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Wednesday, October 17, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff With Ted Bunch And Rebecca Seawright

Tarana Burke And Alyssa Milano

Margarita Guzman
New York, NY – The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) celebrated the anniversary of the Me Too Movement on Monday, October 15 at its annual Radical Generosity Gala honoring actress and activist Alyssa Milano and Sony/ATV recording artists and songwriters Haley & Michaels. Tarana Burke, Founder and Leader of the ‘me too.’ Movement presented their awards. Also recognized for their leadership and contributions to empowering women were Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and the co-founders of media company Level Forward, Abigail E. Disney, Adrienne Becker, Rachel Gould, and Angie G. Wang.

Approximately 300 guests attended the annual event at The Plaza, which was co-chaired by Jean Shafiroff and Lola C. West and raised funds to support The Foundation’s work investing in women’s leadership and bold, community-led solutions to create an equitable and just future for women and families.

Jean Shafiroff With Tarana Burke And Lola West

Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of The Foundation, said, “The 2018 Radical Generosity honorees have distinguished themselves in their respective careers as fighters for social justice. We celebrate them for their courage, commitment, conscience and passion, for not accepting the status quo, and for envisioning what could be. Their words and actions have moved us closer to a more equitable world for women, girls and their communities in need. I thank them for their contributions, and also our gala co-chairs Jean Shafiroff and Lola C. West, whose generosity and tireless work on behalf of The New York Women’s Foundation makes our philanthropy possible.”

Actress and activist Alyssa Milano uses her voice and influence to advocate for social justice, fairness and equality. A driving force behind the viral movement of women fighting against sexual harassment and assault, she helped propel the spread of the #metoo hashtag. In addition, Ms. Milano is one of the founders of NoRA, a coalition dedicated to combating the NRA money in political campaigns, is on the national advisory board of the ERA Coalition, and has been a UNICEF National Ambassador for the last 15 years.

Tarana Burke With Jean Shafiroff And Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano With Tarana Burke And Ana Oliveira

Nashville-based country duo Haley & Michaels, Sony/ATV recording artists and songwriters, pledged support of the #metoo movement with their heartfelt song, “Me Too,” assuring women and men everywhere that they’re not alone, which they performed at the gala. Collaborating with Tarana Burke, the song was featured in TIME and took them to #1 on County Music Television (CMT) for two weeks in 2017.

Dr. Mary Bassett

With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, has dedicated her career to advancing health equity in New York and abroad. Prior to her current role, Dr. Basset served as Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene for New York City and served previously as its Deputy Commissioner of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, where she worked to address inequities and the persistent racial gaps in health outcomes for New Yorkers and to make health and social services more accessible to underinvested communities. She also served as Associate Director of Health Equity at the Rockefeller Foundation’s South Africa office.

The media company Level Forward, formed by philanthropist and filmmaker Abigail Disney and Killer Content Inc.’s co-founders Adrienne Becker, Rachel Gould, and Angie G. Wang, aims to support projects that are driven by women and persons of color. The founders are committed to innovation and inclusion throughout all creative and business processes. In early 2018, Level Forward was one of the women-led organizations that bid to purchase Weinstein Co. after the company went bankrupt due to sexual assault and harassment allegations against co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

Shannon Haley-Michaels And Ryan Michaels

Notable guests at the 2018 Radical Generosity gala included Kwanza R. Butler, Co-Chair of The Foundation’s Board of Directors; Ted Bunch, Co-Founder of A Call To Men; Anne Delaney, Founder of the Starry Night Fund; Lilliam Barrios-Paoli Ph.D., Sr. Advisor to the President of Hunter College and Former Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services; Margarita Guzmán, Executive Director of Violence Intervention Program; Grainne McNamara, U.S. Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers; Mari Malek, model, actor and Founder of Stand for Education; Jillian Mercado, American fashion model and advocate for people with disabilities; Ashley Ford, writer and host of Brooklyn-based news & culture TV show 112BK; U.S. Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney; NYS Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright; NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal; and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the first grant recipients of the Fund to Support the Me Too Movement and Allies by Ms. Oliveira. A total of $840,000 was awarded to eight community-based organizations from around the country working to end sexual violence, promote the healing of survivors, and uplift their leadership. The fund was launched in May at The Foundation’s Celebrating Women® Breakfast, where Ms. Burke was honored for her work as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence.

About The New York Women’s Foundation

Since 1987, The New York Women’s Foundation has advanced a dynamic philanthropic strategy based on the fundamental reality that, when women thrive, their families and communities also thrive. The Foundation’s grantmaking places it at the top of public women’s foundations in the United States, and in the top two in the world. We invest in women-led, community-based solutions that promote the economic security, safety, and health of the most vulnerable women in New York City. We foster women’s leadership, create partnerships that spark catalytic change, exchange insights with experts across sectors, and empower women by training them in activism and philanthropy to accelerate and sustain forward progress. Visit to learn more about our work to transform lives, families, and communities – and create a better New York City for all.

Monday, October 15, 2018


Jean Shafiroff At Met Gala

Society' fashion icon Jean Shafiroff was spotted at the MET Opera Gala chatting with friend Don Lemon of CNN. The two seemed to be enjoying the production of Samson et Dalila at the Opening Night Gala. 

