Billboard’s “Artist to Watch” Diggy Simmons, Grammy award-winning artist Melanie Fiona, the timeless Salt-N-Pepa, and the iconic multi-platinum Grammy award-winning artist Anita Baker. The evening honored recording artists Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Betsy Z. Cohen CEO,Bancorp Inc., Tamia and Grant Hill The Grant Hill Foundation, and Marc J. Leder, Co-CEO, Sun Capital Partners Inc.
The Thirtheenth Anniversary ART FOR LIFE celebrated “Living In Color” Infusing orange, aqua, chartreuse, and fuchsia, the bright theme lit up the East Hampton night. The event was once again brought to life by Sutra Productions’ talented design team who created an amazing world of imagination with their décor and live performance characters.
For the fourth year, Charity Buzz took the luxury auction online raising over $230k!
Bombay Sapphire and Target’s support throughout the years has been invaluable!!!
Each year we have the support of many, and the following two inspirational figures we have no words to describe our gratitude towards.
Soledad O’Brien, Art For Life’s host and Star Jones, our Rush Kid Auctioneer, we cannot do this without you!
Art For Life honorees Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey, Betsy Z. Cohen, Tamia and Grant Hill, and Marc Leder accepted their honoree portraits created by our very own Rush Kids! Your commitments to our communities and others will never go unnoticed!
Our support was and is endless…
Art For Life 2012 was taken over by DJ M.O.S and performances by Melanie Fiona, Diggy Simmons, Salt-N-Pepa…
and of course the timeless Anita Baker delivering an epic performance!
With your support we will continue our work to inspire and save lives of thousands of youth and emerging artists through the power of art!
“Art saves lives, its that simple”- Russell Simmons