Russell Simmons’ Art For Life Gala Raises $1.3 Million and Counting

Russell Simmons 14th Annual Art For Life Gala at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton drew famous faces and lots of cash for his arts and culture charity.

The music mogul and philanthropist said the event, entitled “A Field of Dreams,” raised $1.3 million “when we walk in,” but noted that if guests were happy, the amount could grow by night’s end. Soledad O’Brien hosted the night and celebrity guests included Michael Strahan (who arrived by boat), Maxwell (who performed), Melanie Fiona, IvanMr. Peaceman Wilzig, Al Sharpton, Cynthia Kirschner and many others.

An online auction with all kinds of celebrity meetings and experiences will continue to raise funds until its conclusion on August 7. You can still view the lots and bid on CharityBuzz.com.

Check out this fabulous event in Katlean de Monchy‘s video below

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