Showing posts with label JEAN SHAFIROFF. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JEAN SHAFIROFF. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 06, 2018


Jean Shafiroff At Ballet

Jean Shafiroff Sparkles at the American Ballet Theater Gala in New York City Wearing Oscar de la Renta.

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hit a high note at the American Ballet Theater Gala recently when she made her entrance in a striking silk and sequin Oscar de la Renta ballgown. The fashion icon's choice of gown was particularly fresh and dazzling. The sequin letters on the ballgown spell out the designer's name, OSCAR. The gown is a celebrity favorite of the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2018 collection.

The American Ballet Theater Gala, always a favorite of both celebrities and New York's elite, was held at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. This year's Spring Gala featured the World Premiere of AFTERITE by Wayne McGregor, a piece d'occasion by Michelle Dorrance, and excerpts from Harlewquinade by Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky.

Founded in 1939, the American Ballet Theater is considered to be one of the finest ballet companies in the world. For more information on the American Ballet Theater, log onto

Photo Courtesy Of: BFA Photography

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff Striking in a Spectacular Blue Ballgown at the El Museo del Barrio Gala in New York City.

Once again the celebrity philanthropist Jean Shafiroff stunned the crowd at the El Museo del Barrio Gala. For this year's El Museo Gala held at the Plaza Hotel recently.  Ms. Shafiroff wore a couture gown by the designer Victor dE Souza. Her blue and green gown was hand embroidered and resembled a flower about to bloom. Jean Shafiroff attended the Gala with the designer Victor dE Souza.

Jean Shafiroff With Victor De Souza

Founded in 1969, El Museo del Barrio specializes in Latin American and Caribbean art, with an emphasis on works from Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community in New York City. El Museo del Barrio, often known simply as El Museo (the museum) is a museum located towards the northern end in the neighborhood of Museum Mile, immediately north of the Museum of the City of New York and south of the future Museum for African Art. For. more information go to

Photos Courtesy Of: BFA / El Museo 

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Her love of giving knows no bounds.
Those are the first seven words in the-
know New Yorkers would use to
describe philanthropist Jean Shafiroff.
As Elise McCabe Thompson, president
of the New York Mission Society
notes, “When it comes to giving, Jean
Shafiroff leads the pack.”

Jean Shafiroff In Fashion Mannuscript

Jean Shafiroff not only sits on the board of the New York Mission
Society, but seven other organizations as well, an impressive
number given the commitment each one takes. From the
New York Women’s Foundation to the French Heritage
Society the presidents, chairmen, and CEOs of these
organizations echo McCabe Thompson’s sentiment. Of
Shafiroff, Ana Oliveira, president and CEO of the The New
York Women’s Foundation powerfully proclaims, “She sets
forth a path for philanthropists, new and old, to reflect on
their values and discover their own philanthropic identity.”
Elizabeth F. Stribling, chairman of the French Heritage Society,
agrees: “Jean epitomizes the values of a true philanthropist;
she is generous, caring, concerned, and determined.”
In a city as competitive as New York, words of flattery do not
often abound to this degree. Yet, for Shafiroff they do, and
for good reason.

To understand Shafiroff as a philanthropist, it is first essential
to understand her as a woman. She not only raises a
significant amount of money annually as a spokesperson and
gala visionary for the charitable causes in which she believes,
but she herself gives generously as well. It may appear a
nuance, but it is far from it. Shafiroff walks the walk. Sure,
she makes monetary donations buying tables, hosting parties
at the homes she shares with her husband Martin, and raising
funds at a tireless clip, but she volunteers her time and
knowledge as well as writing checks. That is the point of
differentiation that sets Shafiroff apart from her counterparts.

She holds two degrees from Columbia University, an MBA,
which gives her financial knowledge, and an undergraduate
degree in physical therapy that explains her deep compassion.
Hence, the words ‘time’ and ‘knowledge’ that she always
returns to. She has both. As she passionately says, “We were
put here on this earth to learn, to grow, and to give. We
must make opportunities available to people so that we can
improve their future.”

