Russell Simmons, Cynthia Nixon, Zac Posen, Padma Lakshmi, Alek Wek Attend Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon

Designer Zac Posen, Model Alek Wek and Actress Patina Miller were honored this afternoon – for their careers and philanthropic achievements, and their unyielding dedication to our youth, arts and education initiatives – at the Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon presented by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

Cynthia Nixon hosted the event with Angela Simmons serving as Event Chair with Designers Dee and Ricky. Two of Rush’s co-founders, Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons, were also in attendance.

Additional guests included Padma Lakshmi, Robert Verdi, Gabriela Isler (Miss Universe 2013), Angela Martini (model), Charl Brown (Broadway actor), Miri Ben-Ari (Recording Artist) and Courtney Davis (Comedian).

About Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation:

The Third Annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentine’s Day Luncheon raised funds for Rush’s Education programs for New York City’s inner city youth. Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation programs (Rush Galleries in the Schools, and Rush Toddlers, Rush Kids and Rush Teens) are designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and support increased academic performance, by filling the void of arts education programs in public schools and through afterschool and weekend sessions. Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant exposure and access to the arts, and to offering exhibition opportunities for emerging and underrepresented artists.

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  1. Inner city kids deserve this and I am sure the children in New York city are very appreciative of this program. Glad that these celebrities stepped up to the plate for this event.

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