Go Inside Russell Simmons' 17th Annual Art For Life Gala in the Hamptons

Russell Simmons and his brother, artist Danny Simmons, co-hosted the 17th Annual ART FOR LIFE gala to benefit the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The star-studded gala, held in the Hamptons, featured a bevy of celebrity personalities who lent their names, and wallets, to a worthy cause.

Proceeds from the invite-only benefit—one of the most coveted summer invites in the Hamptons—go towards RUSH Arts’ arts education and gallery programs, which serve over 3,000 youth in New York City. This year celebrities like Gayle King, Bevy Smith, Star Jones, and Angela Simmons helped raise $1.25 million for an amazing cause. Kudos!
 

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Angela Simmons shows off her baby bump at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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Russell Simmons and Tyrese Gibson suit up for the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms.

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Russell Simmons snaps a few pics at the 17th Annual Art For Life gala hosted by RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Bombay Sapphire Gin.

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Star Jones strikes a pose brightens the room at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms.

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Gayle King is all smiles at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms

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Tyrese Gibson performs onstage during Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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Gorgeous decor at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms.

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Bombay Sapphire was on display at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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A Bombay Saphire Gin cocktail on display at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms.

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Food on display at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms.

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View of the decor at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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Doug E. Fresh rocks the stage at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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Debra Lee poses happily at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Hosts Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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Whodini performs onstage during Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms.

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Daniel Simmons and Star Jones smile for the camera at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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Debra Lee and Tyrese Gibson take a sweet photo at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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 Doug E. Fresh is camera ready at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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Jessica White is sitting pretty at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit at Fairview Farms.

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Gayle King, Jonathan Cheban, and Nina Cooper hang out at Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms.

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Russell Simmons and guests at the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 2016 ART FOR LIFE Benefit presented by Bombay Sapphire Gin at Fairview Farms.