Shafiroff channeled this passion into a highly acclaimed book
on the art of giving, which fits perfectly into a chic day bag. In
Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give,
Shafiroff empowers emerging and existing philanthropists to
build a better world. It is a guidebook not only on how to give,
but how to give greatly with our hearts and with our wallets.
She shares her experiences and challenges with finding the time
to do so and why it is imperative. “Giving energizes us and
those around us. Sometimes it feels like there are not enough
hours in the day. How could we possibly find the energy to
volunteer when we barely have enough time for ourselves,
families, and friends?” She goes on, “There is nothing more
gratifying than the feeling of helping someone else. It elevates
us out of our own concerns and takes us to a place where we
feel a profound connection to the value of life.”

The book takes the experiences Shafiroff herself has with sitting
on the boards of the New York City Mission Society, the New
York Women’s Foundation, the French Heritage Society, and
others, and serving as an ambassador for the American Humane
Society and the Southampton Animal Shelter, which allows
her to raise awareness. Shafiroff believes wholeheartedly that
we reach self-fulfillment and find the meaning of life through
the art of giving. And several nonprofits agree with with her
enlightenment, as she has been honored by the American Heart
Association and the American Cancer Society, among others.

There is nothing more gratifying than the
feeling of helping someone else. It elevates
us out of our own concerns and takes us to a
place where we feel a profound connection
to the value of life -- Jean Shafiroff

From countless cover stories to full-length features on Shafiroff’s
philanthropic activity, there is always one thing to note other than
her sheer generosity: she always looks absolutely wonderful!
Her dresses, jewelry, hair, and makeup are perfection. Her
calendar is filled to the brim with benefits, galas, and cocktail
parties, which even the most social of New Yorkers would
find slightly overwhelming. But she hits the mark, every time.
It would be extraordinarily difficult to argue that she is not one
of the most fashionable in the philanthropy world. Shafiroff
is a patron of some of the world’s most coveted designers,
from Chanel to Gucci and Carolina Herrera to Zac Posen.
She also has an impressive collection from the late Oscar
de la Renta and continues to buy from the house today. Just
the other evening she wore a metallic tangerine strapless
cocktail dress to host the Surgeon’s of Hope Annual Gala
Kickoff party at her home. She has previously been honored
by the organization and continues to support their work
sending heart surgeons to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Paraguay,
and Panama to perform heart surgery on children that might
otherwise not live.

For Shafiroff, it always returns to passion and philanthropy.
Her adoration of fashion has earned her a coveted seat on the
board of the Couture Council at the Museum of the Fashion
Institute of Technology. She supports emerging designers and
donates her pieces to be put on view for their students. And
she proudly delights in it. The art of understanding fashion
is powerful and her profile is only on the rise because of it.
As she tours the country being a guest speaker on TV and
radio shows promoting her book and her causes—which
include women’s rights, racial equality, animal welfare, and
bringing both help and awareness to underserved children —
she looks to expand her philanthropic footprint globally. And
she is smartly using the platform of social media to do so.
Shafiroff’s Instagram is a magical mix—a taste of it all—from
getting fitted for a custom B Michael gown to visiting dogs and
cats at the Southampton Animal Shelter and promoting the
message of #adoptdontshop.

With Shafiroff one thing is clear: There is integrity in all that
she does and a deep love of the work she was put here on
earth to do. “As a philanthropist, you write your own story of
giving that unfolds over a lifetime,” she notes. “Philanthropy
benefits others around us and expands our life experiences.
Any and all efforts we make to look past our own lives, to
meet the struggles that other people face head-on, and to do
what we can to make the world a better place broadens our
perspectives and gives us a new appreciation for the power
we have to change things.”

As we all consider ways to contribute to the world today,
Shafiroff is a shining example of the myriad of ways in which
we can do so.

