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JEAN SHAFIROFF @ ANNUAL ASPCA BERGH BALL

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Celebrity philanthropist and animal lover Jean Shafiroff, was spotted at the Nineteenth Annual ASPCA Bergh Ball. The very fashionable Ms. Shafiroff was resplendent in an Oscar de la Renta gown. The pale pink silk taffeta confection featured embroidered silk flowers cascading down a central panel. This year's ASPCA Gala was held at the Plaza Hotel and honored Drew Barrymore. Martha Stewart presented the ASPCA Compassion Award to Ms. Barrymore and Nathan Lane served as the evening's emcee. Other noteworthy guests at the event included Georgina Bloomberg and Chuck Scarborough .


The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” For more information on the ASPCA go to ASPCA.org

R3HAB PERFORMS @ HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

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Fadil El Ghoul, AKA R3HAB performed at the REHAB Pool Party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend.

Photo By: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

NO KID HUNGRY'S AYESHA CURRY VISITS SCHOOL

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Ayesha Curry, wife of NBA MVP Stephen Curry has made a name of her own with a successful cookbook, blog, and YouTube channel all dedicated to her love of food, family, faith & the joy of eating well.


Since healthy eating has always been a priority for both Ayesha and her family, she has recently become an ambassador for No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.


Curry recently visited a school in Oakland, California to demonstrate her commitment to both the organization and the cause stating, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It’s important for us to make sure every child is energized to ensure better education! No Kid Hungry is doing that!”


Photo Courtesy Of: Andrew Pau Photography / Domain

HELEN MIRREN @ 43RD ANNUAL CHAPLIN AWARDS

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Helen Mirren looked stunning at the 43rd Annual Chaplin Award Gala at Alice Tully Hall last night in New York City.

Photo By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD @ BROOKLYN BOWL

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood performed at Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq in Las Vegas, Nevada the other evening.

Photo By: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

LIBERACE @ LAS VEGAS HOLLYWOOD CARS MUSEUM

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LAS VEGAS -  Now rolling into The Liberace Garage (www.liberace.org) at the Hollywood Cars Museum, Las Vegas, in all of its red, white and blue splendor, is the late entertainer's Bicentennial Rolls Royce, a 1952 Silver Dawn two light convertible London Motor Show car.

Designed for the "Liberace Show '76," the majestic vehicle was used on stage at the Las Vegas Hilton, with Liberace flying out of it via high wire cables while fireworks exploded and "Stars and Stripes Forever" played. It was later used at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. For Liberace, cars were often an extension of his wardrobe. So naturally, accompanying the Rolls is an updated version of a red, white and blue "Hot Pants" costume.

Launched with a gala catered cocktail reception at the Museum in early April, the Liberace Garage - now open to the public - is a collaboration between The Liberace Foundation for the Performing …

BEYONCE ON WHY 'LEMONADE' GIVES US ALL HOPE

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E! NEWS -- Two years ago it didn't look like Beyoncé and Jay Z were going to make it to their next wedding anniversary. Their marriage was at breaking point and they were barely talking. The couple was forced to make a choice: save the relationship or live separate lives.

"They had been having problems for years," reveals a source close to the couple. "There was a constant commitment issue between them and in the end they were barely speaking. Beyoncé didn't fully trust Jay and it was hard for her to get past that."

And so began an intense period of reflection for the couple, continues the insider. "They went to a lot of counseling and have been working on their issues ever since. They had help to get them through it."

With the release of Lemonade, Beyoncé seems to have finally faced the martial strife rumors, which have plagued them for years. And in the process, solved the mystery of what really happened in the elevator showdown between her sist…

DIANE GUERRERO ON PARENTS TAKEN AWAY

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In the new issue of Marie Claire Orange Is the New Black star, Diane Guerrero, was a teenager when her parents were taken away. Now she's using her painful past to battle on behalf of the undocumented.​

In 2001, when actress Diane Guerrero was just 14 years old, her parents, who had left the poverty and corruption of Colombia for the United States in 1981, were deported along with her older half brother. The American-born Guerrero stayed behind with family friends to attend high school and college, paying her way with help from her parents and after-school jobs.

