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Thursday, July 19, 2018

JEAN SHAFIROFF HOSTS BASTILLE DAY LUNCHEON

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HIGH SOCIETY

Photographs By: Patrick McMullan
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Jean Shafiroff In Fashion

Jean Shafiroff And Greg Kelly



Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted her Annual Bastille Day Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at traditional French restaurant Omar at Vaucluse in New York City. The luncheon, observing the national French holiday, coincided with France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ victory, giving Shafiroff and her 45 distinguished guests more reason to celebrate.

Jean Shafiroff With Ann Rapp


Lucia Hwong Gordon With Lauren Day Roberts & Chiu-Ti Jansen



Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, celebrity Greg Kelly, fashion designers Zang Toi and Victor dE Souza, Margo Catsimatidis, Susan Gutfreund, Liliana Cavendish, Basha Riddick, Ann Rapp, Roy Kean, Larry Kaiser, Laurel Marcus, Annette De Lorenzo, Mani Kamboj, Anka Palitz, Lee Fryd, Christopher Pape, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Maria Fishel, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Alejandra Sacasa, Gilda Sacasa, Flo Anthony, NBC host Raina Seitel, Lieba Nesis, Erica Katz, Marilyn Gauthier, Tony Brand, Ernest Schmatolla, Marilyn Kirschner, and Alex Donner.

Jean Shafiroff And Flo Anthony

Lee Fryd With Roy Kean And Natalie Ross



During the patriotic French celebration, Jean Shafiroff paid tribute to the French national soccer team. Speaking highly of the two-time World Cup champions, Shafiroff says, “France played a great game, but this victory won by France was especially thrilling following the French national holiday, Bastille Day.”


Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff has served as a board member of the French Heritage Society for approximately seven years. Toasting the French, Mrs. Shafiroff announced that she would make a donation to the French Heritage Society. A strong supporter of the nonprofit organization, Jean Shafiroff is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and promotion of French heritage in America and France.

Jean Shafiroff With Ernest Schmatolla & Margo Catsimatidis


Jean Shafiroff And Zang Toi


In honor of Bastille Day and the World Cup victors, the private dining room was decorated with miniature French flags and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ soccer balls – with the same mono-panel design as the Adidas Telstar 18 official match ball.


The French national holiday, Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution, which took place on July 14, 1789. The Bastille prison was a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis XVI’s Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king's authority should be limited by a separation of powers.



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

JEAN SHAFIROFF STUNNING @ HAMPTONS HEART BALL

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HIGH SOCIETY WITH A HEART

Photos By: Patrick McMullan
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Jean Shafiroff


Jean Shafiroff With Greg Kelly



The Hamptons Heart Ball was a huge success on Saturday night June 23rd . The rain held off but the festivities did not. The American Heart Association’s 22nd Annual Hamptons Heart Ball was held at the Southampton Arts Center in Southampton. The event was attended by 400 people and raised over $700,000 to benefit the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association..

Jean Shafiroff And John Catsimatidis



The event honored Audrey & Martin Gruss, of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation and Dr. Apostolos K. Tassiopoulos, Department Chair of Vascular Surgery at Stony Brook and Director of the Heart and Stroke Center at Southampton Hospital. The Ball was Co-Chaired by Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist and Author and Chuck Simonton, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Divisional Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, Abbott. Entertaining the guests was Master of Ceremonies Greg Kelly.

Flo Anthony

Robert Zimmerman


Jean Shafiroff With Tracy Stern


Dr. Barry Latney With Lori Latney


East End Cardiology Group




Asia Lee & Kathy Munsch
Also in attendance was Bob Chaloner, NY Congresswoman Rebecca Seawright, Meredith Cohen, Dottie Herman, Lauren Witkoff, Dr. Jeff Moses, Robert Zimmerman, Dr. Larry Chinitz, John & Terry Tortorella, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, Maria and Ken Fishel, Missy Hargraves, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Anka Palitz, Larry Kaiser, Mayor Michael Irving and wife Ellen,Lauren and Bob Roberts, Lilliana Cavendish, Pamela O’Connor and John and Margo Catsimatidis.


