Jean Shafiroff

Actor Stephen Baldwin and Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted a book release party for Remi Adeleke, whose just released his new book,Transformation: A Navy Seal's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds.

Jean Shafiroff With Remi Adeleke And Stephen Baldwin

Remi's inspiring story is one of true personal transformation, from troubled teen to Navy SEAL. In Transformed, Remi takes readers back to stories from his childhood as Nigerian royalty, to losing his father early in life and being raised by a single mother in the Bronx.

Jean Shafiroff, author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give, came up with the idea to host the reception after reading about Remi and his life story. They share the common goals of helping others “transform” their lives. Jean serves on 7 charity boards, the majority of which help disadvantaged persons. She invited her friends like Patty Raynes, and Paola Bacchini among other NYC movers & shakers including Anna Rothschild and Rita Cosby. Actor Stephen Baldwin, who is about to launch his own Veteran’s imitative,was eager to co-host with Jean since he knew Remi for his part in the blockbuster: “Transformers’ the Last Knight.”

The soon-to-open Marble Downtown was the scene for the party. In the heart of the meatpacking district in NYC, 120 guests at the party got a sneak-peek at the beautiful 14th Street space with high ceilings, brushed white marble floors, and a main dining room with a full length arched skylight. The menu of the event was mint-glazed Colorado Lamb chops, Fillet, Bruschetta, Maryland Crab cakes among other gourmet favorites.

Photos Courtesy Of Patrick McMullan