Showing posts with label HOLIDAYS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HOLIDAYS. Show all posts

Thursday, December 21, 2017



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff, Prominent Philanthropist and Author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, hosted her fourth annual holiday luncheon, this time at Le Cirque. More than 60 invitees attended the luncheon, which was held in honor of The New York Center for Children. In true holiday spirit, Shafiroff made a generous donation to the charity in honor of those guest who attended.

Ann Rapp With CeCe Black, Liliana Cavendish And Dawne Marie Grannum

Rita Cosby And Tomaczek Bednarek

Victor dE Souza
Attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Ariadna Vera Bustindui, George Gurley, Sharon Bush, Francine Le Frak, Nina Burleigh, Dale Dobson, New York State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Jay Cheshes, Ann Rapp, Barbara Tober, CeCe Black, Randi Schatz, Irene Michaels, Chele Chiavacci Farley, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Maggie Norris, Victor de Souza, Malan Breton, Frederick Anderson, former Miss America Suzette Charles, Liliana Cavendish, William Cavendish, George Wayne, Rita Cosby, Flo Anthony, Marco Maccioni, Penny Grant, Joanna Fisher, Tomaczek Bednarek, Larry Keiser, Roy Kean, Michael Henry Adams, and Susan Gutfruend.

Jean Shafiroff Wtih Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia & Ariadna Bustindu

This was the first time Mrs. Shafiroff held her luncheon at Le Cirque, which will permanently close at its current location on December 31st, 2017. (The restaurant is slated to reopen at a new location in 2018.) A longtime and dedicated patron of Le Cirque, Mrs. Shafiroff has hosted numerous private and charitable events at the restaurant over the years. Guests enjoyed a three course lunch/dinner, including goat cheese salad, a selection of gourmet chicken or salmon, and a dessert medley, as well as wines and champagne.

CeCe Black And Barbara Tober

Francine LeFrak
Jean Shafiroff is renowned for her charitable giving and commitment to philanthropy. She chairs numerous galas and hosts many events benefitting 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 eight organizations, including the New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (20+ years), Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, and Global Strays. She is also an ambassador for the American Humane Society. A volunteer fundraiser, leader, and spokesperson for several charitable causes, Jean Shafiroff’s philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, women’s rights and well-being, health care, animal welfare, and resources for children in need, in addition to other causes.

Le Cirque is located at 151 East 58th Street,New York, NY 10022

About The New York Center for Children

Founded in 1995 with the support of the late Broadway producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mosbacher, The New York Center for Children (NYCC) is a child-friendly Center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. NYCC also offers professional training on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. All of the programs and services to children and families at NYCC are completely free of charge. NYCC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover the costs of operations. NYCC serves all families, including those without insurance. In addition to evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC also benefit from tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular events. NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. The child-friendly space is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

For more information on NYCC, visit

Tuesday, December 13, 2016



Newark, NJ -- Share in the 50th annual celebration of Kwanzaa! at NJPAC beginning Thursday, December 15th until Sunday, December 18th. NJPAC’s Prudential Hall Lobby will be transformed into a Kwanzaa Artisan Marketplace where vendors display creative, unique and one of kind items for everyone’s gift-giving needs.

Then on Saturday, December 17th families and children of all ages are invited to a FREE Kwanzaa Children’s Festival taking place from 12 Noon until 5pm where kids of all ages experience hands-on activities that share and educate the true meaning of Kwanzaa. This event takes place at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education located on the NJPAC campus at 24 Rector Street.

Also on Saturday, December 17th, NJPAC presents Forces of Nature Dance Theater with special guest Les Nubians with two special performances at 2pm and at 8pm. The 2pm Forces of Nature Dance performance will begin with A Tribute To The Elders, honoring elders in the community who are making a difference. Those three people are William D. Payne, Assemblyman Payne is a member of the NJ Assembly, 29th district since has served on the New Jersey Criminal Disposition Commission since 2004. Joan Whitlow who was the first black woman hired as a full-time reporter at The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper and presently serving as acting chairperson of, the Newark NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACTSO) is a competition for students in the ninth through 12th grades and Katunge “Mama” Mimy who is an educator, counselor, performer of African folklore and dance, and consultant in African American history. Ticket for these performances are available at

2016 marks 50 years of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa starts on December 26 and lasts for seven days, one for each of the Nguzo Saba ("seven principles" in Swahili). Kwanzaa is a celebration of community, family and culture.