To get involved in next years event, please contact Barbara Poliwoda at (631) 734-2804, Barbara.poliwoda@heart.org or visit HERE.


The American Heart Association would like to thank local media sponsors, Hamptons Magazine, Dan’s Papers, Hamptons.com & Avenue on the Beach Magazine.

Jill & David Kandell


Jane Scher


Casey Dalene With Arlene Simonton And Lori Dalene



About the American Heart Association


The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org

Sunday, August 27, 2017

JEAN SHAFIROFF & DON LEMON @ UNCF BENEFIT

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HAMPTON'S BEST

Photos By: Patrick McMullan & Tom Fitzgerald / Society In Focus
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Jean Shafiroff And Don Lemon



HAMPTONS -- $300,000 was raised at the recent UNCF “A Mind Is . . .” Hamptons Summer Benefit benefiting deserving New York area students. More than 400 guests attended the Aug. 5-6 benefit weekend events, which were held at the private residences of Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics, and Lyn and E.T. Williams Jr., Frank Baker, co-founder and managing partner of Siris Capital Group, LLC and Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta University, were honored with the Keepers of the Flame award for being champions of diversity and education.



Joe Madison, SiriusXM Urban View radio talk show host, was master of ceremonies. Jane Carter, Errol Taylor, Desiree Watson, William Pickens III, Jean Shafiroff and Paula Taylor were co-chairs for the events on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF president and CEO, delivered remarks on UNCF’s impact in the state of New York and the importance of community support.

Victor dE Souza




“Where else can you come together to send kids to college, but in such elegant surroundings in the midst of a Hamptons summer,” said Lomax. “With the support of the community, whom we call our army of advocates, UNCF has invested almost $2 million in college scholarships for New York students, millions of dollars in cash support and technical assistance for our 37 member HBCUs and the almost 1,300 New York students who attend them.”

Earl Graves




Elsie McCabe Thompson With David Walker, Jean Shafiroff & Flo Anthony





In its 72-year history, UNCF has raised more than $4.5 billion to support minority students’ quest for better futures. Events such as these are made possible by the admirable support of community and corporate partners such as this year’s “A Mind Is . . .” Hamptons Summer Benefit platinum sponsors, Siris Capital Group, LLC and Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Additional sponsors were Loida Lewis; the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation; Sidley Austin LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; RBC Capital Markets; Wellness Interactive; Adam and Stacy Coyle; Christina Lewis Halpern; Moët Hennessy USA; Notorious Pink Rosé; Jean, Martin, Jacqueline and Elizabeth Shafiroff; Sankofa Global Project; Errol and Paula Taylor; Zelnick Media Capital; Stifel; and Jeff and Caren Hendren.


Dawne Marie Grannum & Paula Taylor



Emily Nichols-Mitchell And Dr. Kimberly Williams




Media partners were SiriusXM, World Bride Magazine, The Independent and Dee & Co. and MLM Presents.



Guests in attendance included such notables as Don Lemon, Earl Graves, Flo Anthony, Elsie McCabe Thompson and Dale Mason Cochran.



The electrifying weekend included a VIP brunch, silent auction, entertainment by Kym Hampton and Flow and a student testimonial from UNCF Gates Millennium Scholar, Rahim Mahmoud (Rutgers University, 2018) and Clark Atlanta Alumnus of the Class of 2007, Kevin Brown, CEO of Legacy Thinking Labs and founder of Debt Free College Academy.


