Photos By: Rob Rich

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff With John And Margo Catsimatidis

Georgina And Dad Michael Bloomberg

Jean Shafiroff And Georgina Bloomberg

Sara Herbert Galloway

Michael Bloomberg And Jean Shafiroff

Dawne Marie Grannum And John Wegorzewski

Jean Shafiroff With Johnathan McCann And Beth Stern

Jean And Martin Shafiroff
The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its 5th Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 19TH at a private waterfront home in Southampton. Gala chair Jean Shafiroff, Board President Jonathan McCann and Chairwoman Emeritus Susan Allen hosted this year’s James Bond themed event, which honored animal advocate Georgina Bloomberg. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, came out to support Georgina and the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley and Mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo. Honorary Corporate Chairs for the Unconditional Love Gala included Allen & Co., Barclays, Ferguson Cohen, LLP and Sequin Jewelry. Beth Stern, Les Alexander and Liz Brown, Amanda Taylor, Sharon Bush, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Jackie Shafiroff, Joel Cooper, Valentine and Yaz Hernandez, Bob and Jewel Morris were among the supporters, enjoying dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and dancing to the music of the Alex Donner Orchestra.

Emcee Rachel Grant welcomed over 300 guests to the event and introduced Jean Shafiroff who thanked everyone that made the evening a great success including Susan Allen, auction chairs Amy Cosman and Nancy Jane Loewy, Board Members Clif and Raya Knight, Martin Shafiroff, and Wendy Wegner who also helped make the auction, which included trips to St. Barth and Anguilla, a stay in a German castle, and a weekend in Manchester, Vermont, possible.

The real stars of the evening were the cutest kitty cats and chow mix puppies, seven adult and baby Chihuahuas and a loveable bulldog mix who were all up for adoption.

Toni Haber With Anik Libbey, Beth Stern And Mollie Scruggs

Dr. Stephen And Gail Greenberg
Proceeds raised from the Unconditional Love Gala help SASF to continue to care for over 1,200 homeless animals per year. These animals are rescued locally within the Hamptons.  Proceeds from the event will also support the shelter’s ongoing efforts made through their partnerships throughout the U.S.  This includes their work with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find homes for adult dogs rescued from puppy mills, with The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia to take in dogs on death-row and find them permanent homes, and with the ASPCA to save dogs from cruelty and disaster situations and place them in safe homes. Proceeds will also benefit the shelter's various programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF's "Playing For Life" program, created by their Training & Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, which is currently in over 40 shelters and highlighted at the major animal conferences throughout the U.S.


Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in our community and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes.  SASF has been called one of the most progressive shelters in the country, having recently won an award as the finest shelter on Long Island and ranked in the top 10% of the best rated shelters in the U.S. In addition, the Shelter leads the country with its "live release rate", which means that of all dogs and cats brought to the shelter, 94% are adopted into loving homes.  SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention.  No adoptable animal is left behind! To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at