Jean Shafiroff

Diego Luna
On Tuesday, October 15, Surgeons of Hope (SoH) will be holding their 7th Annual Charity Galaat the prestigious JW Marriott Essex House, where they will honor Diego Luna, star of Narcos: Mexico and Star Wars: Rogue One, Mexican heart throb and Surgeons of Hope Heart Ambassador, and Publicis Groupe Supervisory Board Chairman Maurice Lévy.

The evening, chaired by Jean Shafiroff, includes cocktails, a coveted auction collection, a three-course meal of contemporary French cuisine with exquisite wine pairings at the iconic Essex House overlooking Central Park, and exciting entertainment from Latin dance group Baila Conmigo.

The event will showcase SoH’s lifesaving work with babies and children in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Paraguay and celebrate the efforts of these two extraordinary philanthropists. The evening will culminate with an electrifying performance by Baila Conmigo – the high-energy Latin dance group that recently toured with Jennifer Lopez.

The gala will be raising proceed to finance Surgeons of Hope’s work and mission, “To create a world in which every infant and child with a damaged heart has an equal opportunity to receive life-saving surgery.”

Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist and Author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, chairs this year’s Gala which is a wonderful opportunity for the community, supporters and friends to help provide lifesaving heart surgeries for babies and children, regardless of where they call home. Jean Shafiroff’s commitment to SoH’s lifesaving work has been integral to the organization’s success in recent years.

About Surgeons of Hope

Since 2013, SoH has provided over 1,700 children with lifesaving surgery in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Paraguay and held over 30 week-long training missions. Working with the National Children’s Hospital, SoH created Costa Rica’s first nationwide monitoring system to help detect congenital heart disease, the number one birth defect amongst newborns, and the need for early treatment. The organization built and equipped Nicaragua’s first pediatric heart center in 2013 and sent its first mission to Paraguay earlier this year. Surgeons of Hope is excited about expanding its work regionally and launching a medical fellowship program in 2020, in order to further develop the expertise and skills of the local teams it partners with.

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