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It's one of the biggest celebrity events held in the Hamptons during the summer.

The Art for Life Gala not only boasts a wide array of celebrities and elite, but it's all for a really good cause.

This is not your average red carpet. With Russell Simmons at the helm, The Art for Life Benefit has a big purpose — to give back.

Proceeds raised goes to The RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation which directly serves over 3,000 inner city youth each year.

Founded 21 years ago by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, the Foundation provides access to the arts to inner city kids, as well as exhibition opportunities to emerging artists.

"The Simmons Brothers have made art a priority. Art can take a child from being hopeless to hopeful," said honoree Star Jones.

The gala, which is in its 17th year, featured performances by Doug E. Fresh and Tyrese Gibson.

"There's so many talented and creative genius around the world that are just looking for a shot," said Tyrese.

Some party-goers won a spot at the same tables as Hollywood elite by bidding on prizes through Charitybuzz.com. Some of the prizes you can bid on are chances to have a meet and greet with Russell Simmons, Amy Schumer, and even a set visit to "Law & Order".

80 percent of the proceeds from those prizes goes to the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

"Art for Life" raised more than $1.5 million dollars last summer, and you can bid on prizes through July 28.

For more information about the event, visit their website Charitybuzz.com.

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