After years of hiding her family's history, Guerrero, now 29, spoke publicly about it for the first time in a 2014 Los Angeles Times op-ed. Since then, she has met President Barack Obama and become a White House ambassador for citizenship, out May 3rd, she publishes a memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided.



Diane Guerrero Quotes:


On worrying about her parents being deported: "I feel like there's th…

LENNY STUCKER & LESTER HOLT AT NBC LUNCHEON

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Lenny Stucker and Lester Holt were snapped at the NBC annual Luncheon for all who have worked at NBC over the years. This is the 21st year of this great event. What a great location at world famed Sardi's.

JEAN SHAFIROFF CELEBRATES @ SANT ANDREA CAFE

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Author of Successful Philanthropy: How To Make a Life by What You Give, Jean Shafiroff, celebrated the cover of 25A Magazine’s spring issue. The invitation-only event was held at Sant Andrea Cafe.


Guests included: Kithe Brewster, Tamara Chant, Sonia Nassery Cole, Montgomery Frazier, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Dawne Marie Grannum, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Katlean de Monchy, Pamela Morgan, Adele Nino, Lauren Day Roberts, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Jean Shafiroff and Patricia Shiah.


At the soon-to-open upscale Venetian restaurant located just steps from Central Park, guests enjoyed a selection of Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres. The event also featured Shafiroff’s new book Successful Philanthropy: How To Make a Life by What You Give, a practical guide offering advice for modern giving that redefines philanthropy for today’s era. Author Jean Shafiroff comments that, “Describing yourself as a philanthropist may seem odd at first. For some people, being a philanthropist sounds like something limited only to th…

TOM HANKS & JOHN OLIVER @ TRIBECA TALKS

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Tom Hanks attended the Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Tom Hanks with John Oliver at the 15th Annual Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC on in New York City.


Photos By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

RICKY GERVAIS & JANE FALLON @ TRIBECA FESTIVAL

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Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon strike a pose at the World Premiere of Special Correspondents at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC in New York City.

Photo By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch 

THE WOMEN'S CITY CLUB OF NEW YORK DINNER

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The Women's City Club of New York (WCC) honored four women for their contributions to society through philanthropy, advocacy, and leadership at its 2016 Civic Spirit Awards Dinner.

The honorees were:

Co-President Jennifer Buffet and Executive Director Pamela Shifman for their work at the NoVo Foundation

Maria Cuomo Cole, Chair, H.E.L.P. USA; President, Cuomo Cole Productions

Jessica Neuwirth, Esq., Founder/President, ERA Coalition; Founder/Director, Donor Direct Action; Founder, Equality Now

Helen D. (“Heidi”) Reavis, Esq., Managing Partner, Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP Emmy Award® - Winning Executive Producer

The dinner celebrated one hundred years of activism for WCC and attendees included several women in leadership positions across various fields in New York.

Photo Courtesy Of: Alycia Kravitz

THE 1975 PERFORMS AT FAMED VEGAS COSMOPOLITAN

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The 1975 performed at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday.

Photo By: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

NEW YORK CENTER FOR CHILDREN 21ST ANNIVERSARY

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The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted its 21th Anniversary Spring Cocktail Reception at Clement Restaurant at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. The NYCC celebrated over 20 years of helping the most disadvantaged children achieve their potential. The event featured a Live Auction where participants could win a customized Vespa. There was also a Silent Auction where guests bid on exquisite gifts and experiences. Timatha Kasten performed a musical tribute accompanied by a jazz trio honoring the memory of Broadway legend Marty Richards.


