It’s time for the most purely enjoyable event of the Hamptons social season, according to its host, Russell Simmons. Mr. Simmons told us that tonight’s Art for Life gala “will be a lot of fun—but I don’t want to jinx it.” This year’s party will feature performances by Salt-N-Pepa (at the after-party—you know this has an after-party) and Anita Baker. It is to honor the philanthropic spirit of another chanteuse of yore, Mariah Carey. (Other honorees include corporate exec Betsy Z. Cohen and basketball star Grant Hill.) The event benefits Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, aiding arts education in schools: “the great Yogi said imagination is art itself,” said Mr. Simmons. The dress code tonight? “The summer’s hottest colors: Rush Orange [whatever that may be], aqua blue, chartreuse and fushcia.” But we just got our white suit dry-cleaned!
Russell Simmons’s East Hampton estate, cocktails at 6pm, dinner and program at 7pm, tickets and information can be found at rushphilanthropic.org.
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