Photos By: Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff With Rita Cosby

The Shafiroff Family

Geoffrey Bradfield With Adele Nino

Liliana Cavendish

Zang Toi

Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a pre-Gala kick-off cocktail party for the NYC Mission Society's Annual Champions for Children benefit to be held on April 1. The pre-Gala reception was underwritten by Chase.

"We're thrilled to be honoring these two extraordinary individuals whose philanthropic efforts have made a significant impact," said Elsie McCabe Thompson, President of the NYC Mission Society. "And we're extremely grateful to Martin and Jean Shafiroff, for generously hosting this party, as well as to the many people who have dedicated themselves to raising funds for our annual spring gala."

“I believe deeply in the work of NYC Mission Society and how it changes the lives of our most under served children in New York City,” said Jean Shafiroff, Board Member and Chair of the April 1st Gala. “What I love most about the Mission Society is that all of us involved work together as a family with one strong common mission. We all truly care about the future of the children."

This year's esteemed gala committee co-chairs include Peggy and John Bader, Carolyn and Lloyd W. Brown, II, and John U. Moorhead. Honorary gala chairs are Stanley H. Rumbough and Fiona and Stan Druckenmiller.

The pre-Gala reception was packed by 150 people, with male models serving an endless flow of champagne and tantalizing appetizers to the special guests, including Gala honoree Hollis Russell, Mission Society Board Members Stanley H. Rumbough, Jean Shafiroff, Derek E. Steinhiser, Laura Flavin, John U. Moorhead, James B. Peterson, Jr., and Patrick Vatel, and Members of the Mission Society’s Junior Society.

Also attending the event last night were: Rita Cosby, Zang Toi, Bill Thompson, Flo Anthony, John and Peggy Bader, Tomaczek Bednarek, Christine Biddle, Sophia Bishop, Valerie Boucard, Geoffrey Bradfield, Julia Burns, Taylor Burns, Ed Callahan, Valentino Carlotti, Lilliana Cavendish, Chele Chiavacci, Copper Cunningham, Victor de Souza, Allison Ecung, Richard Farley, Joe Fischera, Kathleen Giordano, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Dawne Marie Grannum, Penny Grant, Shannon Hales, R. Couri Hay, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Joan Judell, Andrea S. Kantor, Lisa-Marie Kao, Roy Kean, Margo Langenberg, Lauren Lawrence, Anki Leeds, Jill Lynne, Juliann Michelle, Nicole Noonan, John Patrick, Barbara Regna, Sheila Rosenblum, Arnie Rosenshein, Leah Rumbough, Robert Sandow, Yolanda Santiago-Hasbun, Randi Schatz, Brinkley Skye, Javie Solano, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Yemi Vatel, John Wegorzewski, and, Adam Weiss.

This event follows a very successful fundraiser held in Palm Beach, Florida, for the annual fundraiser in January; the event was co-chaired by Jean Shafiroff.

The annual Champions for Children benefit will take place at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, on April 1. Gala honorees for the 2015 benefit are Colbert Narcisse, Managing Director and Global Head of Alternative Investments, Morgan Stanley; and, Hollis Russell, Partner, Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP. The Master of Ceremonies will be Bill Ritter, evening anchor at WABC-TV and 20/20 correspondent. Guests will be entertained by the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, members of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance's youth orchestra.

About New York City Mission Society

The New York City Mission Society has been on the front lines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, restorative justice, cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs make a positive, long-term impact on youth in the City’s most under served communities by promoting academic achievement, combating violence, and providing career opportunities. Each year, we serve more than 13,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at