Jean Shafiroff  @

Jean Shafiroff In Fashion Mannuscript Reprinted With Permission

Wednesday, May 23, 2018




Stunning Jean Shafiroff

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its fifth annual “Collaborating for a Cure Luncheon” at the private Upper East Side residence of Susan Gutfreund in New York City. The event featured a fashion presentation from Fashion Icon Jason Wu, whose collection was showcased before a private audience, with all event proceeds benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

 Sharon Bush With Patricia Kluge

Susan Gutfreund With Marion Waxman And Pamela Morgan

Marjorie Baldinger With Chris Arlotta

Event Chairs included Pamela Morgan, and Marion Waxman, and Co-Chair Erica Linden-Fineberg. The Event Committee included Chris Arlotta, Sharon Bush, Maria Elena Christiansen, Denise De Luca, Boo Grace, Susan Gutfreund, Yaz Hernandez, Patricia Kluge, Jeanne Lawrence, Lauren Day Roberts, Barbara Tober, Marcy Whitman, and Karen Amster-Young.

Dr.Samuel Waxman

Patricia Kluge And Michele Herbert

Don Lemon
Notable attendees included  Marion Waxman, Samuel Waxman M.D., Jean Shafiroff, Erica Linden-Fineberg, William T. Sullivan, Maria Fishel, Don Lemon, Pamela Morgan, Michelle Herbert, Vicky Tiel, Carolyne Roehm, Regina Kravitz, Susan Rose, Hyewon Miller, Barbara Regna, Diane Chudnoff, Chris Arlotta, Harriet Gayle Raisin, Gail Prop, Barbara Tober, Chris Arlotta, Caroline Lieberman, Gale Sitomer,  Ingeborg Rennert, Lauren Day Roberts, Maria Elena Christiansen, Dr. Penny Grant, Marjorie Baldinger, Marlene Brown, Marcia Levine, Randi Schatz, Roy Fischer, Valerie Lettan, Yaz Hernandez, Nicole Salmasi, Nadia Eshaghpour, Maribel Lieberman, Laury Franks, Patricia Kluge, and David Salvatore.

Over 125 guests attended this sold out and best attended event. Dr. Samuel Waxman pointed out events such as the Luncheon are directed to cancer research. The newest initiative for the Foundation is addressing the growing incidence of cancer among people as they age by launching a funding program that supports teams of researchers with expertise in aging and cancer.

The elegant luncheon was catered by CxRA an awe-inspiring restaurant group dedicated to transforming each meal into a cherished memory, sparking a crave to return. white wine and special gin cocktail were donated by Palm Bay International, finishing off with specialty cupcakes by renowned Magnolia Bakery.

Friday, May 18, 2018



Jean Shafiroff With Victor dE Souza

Fashion icon Jean Shafiroff along with designer Victor de Souza looked stunning at the Surgeons Of Hope Gala. The event raised over 300 thousand to support lifesaving programs in Latin America. 

153 guests attended the gala dinner and charity auction to benefit surgeons of hope (SOH) and to honor the memory of Michel Berty, one of the most influential board members of the Foundation.

Jean Shafiroff & Charles-Edouard Catherine

The Gala began with a video tribute to Michel Berty, who passed away
in February. The evening also included comments from SoH’s President Dr. Da Cruz; SoH’s Board Member Michel Longchampt; SoH’s Executive Director Charles-Edouard Catherine; graceful transitions by our emcee and CNN Entertainment Reporter Chloe Melas, and a Live auction led by Christina Williams from Sotheby’s.

The beautiful salon of le Bernardin Prive brightened the evening for
our guests, who were welcomed with champagne donated by Mario Rinaldi. A four-course meal by Chef Eric Ripert followed, each course paired with wine donated by Acker Wine to accentuate one’s dining experience. Witty and charming bidding during the live auction rewarded several guests with vacations to Panama and the South of France, including business-class tickets donated by Air France; a lithograph by Joan Miro and exceptional wine packages.

Organizing an event such as this one wouldn’t be possible without the
key contribution of our Gala committee and the great work of our
staff. Thank you all for making this possible!