Monday, October 10, 2016

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA AWARDS

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NEEMA BARNETTE, DIRECTOR OF "QUEEN SUGAR," EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY OPRAH WINFREY & AVA DU VERNAY, AMONG HONOREES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN CINEMA (AAWIC) 2ND ANNUAL WES (WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS) OCTOBER 13, 2016
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Neema Barnette




Founded by world renowned filmmaker Terra Renee, African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) is the premier international organization designed for women of color to showcase their talents in all aspects of film making, which include producing, writing, directing and acting, as well as behind-the-scenes work. The innovative programs of African American Women in Cinema (AAWIC) include an annual film festival, workshops throughout the year, networking events, along with panels and social activities.


On October 13, 2016, for the second year in a row, African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) will present the WES (Women of Excellence Awards) at Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway, New York City. This esteemed VIP awards ceremony has been designed to honor leading women who have paved the way for those who are following in their footsteps in various industries.


The 2016 class of honorees includes Neema Barnette, Producer & Director, Queen Sugar, Executive Produced by Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay; Connie DeLaigle, Affirmative Action Coordinator for Minority Women Business Owners for Port Authority NY/NJ; Moikgantsi Kgoma, Founder of Image Nation; Carol Ann Shine, Co-founder of Blackhouse Foundation;Josie Thomas, CBS Executive EVP Chief Diversity, Inclusion Office and Nneka Onuorah, Producer, Black Girl Rocks. Sponsors include C2G Group at Morgan Stanley, CBS, Fineline Creative. Media Sponsors are Diversity Women Magazine & Blacknoir.nyc.


The evening will be hosted by Television Host Yonathan Elias.



WHAT: WES (Women of Excellence) Awards

WHEN: October 13, 2016

WHERE: Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway, New York City

TIME: 7:00 PM

TICKETS: $100 available on-line at aawic.org


 Photo Courtesy Of: Flo Anthony

Sunday, September 18, 2016

KICKOFF FOR PET PHILANTHROPY CIRCLE'S AWARDS

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NEW YORK CITY STYLE

Photos By: Owen Hoffman / Patrick McMullan
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Jean Shafiroff



Lindsey Spielfogel With Elizabeth Shafiroff



Jean Shafiroff, Alex Donner and Amanda Bowman hosted an evening of cocktails at the private residence of Amanda Bowman and David Levy recently. The event marked the kickoff for the Pet Philanthropy Circle’s 5th Anniversary Pet Hero Awards on October 7, 2016.



Guests at the event included Pet Philanthropy Circle’s Founder Jewel Morris, Martin & Jean Shafiroff, Flo Anthony, Alex Donner, Amanda Bowan, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Geoffrey Bradfield, Roy Kean, and Lynn Paulson.

Jean Shafiroff With  Jewel Morris And Amanda Bowman


Midway through the event, Jean Sharfiroff addressed everyone in the room to thank guests for their support. She also stressed the need of legislation that will outlaw all puppy mills. She also emphasized the need for more spay and neuter programs. Additional guests included Montgomery Frazier, Ben Mindich, Scott Elkins, Abigail Trenk, Tanja Dreiding Wallace, Roy Kean, Robin Cofer, Joseph Fichera, Lindsey Spielfogel, and Lee fryd.



The Pet Hero Awards will be held at Gotham Hall on October 7, 2016. It will be co chaired by Georgina Bloomberg and Prince Lorenzo Borghese, the cocktail reception and dinner dance will be hosted by NBC’s David Frei, and Pet Philanthropy Circle’s Founder Jewel Morris. Among the honorees are singer-songwriter Naomi Judd, Alison Eastwood, Katie Cleary, Matthew Talbot, the American Humane Association’s Robin Ganzert, Jamie’s Rescue, Heart – an Animal Welfare Education organization - and Amazing Grace.

Jean Shafiroff With Flo Anthony





Event sponsors include Hamptons Pet Magazine, Petco Foundation, Rescue Paw Foundation, Park Lane Hotel and Flowers by Topaz.



The Pet Philanthropy Circle’s mission is to save and enhance the quality of animal lives by promoting greater public awareness of their welfare and the causes that protect them.  We accomplish this through educational programs, raising funds for qualified animal rescue organizations and the Pet Hero Awards.



