Jean Shafiroff

Philanthropist and event chair Jean Shafiroff hosted a kickoff party in honor of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s (SASF) 13th Annual Unconditional Love Gala. Approximately 200 attended The kickoff party which took place at the Southampton History Museum.

Jean Shafiroff With Martin Shafiroff

Henry Buhl And Missy Hargraves

Notable attendees included Chair Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Patricia Deshong, Susan Allen, New York State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Mayor Jess Warren, Henry Buhl, Anthony Buhl,  Ava Roosevelt, Pamela Wright, Meg McCartney, James McCartney, Randi Schatz, Robin Leacock, John Barman, Liliana Cavendish, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Tom Edmonds, Mariebelle Lieberman, Margaret Watson, Cathy Comelli, Janna Bullock, Leiba Nesis, Tony Bowles, Paola Bacchini, Ramona Singer, Arnie Rosenshein, Elena Gibbs, Missy Hargraves, T.R. Pescod, Alison Mitchell, Jessica Malkin, Rolise Rachel, Aisha Christian, Fred De'Vito, Elisabeth Halfpapp, Lee Fryd and Beau Hulse. Catering was provided by Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn. 

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 13th Annual Unconditional Love Gala is returning to the Hamptons this Summer 2022. The event will take place on Saturday, July 16th, at an exclusive Gin Lane location in Southampton, NY. The grand soiree aims to be the highlight of this summer season out East. Chaired by Jean Shafiroff, the event will honor William Bratton, former Police Commissioner of New York City and Jonathan McCann, founding President of SASF.  The Honorary Chair will be Georgina Bloomberg.  The annual event has been the most important fundraiser for the shelter for over a decade. 

Aisha Christian

The fun-filled gala will feature cocktails and a delicious, seated dinner, as well as dancing. In addition, a live and silent auction will help raise much-needed funds for the animals.

Proceeds from this event directly support the more than 5,000 animals who enter our doors each year. The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is supported exclusively by donations and grants from the community. From caring and finding homes for stray and abandoned animals to providing low-cost veterinary care and dog training so that animals can remain in their homes, the shelter has become a vital resource in our community.

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About SASF:  

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, open admission, no kill shelter that relies on the generosity of their donors and volunteers to care to for the homeless animals in its community, and to place them in loving “forever homes.” The number of animals in need of help is growing every day. The overpopulation of pets on Long Island is a major issue. Whether caring for strays found wandering the streets, rescuing neglected and abandoned animals, or saving dogs from the horrors of the puppy mill industry, the shelter is a safe haven for all animals and for some, a last resort. Without SASF, these animals would not be able to survive. The shelter provides a steppingstone for animals to find a loving home. It offers them housing, food, medical treatment, training, and rehabilitation when necessary.  They not only take in community pets but also partner with other rescues and shelters, located on Long Island, New York and areas in the South including Puerto Rico and Mexico, to save animals that are in dire situations.  

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About Jean Shafiroff:

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, humanitarian, TV host, writer, and the author of the book "Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give". Jean is often referred to as "the first lady of philanthropy" by the press because of her generosity and extensive work as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the philanthropic world. She serves on the boards of many charitable organizations and each year chairs upwards of eight different charity galas. Among the many causes she champions are those involved in women’s rights, rights of the underserved, health care, and animal welfare.

Jean serves on the boards of the American Humane, Southampton Hospital Association, NYC Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, Global Strays, New York Women's Foundation, Casita Maria, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board. A Catholic, she served on the board of the Jewish Board for 28 years and now is one of their honorary trustees.

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