A special thank you to: Acker Wine, Air France, Publicis Health,
l'Oreal, Jean-Pierre & Michele Altier, Karine Anidjar, Orly Beigel,
Patricia Cartin, Paul Chaffard, David and Tal Chitayat, Yann
Coatanlem, Jules Coulaud, Arnaud de Vienne, Donald and Ana-Clemencia Fox, Adeline Granerau, Wilfrid Groizard, Thierry Huck, Andre and Kathleen Istel, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Michael and Allison Katz, Michel and Odile Longchampt, Daniela Nikolova, Judith O'Neill, Robert and Pascale Pine, Fred and Nancy Poses, Matthieu Salvignol, Sophie Schyler, Dr. Michael and Mary Ushay and David and Jane Walentas.

Photos Courtesy Of: Surgeons Of Hope

Sunday, May 13, 2018



Photographs By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff @ NYC Ballet

Jean Shafiroff With Victor dE Souza

Spotted - Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was spotted at the May 3, 2018 NYC Ballet Gala wearing a striking couture gown by fashion designer Victor dE Souza. The glamorous New York society woman and philanthropist who is known for her striking collection of ball gowns, never seems to

Jean Shafiroff With Mikhail Baryshnikov

 For the NYC Ballet Gala Mrs. Shafiroff wore a pleated couture gown
with matching opera length gloves. Both the gown and gloves were
encrusted with subtle sequins and fashion jewels. Mrs. Shafiroff , a
true crowd-pleaser for her looks and sweet personality, was seen
chatting with the Russian ballet star, Mikhail Baryshnikov. Mr.
Baryshnikov is considered to be one of the great ballet dancers in

For more information on NYC Ballet go to

Wednesday, May 09, 2018


Jean Shafiroff With Lauren Vernon & Michele Herbert

The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted a highly successful 23rd Annual Spring Celebration Benefit  at the Clement Restaurant recently at The Peninsula New York in New York City. 2018 marks the 5th Annual Spring Benefit hosted by the Peninsula Hotel and NYCC is proud of the collaborative relationship built with the hotel since 2009.

Notable Guests included; Jean Shafiroff, Glenn Askin, Marilyn & Richard Berger, Jonathan Crook, Christine Crowther, Marty Foont, Michael F. Gala, Vincent & Robert Gardino, Edward Greenblatt, Katherine Grimm, Jason Harrell, Michele Herbert, Juliet Herzberg, Betsy Hoover, Adam Kudelka, Isabel MarÇal, Sarah McNamara, Daniel A. Nigro, Jean O'Shea, Meghan Pardi, Betty Pierre, Christine Rales, Marlene Sandler, Swati Sawjiany, Linda Schoenthaler, Sybil Shainwald, Julissa Taveras, Debra & Bill Toppeta, Lauren Vernon, Nancy Vick, and Maggie Wolk.

This year, the NYCC celebrated more than 23 years of helping the most vulnerable children achieve their full potential. The benefit, which coincided with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, helped to raise funds for the Center’s work in healing, prevention and education. This year’s event featured a “Lift Me Up” theme, which reflected the organization’s aim to bring about hope and help children achieve their dreams. The benefit featured live music by Award Winning Eco-Music Ensemble Englewinds, and a silent auction featuring coveted travel offers, fine dining, tickets to cultural performances, high end fashion accessories and more.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff In Style

NEW YORK NY --  A NYC Kentucky Derby viewing party for the 145th "Run for the Roses" was hosted by Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff with mint juleps flowing, food tastings, a fancy hat contest and derby chic outfits, The event is held at Sojourn Restaurant in Manhattan.

Jean Shafiroff With Sammy Musovic & Rebecca Seawright

The Kentucky Derby is known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In
Sports." The first Kentucky Derby race took place in 1875. Last
year, 167,227 fans attended the Derby with millions from around the
world watching on television.

Jean Shafiroff And Dottie Herman

Those in attendance included Jean Shafiroff , Dottie Herman, Sammy
Musovic (owner of Sojourn) , NY State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Melissa Rehberger (NBC News ), Cheryl Casone (Anchor Fox News), Flo Anthony, Liz Bernard, Natalie Ross, Tony Bowles, and Todd Shapiro.

Monday, May 07, 2018


Annual Awards Ceremony Honored Eight Outstanding Women

Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff With Rebecca Seawright

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Democrat Representative from the Upper East Side, hosted her Third Annual Women’s Leadership Awards, honoring eight women whose activism and contributions to society have put women, and all New Yorkers, on a better path to get ahead, including philanthropist Jean Shafiroff who donated a copy of her book, Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give to all the attendees.

