Art for Life x Charity Buzz Auction

July 21, 2009


Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is proud to present the Tenth Anniversary ART FOR LIFE East Hampton, an annual benefit event celebrating the creative energy of New York City youth. This benefit is one of Rush Philanthropic’s most important annual fundraising efforts, attended annually by a sold-out audience of more than 750 leaders in the entertainment, arts, business, and philanthropic communities.

Shepard is being presented as this year’s Featured Artist for the event.  Last year Shepard donated an original OBAMA HOPE piece that was a great success in fundraising for the Foundation.  This Shepard is again donating piece of artwork of a brand new image.  For more information on the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, ART FOR LIFE, and the Artwork, please click the links below.


ART FOR LIFE, East Hampton

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

On Saturday, July 18, 2009, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will celebrate 10 years of one of the most anticipated and attended Summer events, ART FOR LIFE East Hampton. Held at the private East Hampton Estate of Russell Simmons, this evening will once again celebrate the creative energy of our New York City youth and honor exemplary individuals in our community!

10th Anniversary ART FOR LIFE East Hampton
A Garden Party Benefit at the Simmons’ East Hampton Estate

Cocktails and Silent Auction at 6:00 PM
Dinner, Program and Live Auction at 7:30 PM

Hosted by
Soledad O’Brien

Sheila C. Johnson, Cheif Executive Officer, Salamander Hospitality
Vanessa Williams

Event Chairs
John Bartlett
Tim Gunn
Stephen Hill
Donna Karan
Susan L. Taylor
David G. Tisch

Featured Artist
Shepard Fairey

Simon de Pury

Art Auction Chairs
Derrick Adams
Lucille Blair

Luxury Auction Chair
Tybie Etoy Dotson

Featured Youth Beneficiaries
City Year & Service Nation
Figure Skating in Harlem
Multicultural Music Group, Inc.

Music By

Tables of ten starting at $15,000 and Individual Tickets starting at $1,500

To become a sponsor or to purchase tables, tickets or an ad, please contact Inez Weinstein Special Events at 212-254-6677 or email

For press inquiries please contact:
Randi Friedman, NYC-BNC at 212.253.4650 or

Rush Philanthropic believes in the vital importance of lifelong exposure to the arts, nurtured in early childhood, and anchored in sustained, creative experiences throughout one’s life. In its first 11 years, Rush Philanthropic has served over 700,000 urban youth, directed millions in funding from donors including individuals, foundations, and leading corporations to underserved youth, and established two exhibit and education facilities, one in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood and the other in Manhattan’s Chelsea arts district.
Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing disadvantaged urban youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented artists and artists of color.  A 501(C) 3 organization, Rush Philanthropic fulfills its mission through three core programs: grants, exhibitions and mentoring.  The Rush Community Grants Program annually provides direct funding to over 50 nonprofit organizations that offer education programming in all disciplines of the arts to New York City and South Florida youth. Rush also runs two arts exhibition and education facilities: Rush Arts Gallery and Resource Center in Manhattan’s Chelsea arts district and the Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood. The Rush Gallery in the School and Rush Kids Visual Arts Mentorship Programs (a.k.a. Rush Kids) use arts education to create a spark that lights the imagination and creativity of the urban youth we serve. Rush Blueprint, formally known as Rush Impact Mentorship Initiative, will allow youth the opportunity to learn more about and explore careers within the arts.
Art saves lives, it is that simple. Rush Philanthropic believes that if you give young people the opportunity to practice and appreciate art — whether poetry, music, dance, or the visual arts — then you will see lives transformed as young people learn to value their own unique voices and visions. It is this type of impact we aspire to see happen and that your support will make possible.