Kwanzaa Artisan Marketplace

Thursday, Dec 15th - Saturday, Dec 17th

The holidays are coming! Take care of all of your gift-giving needs when NJPAC’s Prudential Hall Lobby is transformed into a community marketplace.

FREE Kwanzaa Children's Festival

Saturday, Dec 17th at 12 Noon - 5pm

NJPAC Center for Arts Education
24 Rector Street, Newark

Enjoy hands-on activities that share and educate all about the true meaning of Kwanzaa. No charge for admission! Children of all ages will learn West African Dance, Afro Cuban Drumming, many arts and craft activities include mask making and rain sticks. There will also be a face painter on-hand. This event is for families. All ages are welcomed!

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with special guest Les Nubians

Saturday, December 17 at 2pm and 8pm

Victoria Theater

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the daringly theatrical Forces of Nature Dance Theatre leads Kwanzaa festivities with special guest Les Nubians, an Afro-French jazz vocal duo. The 2pm performance will include A Tribute To The Elders, Celebrating: William D. Payne, Joan Whitlow and Katunge “Mama” Mimy.

Forces of Nature combine elements of modern dance, West African movement, ballet, hip-hop, and even martial arts. Visually inventive and creatively brilliant, these multi-ethnic dancers and drummers perform one-of-a-kind programs that are “sizzling … nothing short of sensational,” says The Washington Post.

Friday, December 09, 2016



"Ben Rauch & Gaby Gold Pen Instant Classic Holiday Song: JERSEY CHRISTMAS"

JERSEY CHRISTMAS is the latest holiday hit song to joyfully fill the broadcasts of radio rotations throughout the tri-state area.

The tune is a hilarious and affectionately written satire written in tribute to the uniquely "Jersey" experience of holiday cheer.

JERSEY CHRISTMAS fans have enthusiastically received the song - which has been heavily streamed across all digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play and Spotify, and is a frequent call-in request to radio stations throughout New Jersey. Hollywood luminaries have driven awareness for JERSEY CHRISTMAS as well: The Big Bang Theory stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, have both shared support for the song over their respective social media channels.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012



The Saturdays

Everyone enjoys the holidays for the family traditions, the changing weather, the gift-giving, but let’s be real, we all know everyone loves a good holiday party. So how do we enjoy the festive foods and bubbly drinks sans guilt? Take a look at the UK’s hottest girl group and stars of E!’s Chasing The Saturdays, Una, Rochelle, Mollie, Frankie and Vanessa’s low-cal, super festive cocktail concoctions.

With 11 top ten singles and three Top Ten albums, these girls are certainly doing something right. You can trust that Frankie’s Peppermint Cosmo is a low-cal must!

The Saturdays debut American performance was held October 30th at The Roxy in Los Angeles. Don’t forget to catch the premiere of Chasing The Saturdays on E! January 20th at 10 p.m. and follow @TheSaturdaysTV to find out what they’re up to this holiday season!

Peppermint Cosmo

Frankie’s Peppermint Cosmo

1 Cup pomegranate juice
Juice of 1 lime
4 oz Vodka
¼ Teaspoon peppermint extract
8 Mini candy canes
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Calories: 70

Winter Wonderland

Una’s Winter Wonderland

2 oz Espresso Vanilla Vodka

½ Bailey’s

Chocolate shavings (for rim)

Calories: 150

Vanessa’s Blushing Berry

1 ½ oz Lemon vodka

¼ oz Raspberry liqueur

2 oz Diet cranberry juice

Top with club soda

Calories: 135

Rochelle’s Spiked Cider

4 Cups apple cider

1 Cinnamon Stick

5 Whole cloves

½ cup Apple brandy

2 Tablespoons cinnamon schnapps

Calories: 143

Mollie’s Special Egg Nog

1 ¾ Cups unsweetened almond milk

1/3 Cup of egg beaters

1 Tablespoon of sugar

½ Teaspoon of brown sugar

½ Teaspoon of vanilla

Calories: 83

Photos Courtesy of: The Saturdays