“We have chosen to recognize the women of today who are speaking up” Assembly Member Seawright said. “They work hard to put our communities on a better path every day and inspire others to do the same. From fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment and increased diversity in the workforce, advocating for affordable housing opportunities and more women leadership in elected office, and using their skills and expertise to bring the causes and organizations they support to the next level. These women have done it all.”

“I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of my fellow honorees,” Jean Shafiroff said. “Your leadership and generosity has truly made a difference in the lives you’ve touched. You demonstrate genuine leadership and philanthropy by turning your passion into action and give time, contributions, knowledge, and resources to the causes you care deeply about. I hope these awards challenge others to follow your lead and commit to true philanthropy to help us make the world a better place.”

This year, Assembly Member Seawright was proud to honor Marcy Syms, Founding Trustee and President of the Sy Syms Foundation and Chair of the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality, with the Carolyn Maloney Leadership Award. Each year, this award is presented to a woman who has been a leader in the community, demonstrates a strong concern for others and is a champion for women and women’s rights.

“As a leader of the ERA Coalition, it has been important to me to elect women candidates who believe in getting women recognized in the Constitution,” said Marcy Syms. “Carolyn Maloney has been our champion and role model for years and it is delightful to see Rebecca Seawright championing this issue and recognizing the contributions of other women leaders at this important awards ceremony.”

The evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies was Claire Buffie, a photographer, creative marketing strategist, and strong LGBTQ rights activist. In 2010, Claire represented New York State as Miss New York in the Miss America pageant and was the first contestant to champion a gay-rights platform. She traveled throughout the state, speaking to schools on behalf of PFLAG NYC, and partnered with Marriage Equality New York, and Empire State Pride Agenda, where she was the recipient of the Douglas W. Jones Leadership Award for her fight for the eventual passage of marriage equality.

Seven women were awarded the 2018 Women Leadership Awards and the event included a panel discussion between awardees moderated by Judith Kasen-Windsor, 2017 award winner, top financial advisor, and LGBTQ activist and philanthropist. 2018 Award winners included:

Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist and Author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What you Give

Rena Andoh, Esq., Partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLC

Doryne Isley, Portfolio Manager, Urban America

Tiffany Raspberry, President, York Group Associates

Marcia Dickstein Sudolsky, Founder and President, MDS Consulting and Tri-State Maxed Out Women

Dr. Kerry Walk, President, Marymount Manhattan College

Susan Warren, Philanthropist and Civic Leader

The Annual Women’s Leadership Awards was created in 2016 by Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright as a way to honor women who are role models in our community with their leadership, determination and resolve. The award winners are selected by the Friends of Rebecca Seawright Committee and must demonstrate a commitment to tackling pressing issues affecting our city and state, such as affordable housing, women’s equality, higher education, children in need and the representation of women in government. All awardees are inspirations to the community, the city and the State of New York.


Jean Shafiroff In Fashion With B. Michael

Jean Shafiroff looking fabulous at the Central Park Conservancy
Luncheon on May 2, 2018

For a third year in a row, fashion icon Jean Shafiroff wore a B.
Michael couture creation to the Central Park Conservancy's "Hat"
Luncheon. This year the pretty philanthropist wore a striking green
floral couture dress and hat . When the designer B. Michael was
interviewed he explained that his inspiration for the dress was a
visit to the Monet gardens in France. "I wanted to create a dress for
Jean Shafiroff that would be similar to a beautiful green garden."
B. Michael went on to explain how he deliberately created a very
simple hat of polka dot green tulle. "To overwhelm the look with a
garish hat was not what I had in mind, and so Jean and I decided to
keep the hat very simple."

Jean Shafiroff then paired the dress and hat with a flowered hand bag
from her own vintage collection. To continue with the green theme she
wore green Christian Louboutin pumps and vintage green earrings.
The Women;s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy held a "sold
out" luncheon for 1200 women that raised in excess of $4.0 million.

