Jean Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff

Powerhouse philanthropists Jean Shafiroff and Henry Buhl were part of a panel of speakers on hand to celebrate the screening of Robin Melanie Leacock’s documentary “A Passion For Giving” Saturday in Southampton. Jean Shafiroff spoke about the great benefits of giving, her life and the importance of teaching future generations to become philanthropists. Animal activist and actress Missy Hargraves took the stage to introduce the PBS film in which she is featured along with Henry Buhl, Donna Karan, Count Alexandre de Lesseps, Carolina Herrera, MTV founder John Sykes, and RUN DMC’s Darryl McDaniels with cameos by Dan Ackroyd, Richard Branson, Roger Waters, Fran Liebowitz, and President Bill Clinton. Candace Bushnell, along with “The Grandfather of Venture Capitalism, Alan Patricof, legendary concert promoter Ron Delsener, and G.E. Smith of SNL fame showed up.

Jean Shafiroff With Missy Hargraves, Robin Leacock And Henry Buhl

 Jean made an appearance at a private dinner hosted by Buhl attended by LuAnn de Lesseps, and Pamela O’Connor; then joined other movie-goers that dined at the all new Union Sushi & Steak a modern take on the steakhouses of old; who donated a portion of proceeds to The Southampton Animal Shelter. The sold-out socially-distanced event, touted by Vanity Fair as “honest, heartfelt, and inspirational,” launches a nation-wide tour of the film about philanthropy. 

 About Jean Shafiroff 

 Jean Shafiroff is renowned for her charitable giving and commitment to philanthropy. She chairs numerous galas and hosts many events benefiting several not-for-profit organizations each year and is the author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, a book which serves as a practical guide for both the aspiring and seasoned philanthropist. She serves on the boards of six charitable organizations, including the New York City Mission Society, Southampton Hospital Association, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board, and Global Strays. She is an Honorary Trustee of the Jewish Board and served on their board for 28 years. She is also an ambassador for the American Humane Society and is their national spokesperson for their Feed the Hungry Covid-19 Program. She serves as the Ambassador-at-large for the Southampton Animal Shelter. In addition, Jean is a New York Women's Foundation Board Alumna who remains very active with the Foundation and women's issues. A volunteer fundraiser, leader, and spokesperson for several charitable causes, Jean Shafiroff’s philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, animal rights, women’s rights and well-being, and health care. Jean has been honored for her philanthropic work countless times. Some of the groups that have honored her include the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society , NYC Mission Society, NYC Mission Society , Surgeons of Hope , the Hadassah and the Jewish Board. For more information about Jean Shafiroff, please visit:

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