Jean Shafiroff With Beth Stern

Matt Meeker With Jean Shafiroff & Jon Ledecky

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 14th Annual Unconditional Love Gala returned to the Hamptons and took place at The Muses in Southampton, NY. The grand soiree was among the highlights so far of this summer season out east. Chaired by Jean Shafiroff, the event honored Jon Ledecky, Co-owner, New York Islanders and Matt Meeker, co-founder and CEO, BARK.  The Honorary Chair was Georgina Bloomberg.


Elton Ilirjani

Elena Gibbs With Nicole Tumilowicz And Morgan Oliveira

The fun-filled gala featured cocktails and a seated dinner, as well as dancing after a live and silent auction which helped raise much-needed funds for the animals. Live auction items included courtside seats at the US Open, a night in the NY Islanders Owners Suite, Vacation stays in Sun Valley, Tuscany, A Dinner Party meal cooked by Chef Rocco DiSpirito, and a one-year golf membership with Dormie Network. 


Matt Lauer

Jean Shafiroff With Martin Shafiroff

Notable Attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Jon Ledecky, Matt Meeker, Beth Stern, Matt Lauer, Dr Jennifer Jablow, Jordan Lippner, Tara Piesco, Ingrid Arneberg, Beatrix Parash, Joe Piesco, Craig Dix, Southampton Town Mayor Bill Manger, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman,  Bill Evans, T'ziah Wood-Smith, Misha Crosby, NYS Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Martin Shafiroff, Kim Charlton, Pamela O’Connor, Michele Healy, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Nancy Stone, Greg D’elia, Henry Buhl, Sarah Freedman, Laura Wynne, William Matuska, Renee Schlather, Brigid Fitzgerald, Randi Schatz, Jonathan McCann, Sandra Foschi, Dina and John Burns, Elena Gibbs, Nicole Tumilowicz, Jill Rappaport, Ian Duke, Elton Ilirjani, Ann Liguori. 


Ann Liguori & Scott Vallery

Henry Buhl

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. 


Jill Rappaport

Bill Evans

The Foundation is grateful for the support of sponsors for the 2023 Gala, including; 

Platinum Vice Chair

Allen Wyoming Foundation, Leslie L. Alexander, Susan Allen 

Diamond Vice Chair

Martin & Jean Shafiroff 

Corporate Chair

Anchor Capital, BARK, Lexus & Mercedes-Benz of Southampton, New York Islanders, Stifel 

Silver Vice Chair

Ingrid Arneberg, Jaclyn Brunckhorst, Fiona & Stanley Druckenmiller, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Charles Mastronardi Foundation, Paul Herman, Jordan Lippner & Dr. Jennifer Jablow, Gregg & Lisa Schenker, Margaretta J. Taylor, Mark & Irina Barrocas, Bottom Line Concepts 

Associate Vice Chair

Michele Heary, Asprey USA, Henry Buhl, Craig Dix, DLA Piper, Lorraine Egan, Southampton Hospital Foundation, Brigid Fitzgerald & Michael Katz, Hans Kertess, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Renee & Dale Schlather, Bonnie Klapper & Lonny Schwartz, Elissa & Howard Zodicoff 


Mr. Brad Roberts, Tito's 

About the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF):  

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of our donors and volunteers to care for the homeless animals in our community and place them in loving “forever homes.” The number of animals in need of our help is growing every day. The overpopulation of pets on Long Island is a major issue and sadly more amazing animals are ending up homeless. 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, the last resort. Without SASF, these animals would not be able to survive. The shelter provides a steppingstone for animals to find loving homes. It offers them housing, food, medical treatment, training, and rehabilitation when necessary. 

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