This year’s Host Committee included Jean Shafiroff,  Christopher Barley, Christine Boeke, Debra Caplan, Michele Herbert, Heidi and Colin Mitchell, Meghan and Darryl Pardi, Leane Romeo, Kevin and Carolyn Ryan, Sheri Sandler,  Sophie Ann Terrisse and Kevin Flagg, Kathy Trakas, Lauren Vernon, and Susan Warren. Hero Sponsors of the evening were Henry Buhl, Ronnie and Marty Foont, Linda Schoenthaler, Kate and Andy Spade, Christine Rales, and Vespa …

ALEX PEREZ HUNTERS POINT SOUTH RESIDENT DEAD

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Having lived in Long Island City at Hunters Point South for almost a year now, it has been a very sad day for all our residents because of the death of Alex Perez. 

Living in a new community brought in new lives for many of us. Building a strong community, building new friendships has been a wonderful adventure. Alex Perez was one of the greatest joys in our new community.

Alex a EX NYC Cop loved animals. He built a cat hotel on a vacant peace of land for the stray cats so they would not freeze to death in the winter. He spent almost all his money every month to feed them and spent endless hours late at night roaming Hunters Point South for great additions to his hotel. Residents of Hunters Point Crossing helped out with food and support to help Alex in his quest to keep the cats safe and warm. Sadly, the sanitation department tore it all down the other day for the Bernie Sanders Rally. But lucky, Alex never saw his dream pet hotel destroyed.

Alex would help anyone. A woman in our bu…

TINA FEY & DAMIAN HOLBROOK AT TRIBECA TALKS

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Tina Fey attended the Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Tina Fey with Damian Holbrook during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC on last night in New York City.

Photos By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

US PREMIERE OF 'THE MEDDLER' AT TRIBECA FILM

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Susan Sarandon along with Billy Magnusson and Joy Gorman Wettels were snapped at the US Premiere of The Meddler during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC last night in New York City.

Photo By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

MIIKE SNOW PLAYS LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD POOL

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Miike Snow performed at The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada over the weekend.

Photo By: Erik Kabik Photography/MediaPunch

WORLD PREMIERE OF 'ALWAYS SHINE' AT TRIBECA

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Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin Fitzgerald at the World Premiere Narrative of 'Always Shine' diring the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Bowtie Cinemas in New York City.

Photo By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

'WOLVES' PREMIERES AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

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The stars were snapped at the World Premiere of 'Wolves'during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at the SVA Theater the other evening.

Photos By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

VOLTBEAT PLAYS FAMED HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

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VOLBEAT performed recently at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo By: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

BERNIE SANDERS VIDEO IN HUNTERS POINT SOUTH

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**** TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP ENDORCES
BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT  ****


Bernie Sanders On Hunters Point South Waterfront


We really enjoyed the Bernie Sanders Event right outside our High Rise building tonight.


Being that I know most politicians personally, I do not like to endorse on the risk of losing a friend. Over the years I have photographed Hillary Clinton along with Donald Trump so many times, I can not even count. I like Hillary, but I think it's time for a change from the same faces in politics. I have been watching Bernie for a while now, and though I have never met him, he really knows what he is talking about.


Bernie is right on the money. When I grew up, one person in a family worked, they had a home, two cars and could send their kids to college. Now even with two people working, it is almost impossible. Bernie sees this. We are sending people to jail for small amounts of Marijuana, something they have on their record for life, yet Wall Street steals billions, pay a fine an…

MICHELLE OBAMA IS MAY COVERGIRL IN SEVENTEEN

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NEW YORK, April, 15, 2016 – Seventeen, the largest monthly teen media brand, today unveiled the May 2016 flip issue featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and two real girl winners of the Seventeen Better Make Room essay contest on one cover, which opens to a 11-page commencement section, and singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor on the other. This marks the first time that a First Lady has appeared on the cover of Seventeen, and inside the First Lady offers advice to the winners—and all Seventeen readers!—on preparing for college.


In support of the Better Make Room campaign, launched by the First Lady, Seventeen’s essay contest asked girls to write about how they plan on using a higher education to pursue their dreams and help their communities. The contest, which received hundreds of submissions, had two winners—Gemma Busoni, 17, of California, and Zaniya Lewis, 18, of New Jersey. Both received an all-expenses paid trip for themselves and a chaperone to Washington, D.C., where they met the …

TORI MURRAY LOITERING OUTSIDE MATILDA THEATRE

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The diabolical eight-year-old Tina Denmark (as played by the phenomenally talented Tori Murray in RUTHLESS!) was recently spotted loitering in front of Broadway’s MATILDA. In this photo, captured by a random tourist, Tina can clearly be seen clutching a jump rope behind her back; the very weapon she purportedly used to bump off a fellow third grader! Until a restraining order is in place, the MATILDA company has stepped up its in-house security force.