To purchase tickets please click on the following Event Brite link: http://bit.ly/2ceEkO2.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

FLO ANTHONY'S SEQUEL 'ONE LAST DEADLY PLAY'

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BOOKS

"Be sure to keep the lights on for this thriller!"
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One Last Deadly Play



New York, NY - Celebrity Journalist/Bestselling Author Flo Anthony returns with One Last Deadly Play, which was recently released digitally on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The novel marks the highly anticipated sequel to her 2013 release “Deadly Stuff Players”.


Almost two years ago, along with law enforcement officers, the nation's most popular Black Gossip Columnist, Valerie Rollins and her crime solving partner, Rome Nyland, an NFL Hall of Famer turned Private Investigator, discovered that retired Los Angeles Wildcats baseball player Royale Jones' real identity is Rolondo Jemison, his look-a-like cousin. A career criminal, Rolondo, had been presumed dead. 


The question was, "What happened to the real Royale?," whom Valerie never revealed to anyone that she had an intimate past with. On this particular Tuesday morning, a mysterious man who has been living on a deserted island in the Bahamas with amnesia for the past five years, suddenly gets his memory back when he sees a photo of Rolondo in a newspaper article that also mentions Valerie's name. 


At the same time in Los Angeles, Rolondo shoots his way out of an L.A. courtroom and flees to New York City where Valerie is helping her fiance, Black dot com billionaire Victor Dumas and his son, Vance, a jockey, put together an all Black Polo Club that will compete this summer in the Hamptons Polo Classic. Once Val and crew land in the Big Apple, they find out their Los Angeles home has been invaded, members of their staff have been killed and Rome's fiancee Turquoise Hobson, is missing. 


Vance's wife, Kentucky Derby winning jockey Violet McClean has left him, and secretly joined forces against the Dumas family with Rolondo and Victor's worst enemy, his half--brother Sincere, to kidnap she and Vance's daughter for billions in ransom and eventually kill Victor and Valerie. The dastardly trio is also after a trunk filled with gold, silver and bills hidden in an underground safe in a secret room beneath the Holy Tabernacle of Mary Magdelene Church in the Hamptons' historically black neighborhood that is in Sag Harbor. The church was once the last stop on the Underground Railroad. 


Follow this eclectic cast of characters along with supermodels, socialites, a treacherous minister, the Bugatti Blades and an Olympic Figure Skater as they navigate the streets of New York City and the glittering Hamptons, all the while making new love connections as well as renewing past ones, dodging bullets and death, but most importantly, Valerie and Rome are once again trying to keep the bad guys from making One Last Deadly Play.


About Flo Anthony


A veteran celebrity journalist, Flo Anthony currently hosts a daily nationally syndicated radio show “Gossip On The Go With Flo”, syndicated by Superadio. In addition, she is the Publisher/Editor In Chief of Blacknoir.nyc, and a contributor to the New York Daily News' Confidential column . Flo also writes a weekly syndicated column “Go With The Flo” which appears in several publications including the New York Amsterdam News and Philadelphia Sunday Sun. Flo has been seen over the years on countless television shows and networks including Geraldo, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, TV One's Life After, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN, HLN and E! Entertainment TV.




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

JEAN & MARTIN SHAFIROFF HOST AMERICAN HEART

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ON PARK AVENUE

Photos By: James Edstrom
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Jean Shafiroff



Cornelia Guest



Martin Shafiroff And Tomacheck Bednarek



Roy Kean And Ann Rapp



Jean Shafiroff With Consuelo Vanderbuilt Costin, Tracey Stern And Randi Schatz




Jean Shafiroff and her husband Martin hosted cocktails in their home for the American Heart Association (AHA) who will honor Jean at their June 25, 2016 20th Anniversary Gala in the Hamptons. That night temperatures dropped well below freezing. However, the frigid weather did not stop over 100 friends and supporters from stopping by.

