Art for Life Benefit Raises Funds for Youths

From Mariah Carey to Grant Hill, celebs supported art at Russell Simmons' annual Hamptons affair.

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It seemed as if Hill just couldn't stop giving, and his wife had to pull him away from the silent auction (which continues on the Web through Aug. 8). Supporters can bid on concert tickets and a day on the road with Lady Gaga; a chance to meet Will Smith at the premiere of After Earth; and courtside Lakers tickets, plus dinner with Magic Johnson.

There was also artwork from Rush Arts available to bid on during the night. During a live auction, Star Jones raised $365,000 for Art for Life. Black South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who was not in attendance, provided 50 percent of that substantial sum, further proving the power of giving.

Julie Walker is a New York-based freelance journalist. Follow her on Twitter.

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