JEAN SHAFIROFF HOSTS BASTILLE DAY LUNCHEON
Photographs By: Patrick McMullan
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Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted her Annual Bastille Day Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at traditional French restaurant Omar at Vaucluse in New York City. The luncheon, observing the national French holiday, coincided with France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ victory, giving Shafiroff and her 45 distinguished guests more reason to celebrate.
Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, celebrity Greg Kelly, fashion designers Zang Toi and Victor dE Souza, Margo Catsimatidis, Susan Gutfreund, Liliana Cavendish, Basha Riddick, Ann Rapp, Roy Kean, Larry Kaiser, Laurel Marcus, Annette De Lorenzo, Mani Kamboj, Anka Palitz, Lee Fryd, Christopher Pape, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Maria Fishel, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Alejandra Sacasa, Gilda Sacasa, Flo Anthony, NBC host Raina Seitel, Lieba Nesis, Erica Katz, Marilyn Gauthier, Tony Brand, Ernest Schmatolla, Marilyn Kirschner, and Alex Donner.
During the patriotic French celebration, Jean Shafiroff paid tribute to the French national soccer team. Speaking highly of the two-time World Cup champions, Shafiroff says, “France played a great game, but this victory won by France was especially thrilling following the French national holiday, Bastille Day.”
Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff has served as a board member of the French Heritage Society for approximately seven years. Toasting the French, Mrs. Shafiroff announced that she would make a donation to the French Heritage Society. A strong supporter of the nonprofit organization, Jean Shafiroff is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and promotion of French heritage in America and France.
In honor of Bastille Day and the World Cup victors, the private dining room was decorated with miniature French flags and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ soccer balls – with the same mono-panel design as the Adidas Telstar 18 official match ball.
The French national holiday, Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution, which took place on July 14, 1789. The Bastille prison was a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis XVI’s Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king's authority should be limited by a separation of powers.