Dawne Marie Grannum



Victor De Souza
Among those enjoying champagne and hors d'oeuvres were Barbara Poliwoda (Regional Director of AHA) and event co-chairs, Randi Schatz, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and Tracy Stern. Others who came by included New York Times' best-selling author Michael Gross and his wife Barbara Hodes, Cornelia Guest (daughter of C.Z. Guest) , interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield, Debbie Bancroft and husband Billy Bancroft, Margo Langenberg, Edgar Batista, society band leader Alex Donner, Roy Kean, Ann Rapp, Lilliana Cavendish, designers Victor dE Souza and Maggie Norris, CeCe and Lee Black, Debra Halpert, Christine Schott, George Ledes, Katrina and Don Peebles, Larry Kaiser, Todd Shapiro, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein and Jonathan Marder.


Flo Anthony And Claude Stanton

 

Katrina & Don Peebles With Randi Schatz And Barbara Poliwoda



At the party, Jean briefly spoke about her father who suffered from a heart attack at the age of 51. She explained how good cardiac care had helped to kept him alive until the age of 94. Jean thanked the AHA for their research and the good work they do to educate the public on cardiac care. Dr. Jeffrey Moses, cardiologist from New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, also spoke about the important work of the American Heart Association.



For more information, call Barbara Poliwoda (631) 734-2803 or email Barbara.poliwoda@heart.org or visit the website: hamptonsheartball.heartorg

Monday, October 26, 2015

FLO ANTHONY HONORED BY AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN

Flo Anthony With Proclamation



Jean Shafiroff With Claude Stanton And Flo Anthony



Councilman Jumaane Williams
African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) presented the WES Awards, Women of Excellence Salutes at Morgan Stanley in Times Square. Hosted by veteran WBLS Air Personality, Dr. Bob Lee, the evening honored Laurens Grant, Film Producer, Radio Host/Bestselling Author Flo Anthony, Rosalind McLymont, Executive Editor of The Network Journal and Genevieve Michel-Bryan, VP of Broadcast, Black Enterprise Magazine. For the past 18 years, Founder and President African American Women in Cinema Organization, Inc., Terra Renee has utilized her strong background in filmmaking to serve as a continuous support for the vibrant work of women.

Flo Anthony With Steven Hoffenberg



Notables who attended included: Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Dottie Media Group CEO Claude Stanton, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, Dr. Jeff Gardere, Helen Shelton, Shannon Hales, Bravo "Blood Sweat & Heels" Geneva Thomas, Keri D. Singleton, Postpublishing.buzz CEO/Publisher Steven Hoffenberg. Karina Tarsky and Shelley Brooks.



Sponsors included Morgan Stanley C2G Group, Lancome and Bergdorf Goodman. 




Monday, August 24, 2015

HAVANA TO THE HAMPTONS FOR LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ

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THE HAMPTONS

Photos By: Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan
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Jean Shafiroff With Valentino Carlotti And Diana DiMenna



Flo Anthony With Greg Ammon, Jean Shafiroff And Stacy Volkov



Jean Shafiroff and Flo Anthony attended the From Havana to the Hamptons event, hosted by Co-Chairs Greg Ammon and Valentino D. Carlotti, in Bridgehampton, NY. The event benefited Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance and education programs.



On a beautiful Friday evening under a lantern lit tent, guests enjoyed a Caribbean-themed menu and signature cocktails sponsored by Hennessy Prestige, while being treated to musical performances by critically-acclaimed, Cuban musicians Pedrito Martinez and Jose “Pepito” Gomez. Mr. Carlotti and Mr. Ammon, with his fiancée Stacy Volkov, welcomed the attendees to the festive event which took place on a beautiful Bridgehampton evening.



