Fourth Annual Charity Art Auction Raises Over $100,000

Last week, Bronx native Swizz Beatz, in partnership with the Bronx Charter School for the Arts,hosted the fourth annual art auction event at Marquee nightclub in New York City. Beatz himself says he is committed to assisting the school with achieving its fundraising objectives. The gala was yet another milestone for the foundation as they raised over $100,000 to support the arts school’s arts education programs, as well as its academic intervention programs—which provide additional support for struggling learners.

A few highlights from the evening included silent and live auctions featuring original art work by Bronx Arts elementary student artists.

Founded in 2009 by guitarist/songwriter Damon Marks, the Traveling Guitar Foundation provides musical equipment and support for school systems that are struggling to finance their music education programs. They were generous enough 20 new ESP electric/acoustic guitars. An autographed, original Rolling Stones, electric guitar was auctioned and sold for $5000.

As the night went on guests also enjoyed an evening of live music by Legacy 2, cocktails provided by Ciroc and hors d’oeuvres by Certé. We also spotted a slew of A-listers in the crowd, including Alicia Keys, Carmelo Anthony, La La Vazquez-Anthony, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Rocsi Diaz, French Montana, Jason Pierre-Paul and Terrell Thomas of the New York Giants, and much more.

To make a donation to Bronx Charter School for the Arts, please visit All donations are tax-deductible and one-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly towards the school’s arts and academic programs.

“Bronx Charter School for the Arts is a public elementary school founded on the principle that arts education is a catalyst for the academic and social success of all students. Located in the South Bronx, Bronx Arts serves as a model that encourages reform and innovation in the broader public school system.

Upon graduation, Bronx Arts students demonstrate excellence in all academic subject areas and have a unique foundation of learning and experience in the arts. Bronx Arts students possess the intellectual and emotional fortitude to realize their dreams and overcome adversity.

Since Bronx Arts opened its doors, it has helped its students grow as scholars, artists and individuals. Its success is about more than test scores…it believes that compelling performances, inspiring artwork, and, most importantly, the confidence and joy the students express everyday, are also vital measures of its success.”