Monday, July 21, 2008

Charity Events: 9th Annual Art for Life Gala & VH1 Save the Music Foundation's Summer of Soul Concert

9th Annual Art 4 Life Benefit
Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons

The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation held its 9th annual Art for Life Benefit Gala on July 19th in East Hampton, NY. Hosted by Soledad O' Brien, the evening featured live and silent auctions of unique art and luxury items, benefiting youth arts programs in New York City.

9th Annual Art 4 Life Benefit
Gayle King, nationally syndicated radio host/philanthropist Tom Joyner and wife Donna Richardson Joyner

9th Annual Art for Life Benefit

Supermodel, humanitarian and gala honoree Christy Turlington eyes a photograph for auction of hip hop artists Nas and Jay-Z.

9th Annual Art 4 Life Benefit

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin with Rush Philanthropic founder Russell Simmons

9th Annual Art 4 Life Benefit

BET's Stephen Hill, and television personalities Julissa Bermudez and AJ Calloway

9th Annual Art 4 Life Benefit

New York Governor David Paterson

Tamia and Grant Hill @ Art 4 Life Benefit 2008

Honorary chairs Tamia and Grant Hill

VH1 Save the Music Foundation's Summer of Soul Concert

Solange @ VH1's Save the Music Foundation Benefit, 2008
Singer Solange Knowles performs at the VH1 Save the Music Foundation's Summer of Soul concert, July 18, 2008 in Sag Harbor, NY.

The Save the Music Foundation has taken the lead in restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as a part of every child’s complete education. To date, the foundation has provided more than $40 million in new musical instruments, affecting the lives of more than 1 million children.

Morris and Jaci Reid @ VH1's Save the Music Foundation Gala, 2008
Event chairs Morris and Jaci Reid

Neyo @ VH1's Save the Music Foundation Benefit, 2008
Singer/songwriter Ne-yo
Photos: Nunez and Kempin/Wireimage

::Photo of the Day::

National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta 2008
Dr. Cornell West, Lynn Whitfield and actor Samuel L. Jackson attend the National Black Arts festival gala at the Woodruff Arts Center on July 19, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. To all my Atlanta readers, I'll be in ATL later this week attending the festival and many other activities!

Photo: Robinson/Wireimage

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