Coinciding with the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, including a flag-raising ceremony that marked the first time the Stars and Stripes have flown over a diplomatic compound in Cuba in 54 years, the event celebrated the album release Live in Cuba (to be released on August 21, 2015) featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing for sold-out crowds over three nights in Havana’s historic Mella Theater in October 2010. Live in Cuba is the organization’s first release on the newly formed Blue Engine Records–an initiative by Jazz at Lincoln Center to release studio and live recordings, as well as archival recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance history that date back to 1987 and are part of the R. Theodore Ammon Archives and Music Library.



"At Jazz at Lincoln Center, we like to hold celebrations to observe accomplishments and milestones of the organization, and there are a lot of great things happening that give us many reasons to celebrate.” Mr. Ammon said. “This evening we are celebrating two firsts: the creation and launch of Blue Engine Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s own label; and the exciting debut album release of Live in Cuba.” 



Mr. Ammon later introduced the incredible musicians, who entertained guests at the event, saying: “I am certain the performances from tonight’s musicians will virtually transport us to Havana.” Guests danced salsa, rumba and other styles for more than two hours as Pedrito Martinez and Jose “Pepito” Gomez performed both originals and classics of latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music.



Mr. Carlotti, JALC Board Member and great supporter of Cuban music, spoke about his involvement with Jazz at Lincoln Center and his excitement about the release of Live in Cuba. “I want to tell you how passionate and excited we all are to be a part of the efforts to increase access to jazz music to diverse communities throughout New York and across the globe, and about helping JALC build a community of young patrons who will be part of the next generation of arts advocates,” he stated. “And as I look around this evening, there is no doubt that support of our work is growing, and that’s a great thing. Tonight’s performances are certainly in keeping with our commitment to that effort.”


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ELLEN HERMANSON FOUNDATION'S EVENT AT SEQUIN

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Jean Shafiroff With Julie Ratner And Linda Renk Host Hamptons Fete

Photos By: Patrick McMullan
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Jean Shafiroff With Jackie Rodgers



Jeffrey Bradford And Kevin Relihan


Lucia Hwong Gordon




Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Julie Ratner and Linda Renk, Co-Founder of Sequin, hosted a cocktail reception benefitting the Ellen Hermanson Foundation at Sequin Southampton this past Sunday, August 9, 2015.



The event served as a “kick-off” event for the upcoming Ellen’s Run 5K, which will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015. This year, the annual run/walk, which was founded to ensure access to state-of-the-art breast health care and to empower people affected by cancer, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary years of leading the fight on Breast Cancer. The event has been named “Best Event in the Hamptons” in 2012, 2013, 2014 by Dan’s Papers.

Julie Ratner With Jean Shafiroff And Linda Renk


John Wegorzewski And Sara Herbert Galloway



Julie Ratner With Patrick McMullan




Jean Shafiroff, former honoree and chairwoman of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation's Gala; Julie Ratner, Executive Director of the Ellen Hermanson Foundation; and Linda Renk welcomed guests including: John Awe, Fashion Designer Jackie Rogers, Cheryl Dovenberg, Hope Kramer, Dr. Jonathan Aviv, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Greg D'Elia, Lee Fryd, Eric Andrew, Katlean DeMonchy, Flo Anthony, Dawne Marie Grannum, Lieba Nesis, Dr. Penny Grant, John Wegorzewski, Sara Herbert Galloway, Joseph Fichera, Patrick McMullan and Flo Anthony.

Dawne Marie Grannum With Flo Anthony


Jean Shafiroff With Gregory D'Elia




Hope Kramer
Dr. Julie Ratner is the chairwoman of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, a breast cancer charity she founded with her sister Emily Levin in memory of their younger sister Ellen Hermanson, who died of breast cancer at the age of 42 in 1995. Since its inception, the foundation has distributed more than $3.5million in grants with most of the money staying on the East End of Long Island where the rates of breast cancer diagnosis and mortality are among the highest in New York State. The foundation carries on the work Ellen began after her diagnosis by providing educational outreach to medically underserved women about the importance of early detection, psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors and access to quality medical care.