PALM BEACH — The scene read more South Beach than Palm Beach as bronzed men bounced to rap music and three fuchsia-haired models dressed as porn-store variety mermaids writhed in enormous hoops hanging from the rafters. But, aside from the debauched accoutrements, the bling-bling evening had a higher purpose: the arts education of inner-city kids. “We’re celebrating diversity here in Palm Beach, of all places,” said Russell Simmons at his Rush Philanthropic Foundation’s “Art for Life,” dinner and charity auction at Mar-a-Lago on Friday night. “This is the celebration of America’s melting pot that we’ve talked about for so long.”
The night was hosted by Simmons and his wife, Kimora Lee, along with Donald and Melania Trump, Venus and Serena Williams, The Reverend Run from Run DMC and Star Jones Reynolds, who, in a bit of perfect casting, emceed the auction. Perhaps predictably, the evening’s biggest bidding war involved none other than Kimora Lee, who was vying with an anonymous Palm Beacher for a two-year lease on a Rolls Royce.
When she finally lost to his $210,000 bid, she took to the stage, got on the mike and declared that she would be getting one, anyway, and would the winner’s date like to accompany her for a spin in it?
A kiddie playdate with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, which included mini cheeseburgers and pizza, a dance lesson, a dip in his swimming pool and a complete Sean John wardrobe, also did well, fetching $35,000 — not once, but twice.