Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has helped to raise $1.4 million (GBP700,000) for New York's underprivileged children, as part of the Art For Life Not So Mellow Yellow fundraising event.
The Def Jam founder was joined by his brother Danny to host the annual celebrity gala at Simmons' East Hampton, Long Island, home on Saturday (28Jul07), with attendees including the Last King of Scotland actor Forest Whitaker, rapper Chamillionaire, record label boss Antonio 'L.A.' Reid and model Petra Nemcova.
The money raised by the event will benefit youth programmes Friends of Island Academy, The Point and Working Playground. Some of the funds will also be used for Simmons' Rush Philanthropic's education programmes.