Off-Broadway’s musical smash RUTHLESS! opened on July 13, 2015 to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, “Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of John Waters!”


Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Paley also directed the original 1992 production of RUTHLESS! as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He once again serves as director of the new production, with Marvin Laird…

THE NEW YORK CITY MISSION SOCIETY ANNUAL GALA

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 **** Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Served as 2016 Gala Chair for Second Year; Dr. Rudolph F. Crew Delivered Keynote Address

Photos By: Patrick McMullan ****











New York, N.Y. – The New York City Mission Society honored Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) Founder and Artistic Director and multiple Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill at its annual Champions for Children Gala on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.


Led by Jean Shafiroff, this year’s Gala committee included: Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, Colbert Narcisse, and Katrina and Don Peebles as Honorary Chairs; Peggy and John Bader, Missy Kilroy and John Moorhead, Leah and Stan Rumbough, and, Yemi and Patrick Vatel (Committee Members); and, Brooke Laing (Auction Chair).


The benefit supported the Mission Society’s programs and services that help youth and families in our city’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. Medgar Evers College/CUNY President Rudolph F. Crew, who previously served as New York City Sch…

PATTI SMITH AND ETHAN HAWKE @ TRIBECA TALKS

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Tribeca Talks Storytellers: Patti Smith with Ethan Hawke at SVA Theater during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival last night in New York City.

Photo By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

WILLOW SMITH SPOTTED AT LOS ANGELES LAX

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Willow Smith was seen at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California yesterday. She did not seem amused by the cameras.

Photo By: John Misa/MediaPunch

LGBT CENTER DINNER AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET

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Michael Stipe and Whoopie Goldberg attended the LGBT Center Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street last night in New York City. We guess we know who the REM legend likes for president, Bernie Sanders.

Photos By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

GAEL GARCIA BERNAL VIEWS 'MADLY' @ TRIBECA FILM

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Gael Garcia Bernal was snapped at the 'Madly' Opening Night during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Bow Tie Cinema last night in New York City.

Photo By: Diego Corredor/Media Punch

PRODUCTION STARTS ON BOYBAND 'LARGER THAN LIFE'

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THE COMEBACK KIDS WILL MAKE YOU DANCE AND CRY
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Larger Than Life



Production has started on the new Boyband documentary film and it is truly "Larger Than Life"
From Co-founders Edvin Ortega ("Orange Is The New Black", "The Jersey Devil") and John Wagner comes "Larger Than Life: A Boyband Story"
The film not only takes a close look at what is like to be a tribute artist in New York's cut throat music scene, but it depicts the journey of co-founder Edvin Ortega as he tries to reunite John, Chris, Devin, Toly and others to not only form the Ultimate Boyband Tribute, but also relaunch their once promising careers as an original pop group.
It was the late 90’s and The Boy Band craze was at its peak. Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, 98 degrees were ruling the charts. Larger Than Life, the next great boy band was ready to take the world by storm. But then the music faded away. Justin left N’Sync. Backstreet didn’t come back and 98 Degrees cooled off. B…

JEAN SHAFIROFF @ BOYS AND GIRLS TOWNS OF ITALY

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Jean Shafiroff , the glamorous philanthropist and author of SUCCESSFUL PHILANTHROPY : HOW TO MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT YOU GIVE, was spotted at the Boy' and Girls' Towns of Italy Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City recently.

 Ms. Shafiroff wore a beautiful red silk embroidered Oscar de la Renta gown. The gown had a distinct Chinese flair to it.

The Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 whose mission is to help young people take responsibility for their community and develop into self-confident, creative, and accountable adults . For more information go to www.bgti.org