With a scheduled lineup of celebrity performers and guests, the annual “Art For Life” gala is set to bring its usual massive party — and a very choice after-party — back to the Hamptons on Saturday, July 27.
Set to kick off at 6 p.m. at Fairview Farms (69 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton), it's a benefit for the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF), an organization dedicated to introducing and exposing inner-city youth to the arts, as well as providing ways for emerging artists to find exposure of their own. The event always features appearances and performances by big stars, and its ability to do so is likely aided by the legacy of the family that helped establish the RPAF.
Founded in 1995 by the Simmons brothers — as in Joseph Simmons (better known as “Rev Run,” from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-enshrined group Run-DMC) and media mogul Russell Simmons — last year’s affair saw such personalities as Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Anita Baker and Salt-N-Pepa lend their talents to the night. Naturally, the 2013 fundraiser will follow suit, and this year the entertainment will be delivered by Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Estelle, hip-hop superstar Rick Ross and soul singer Maxwell, who is also a Grammy winner — while filmmaker Tyler Perry is among the evening’s honorees, journalist Soledad O’Brien will be hosting and both TV personality Star Jones and TV host/ NFL legend Michael Strahan are serving as the honorary chairs.
Unfortunately, Art For Life 2013 is already sold-out (the tickets started at $1500), but it just so happens that Georgica Restaurant and Lounge in Wainscott (108 Wainscott Stone Rd.) will be hosting the official after-party, and a representative for Georgica confirms that Russell Simmons, Estelle and Rick Ross have been confirmed to be attending once the “Art” program has wrapped — and the best way to join them is to RSVP for table service. For more information or to make reservations, call 631-537-6255, email info@GeorgicaRestaurant.com or head online to georgicarestaurant.com.