Always a favorite of both the social set and celebrities, alike, the
luncheon ( otherwise know as the "hat luncheon" ) is one of the most
sought after events of the season. For more information on Central
Park Conservancy go to

Photo Courtesy Of: Owen Hoffman For Patrick McMullan And Getty Images

Thursday, May 03, 2018


The Jewish Board Of Family And Children’s Services 2018 Spring Gala Honors Alice Tisch And Stephanie Bernheim
Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff And Martin Shafiroff

New York, NY - At its 29th annual spring gala, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (The Jewish Board) honored Alice Tisch, outgoing president, and Stephanie Bernheim, long-standing Trustee of the organization. The event, which took place on Thursday, April 26 at the Plaza Hotel, attracted more than 350 guests and raised $1.5 million for the programs of The Jewish Board, which serves more than 45,000 New Yorkers of all faiths, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds each year.

Alice Tisch And Jonathan Tisch

Ann Tisch And Alice Tisch

“We’re tremendously grateful for the tireless efforts of Alice Tisch and Stephanie Bernheim on behalf of The Jewish Board,” said David Rivel, CEO of The Jewish Board. “Both Alice and Stephanie have been passionate promoters of access to quality mental and behavioral health services, and we look forward to their work for many years to come.”

John A. Herrmann, Jr. and Jenny Lyss presented the honorees with their awards.

Alice Tisch received the Saul Cohen Leadership Award for both her tenure as President of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Board and fifteen years as a board member. She has dedicated her professional life to philanthropy and service in the arts, health and social services, and education. She also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Museum of Modern Art where she also chairs of the museum's Acquisitions Department of Architecture & Design; She serves as trustee of the NYU Langone Health, and has led their pediatrics initiative, KiDS of NYU, for over twenty years.

Jean Shafiroff With Stephanie Bernheim

Jean Shafiroff With Natalie Ross And Flo Anthony

Stephanie Bernheim received the Madeleine Borg Lifetime Service Award, for her service as a trustee for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services for almost twenty years. She is a member of the agency’s Executive Committee, the trustee representative on the monthly Incident Review Committee, and a member of the Corporate Compliance, Government Relations and Adult Residential committees. An artist, Ms. Bernheim’s work has been exhibited and collected in galleries and museums including P.S.1 Museum in Long Island City, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Princeton Museum, and A.I.R. Gallery, where she founded the A.I.R. Fellowship Program for emerging and underrepresented women artists.

Sheri Gellman With Lisa Wilks And Erica Tishman

Linda Mirels With Jeff Schoenfeld And John A. Hermann Jr.

The Saul Cohen Leadership award is named for a former president of The Jewish Board. Better known as Bud Cohen, his vision and dynamism led to the merger of the Jewish Board of Guardians with Jewish Family Service, creating the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

The Madeleine Borg Lifetime Service Award is named for Madeleine Borg, a lifelong advocate for children and for greater access to mental health services. From 1942 to 1952 Ms. Borg served as President of what became The Jewish Board. She was an early organizer and leader of the Jewish Federation and the founder of America’s Big Sister movement.

Benefit Chairs

Jean and Martin Shafiroff

Rachel and Charles Bernheim

Leslie May Blauner and Andrew Blauner

Bloomberg Philanthropies


Cindy and David Edelson

Michael A. Epstein

Carol and Steven Fasman

Harriet Gruber

John A Herrmann, Jr.

Shelley Holm and Dr. Paul Hammerschlag

Karen and Jay Kasner

Lynn Korda Kroll

Lesley and Norman Leben

Fran and Jack Levy

Laurie Lindenbaum and Bob Horne

Jennifer and Marc Lipschultz

Jenny and Greg Lyss

Sally and Anthony Mann

Lori and David Moore

Kate and Brad Peck

Becky Diamond and Jamie Stecher

Emily and Steven Steinman

Amy Stursberg

Thomas Tisch

Jean and Ray Troubh

Dr. Ralph Wharton

About The Jewish Board:

