Jean Shafiroff

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary throughout 2022, French Heritage Society (FHS)  will mark its milestone year on both sides of the Atlantic this fall with a 40th Anniversary Gala at the Petit Palais in Paris on October 15th and “Gilded Age Gala” at a private club in Manhattan on November 17th. The New York Gala will honor philanthropist and long time Board Member, Jean Shafiroff.  FHS kicked off its busy fall gala season with festive cocktails on two consecutive Thursday evenings in September, one graciously hosted by FHS Board Member and Gilded Age Gala honoree Jean Shafiroff and the other by Young Patrons Circle Co-Chair Blake Funston.

Jean Shafiroff With NYS Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright & Elizabeth Stribling

On Thursday, September 22nd   cocktail festivities were held at the exquisite home of Jean and Martin Shafiroff. Remarks were given by Jean Shafiroff , as well as FHS Chairman Elizabeth Stribling and FHS Events Chair CeCe Black. Guests were further delighted to witness Mrs. Shafiroff receive an official proclamation as “First Lady of Philanthropy” from New York State Assemblymember  Rebecca Seawright in recognition of her immense impact as a philanthropist.

Stuart Lane And Bonnie Comley

Roy Kean With Liliana Cavendish, Lee Fryd And Randi Schatz

Jean & Martin Shafiroff

Asteemed guests included: FHS Board Members Judy McLaren, Kazie Metzger Harvey and Ann Van Ness. Also attending: Barbara Tober, Hunt Slonem, Candace Bushnell, Martin Shafiroff, Guy Robinson, Lee Black, Liane Pai, Liliana Cavendish,  Roy Kean, Afsaneh Akhtari , Paola Bacchini, Arnie Rosenshein, Susan and Gerald Baker, John Barman, Rosalie Brinton,  Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane, Randi Schatz, Flo Anthony, Lee Fryd , Tony Bowles Terry Corbett, Maria Fishel, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Susan Gutfreund, Rolf Heitmeyer, Sylvia Hemingway, Ernest Schmatola, Lieba Nesis, Tony Bowles, David Hochberg, Margo Langenberg, George Ledes, Jonathan LeWinter, Jonn Nubian,  Barbara Schumacher, , Patricia Silverstein, Victor de Souza, Carole Bellidora Westfall, Pamala Wright, among others. 

About French Heritage Society

Founded in 1982, French Heritage Society is an American nonprofit organization with ten chapters in the U.S. and one in France. Its central mission is to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations. Over the past 40 years, FHS has given over 600 restoration grants to properties throughout France and in the U.S. and selected and supported more than 500 university students who have crossed the Atlantic for internships at esteemed institutions. Its emergency Notre-Dame Fire Restoration Fund has raised nearly $2.6 million to date.

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, Casita Maria, NY Women's Foundation, Global Strays, New York Women's Foundation, 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.

 Jean served as the national spokesperson for the American Humane's “Feed the Hungry” Covid-19 program, an initiative that raised $1,000,000  to provide food for over 1,000,000 animals living in 109 different shelters across the United States.  She is the Ambassador for the Southampton Animal Shelter.  

For her philanthropy Jean has been honored many times by groups including the American Humane, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, Surgeons of Hope, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research, Al Sharpton's National Action Network, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, Health Advocates for Older People, Youth Counselling League, the NYC International Film Festival Foundation, the Jewish Board, and the Hadassah. In December 2020 Dan's Paper named her Philanthropist of the Year at their Long Island Power Women's Award Ceremony.

Jean is the producer and host of the television show "Successful Philanthropy" which airs six times weekly through LTV studios in East Hampton, NY, and then several times each week on Sun20TV in Southampton, NY. On her TV program Jean interviews politicians, celebrities, business leaders,  philanthropic leaders , and has even interviewed  a U.S. presidential candidate.

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Photos Courtesy Of Patrick McMullan