Our 2nd Annual Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon on February 14, 2012 was an amazing success thanks to all our AMAZING supporters. We are so glad we were able to bring to life the 2,300 students in our Arts Education Programs. Justine and Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons joined us as Honorary Chairs 2012 along with CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien serving as the afternoon’s host.
Art For Life is the foundation’s primary fundraising vehicle. Held annually on the last Saturday in July at Russell Simmons’ East Hampton estate, the event draws over 800 affluent guests from backgrounds including entertainment, the arts, finance, media, politics, and more. The 13th annual gala on July 28, 2012 was the most successful raising $2 million for the first time in event history.
The 2012 theme was Living In Color hosted by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien with Star Jones serving as Live Auctioneer offering the signature “Rush Kids” lot, a chance to sponsor a child to participate in the program for one year. Our honorees were Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon, Betsy Z, Cohen, CEO, Bancorp, Inc., Tamia and Grant Hill, co-founders Tamia and Grant Hill Foundation and Marc J. Leder Co-CEO, Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Our 14th annual Art For Life Gala will be held on July 27, 2013.