For more than 140 years, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (The Jewish Board) has been helping New Yorkers realize their potential and live as independently as possible. We promote resilience and recovery by addressing all aspects of an individual’s life, including mental and physical health, family, employment and education. Across the five boroughs and in Westchester, we serve more than 43,000 New Yorkers from all religious, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds each year. For more information, please visit

Jean And Martin Shafiroff Photos Courtesy Of: Rose Billings

Photos Courtesy Of: Jewish Board / "Laura Massa, Laura Massa / Michael Priest Photography 2018"

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Champions for Children Gala

Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff With Martin Shafiroff

New York, N.Y.  -- The New York City Mission Society held its annual Champions for Children Gala on This week to support educational programs and supportive services that help youth and families in New York City’s underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. This year’s Gala Co-Chairs were Katrina & Don Peebles, Leah & Stanley H. Rumbough, and Jean & Martin Shafiroff.

Michele Herbert And Lucia Hwong Gordon

The Gala, attended by more than 330 people, was held at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle overlooking Central Park, and featured music, dance, and a program including awards presentations.

B Michael And Valerie Simpson

Elsie McCabe Thompson With Anthony Marx

Laurance Kaiser & Margo Langenberg
Legendary Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Urban One, Inc. (which includes TV One and Radio One), received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her myriad, trailblazing accomplishments in media, and Mannie Jackson, 2017 Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and President, Mannie Jackson for the Humanities Foundation, received the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award, named after the longtime actor and philanthropist whose family has supported the Mission Society for generations.

Other awards were presented to: LTC Francis W. Kairson, Jr., Ret., Director Emeritus, of the Mission Society; BNY Mellon; and, International Flavors & Fragrances.

“We are celebrating those who have been committed to empowering others to achieve their dreams,” said Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. They embody a profound commitment to make the world a better place, one full of promise and of opportunity, particularly for our younger generations.”

Natalie Ross And Eric Ross

WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, a longtime supporter of the Mission Society, emceed the event, C. Hugh Hildesley, Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s, served as auctioneer, and Alex Donner and his Orchestra and students from Mission’ Society’s free afterschool GRIOT music program performed.

Reflecting on the Mission Society’s storied history, Ms. McCabe Thompson spoke about the organization’s increased focus on education through initiatives such as Learning to Work, the free afterschool music program GRIOT, and the summer and afterschool program, Power Academy, and its plans to provide even more opportunities in the future.

“From our earliest days, we have provided access to services. We have created programs that have benefited people who needed a chance, but who didn’t always see a light at the end of their tunnel,” she said. “For 206 years we have opened doors, we have changed lived, and we have brought out the best in those we served - - individuals who had ability, but often came to us without the skills or self-confidence to realize their full potential.

Gala Champions were: International Flavors & Fragrances; Katrina & Don Peebles; Leah & Stanley Rumbough; and Jean & Martin Shafiroff. Visionaries are: BNY Mellon; Fiona & Stanley Druckenmiller; and, Yemi & Patrick Vatel. Advocates are: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’ MacFarlane Partners; and, Stifel Financial Corporation.

Among the notable attendees at the event were: Jean & Martin Shafiroff, Don & Katrina Peebles, Amelia Ogunlesi, Yemi & Patrick Vatel, b. Michael, Valerie Simpson, Elsie McCabe Thompson, William Thompson, Cathy Hughes, Mannie Jackson, Victor DeSouza, Randi Schatz, Tanja Dreiding Wallace, Anthony Marx, Michele Herbert, Lucia Hwong Gordon.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Best Friends Animal Society Gala In NYC

Jean Shafiroff With Amanda Seyfried & Gregory Castle

Spotted: Society philanthropist Jean Shafiroff with actress Amanda Seyfied at Best Friends Animal Society Gala in NYC.

Actress and spokesperson Amanda Seyfried was spotted chatting away with society philanthropist and New York power woman Jean Shafiroff at The Best Friend’s Gala at Gustavino’s in NYC recently. Both women share a great love of animals. With them was Gregory Castle, the founder of Best Friends Animal Society.

Best Friends Animal Society wants to end the euthanizing of all animals in the nation’s animal shelters by 2025. For more information on Best Friends go to