Run's House: More Philanthropy from the Simmons Family
Run's House: More Philanthropy from the Simmons Family
The head of Run's House, Rev. Run, has said that his family is about a lot more than just music, fashion, and money. He's said in the past, “The business that my family and I are in is called the business of ‘giving.'”

He and older brothers Danny and Russell Simmons, who are sometimes guests on Run's House, take this business seriously, and Russell in particular has been keeping busy lately with philanthropic endeavors and public service.

Russell is sometimes teased by his brother Rev. Run on Run's House for being a vegan, but he finds animal welfare no laughing matter. In the wake of the Michael Vick dog fighting scandal, he recently teamed up with the Humane Society of the United States and the BeKIND foundation to create a public service announcement about the subject.

He also teamed up with another Rev. – Rev. Al Sharpton – and the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to send a joint letter to Vick's corporate sponsors, saying, "The recent media spotlight on dog-fighting reminds us of society's callous disregard for the suffering of animals and disrespect for sentient beings. We hope that Mr. Vick is not a product of this insensitivity that runs through our society. . . . It does us little good to prosecute just those who are famous and allow people across the country to continue to commit these hideous crimes."

But Russell's desire to help isn't just focused on the feathered and the furred, and he's being honored for his efforts to assist people as well. He is being recognized by the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund for his efforts to help that organization as well. The press release for the event states that “ the Benefit Fund was initially created to assist families of New York City Fire Fighters and Police Officers, it now includes the families of Emergency Medical Services and Port Authority Police as well.”

The fund chairman says it is honoring Russell to show that “We all deeply appreciate Russell Simmons's efforts to assist our widows and children.”

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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