Every year the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation hosts a benefit called Art for Life which helps celebrate the creative energy of New York City. The foundation focuses on providing disadvantaged youth access and exposure to art throughout the city. The nonprofit also offers exhibition opportunities for new artists and artists of color. On July 30th, the foundation will be honoring several celebritities for their contributions to the creative foundation.
Edward Norton, actor and co-founder of Crowdrise, has done incredible work for numerous charities. He has started campaigns for Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, battled political officials for the rights of sharks and offered his time at auction for the Art for Life campaign through the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He is just one of the many celebrity guests being honored at the twelfth annual Arts for Life benefit being held at Russell Simmons' East Hampton Estate.
Mary J. Blige, singer and activist, will be honored along with Norton during the benefit. Blige founded the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) which helps women reach their full potential through grants, scholarships and programs that focus on self-esteem, career development and personal growth. She has also supported the American Foundation for AIDs Research, the United Service Organization, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, and been a spokeswoman for the M-A-C AIDs Fund.
Both celebrities have earned the right to be honored by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation for their charitable work. Joining them in being honored at the Arts for Life benefit is Kimberly B. Davis, President JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Oz Garcia, Nutritionist & Author, and Tamara Mellon, OBE, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Jimmy Choo.
Tickets to the benefit cost$1,500 for individuals and $15,000 for a table of 10. There is also an Art for Life charity auction taking place on Charitybuzz.com which features items from Ed Norton, Mary J. Blige, Gwyneth Paltrow and many others.