Jill Zarin, Russell Simmons Hosting Mariah Carey Charity Party

06/12/2012 12:27 pm ET

Jill Zarin may no longer be welcome in the "Real Housewives of New York" gang, but that's okay -- this former reality star is movin' on up. Now, Zarin is hanging with Mariah Carey.

“Bobby [Zarin] and I are proud to be co-chairing Russell Simmons' [Garden Party Gala] July 28th," Jill said in an email pre-invitation to her friends and big-money donors. "It will be at Russell’s home in East Hampton, honoring Mariah Carey and incredible guest stars. It is the one event this summer you don't want to miss.”

One of the highlights of the crowded summer social calendar, the annual event is a staple among the Hampton's elite. Dinner is served under a tent on Russell’s back lawn, followed by a celebrity auction and star performance -- this year, Carey will take the stage.

“It’s an honor to be asked to co-chair this event,” a friend of Russell’s tells me. “You have to be able to deliver a special crowd that is willing to spend big money at the Art for Life charity.”

This is the 13th annual Garden Party Gala. Last year's event raised a record-breaking $1.7 million and honored Mary J. Blige and Edward Norton, with a special performance by Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.


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