Jean Shafiroff With Don Lemon

Jean And Martin Shafiroff

Shafiroff was seen wearing a striking Oscar de la Renta ballgown from the Fall 2018 collection. The Metropolitan Opera is the largest classical music organization in North America. It presents about 27 different operas each year in a season which lasts from late September through May. The operas are presented in a rotating repertory schedule with up to seven performances of four different works staged each week. For ticket purchase and more information on the MET Opera Gala go to

Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Friday, October 12, 2018


Jean Shafiroff

Sutton Foster And Erin Walker

Ramona Singer With Luann de Lesseps, Tinsley Mortimer,
Yolanda Hadid, And Dorinda Medley

Jacqueline Sposito
The Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education and awareness, today announced that its fourth annual New York City Gala raised over $2 million at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The money raised at the event will support the GLA’s mission to advance scientific research leading to a reliable diagnostic test, improved treatment options, and ultimately, find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne disease. Ramona Singer and Erin Walker were honored at the gala while the audience was treated to a show-stopping performance by Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster.

The gala experience was produced by co-chair and celebrated event producer Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, who donated his event planning and design services towards the Global Lyme Alliance’s New York Gala for the fourth consecutive year. Showcasing his unique commitment to philanthropic causes, the spectacular and one-of-a-kind gala was an evening to remember for invited celebrities, business leaders, and top scientists alike.

Yolanda Hadid

The October 11th gala was well-attended by more than 700 supporters at Cipriani 42nd Street and recognized Ramona Singer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and star of Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New York City,” and Erin Walker, mother, equestrian, business owner, and wife of 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker. Ramona has seen the devastating impact of Lyme disease first-hand through close family members and friends, and both Erin and her husband Jimmy are currently battling the disease. Lori Stokes, co-anchor of FOX 5 Good Day New York, hosted the event.

Lori Stokes

Erin and Ramona both addressed the crowd in emotional testimonies of their experiences with Lyme and their dedication to raising awareness for finding a cure for this insidious disease. Jimmy Walker spoke to the crowd by way of video, thanking GLA and congratulating Erin. Global superstar Avril Lavigne recorded a special video message for the crowd, which was shown, announcing that she has officially accepted the invitation to join GLA’s Board of Directors, as well as details of the new strategic partnership between The Avril Lavigne Foundation and GLA. Avril’s new single, “Head Above Water,” is about her personal struggle with Lyme disease.

Larry Scott And Luann de Lesseps

Dorinda Medley & John Mahdessian
Celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events donated the design and décor for the sophisticated celebration. A New York City skyline projection scaling the wall of Cipriani 42nd Street illuminated the room in midnight purple. Each table was set with gold brass teardrop lamps or glass candle centerpieces alongside small potted foliage, and atop glittering gold or black tablecloths. The awe-inspiring gala experience embodied the signature stylings of A Larry Party™, perfectly balancing the highs with the lows and the formal with the relaxed to empathize significant moments. Other evening highlights included a surprise performance by the Big Apple Circus and a menu inspired by Drew Nieporent of Myriad Restaurant Group, with sushi courtesy of Nobu.

Past GLA Gala honoree Yolanda Hadid spoke to guests about her Lyme journey and introduced a short video that illustrates the impact Lyme can have on one’s entire family. The ceremony ended with a very special performance by Tony Award-winning actress and recording artist, Sutton Foster.

The event was also attended by reality stars, Tinsley Mortimer, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Kat Cunning and actor Chris Jones; health and wellness influencers, Amie Valpone, Jacqueline Sposito, Adrienne Nolan, Jordan Younger and freestyle soccer player, Skye Cowie. Fashion Icon Jean Shafiroff was also in attendance.

The Big Apple Circus

The Co-Chairs for the event included celebrity event producer, Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, Joseph Abboud, celebrated menswear designer and author; Charles Balducci, co-founder, Snyder/Balducci Group, Merrill Lynch; Chris Corrinet, senior VP, CBRE; Robert Kobre, vice chairman, Credit Suisse; Jarrod Nadel, chief product development officer, Tailored Brands, Inc.; Drew Nieporent, owner, Myriad Restaurant Group; and Peter Norley, COO, Credit Suisse Securities.

Honorary Event Chairs included Jay McInerney, Jim Miller, Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Mike Schneider, Victor Slezak, and Marisol and Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty.

About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, transmitted through the bite of an infected black-legged tick. The disease has been reported in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. All ages are affected, but children aged 3-14 are most at risk, with 200 new cases every day. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to combating the disease. However, current diagnostics are 55% inaccurate, leading to delayed treatment. If untreated, Lyme disease can become a severely debilitating illness affecting multiple organs, including joints, heart, brain and other parts of the central nervous system. Even when treated early, up to 20% go on to suffer debilitating long-term symptoms that are difficult, if not impossible, to cure.

Everyone is at risk for Lyme disease. Each one of us is just one tick bite away from contracting the disease. Case of Lyme have been reported in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, making it a health crisis with worldwide impact.

About Global Lyme Alliance

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is the leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme disease

through research, education and awareness. GLA has gained national prominence for funding the most urgent and promising research in the field, while expanding education and awareness programs for the general public and physicians. To learn more about GLA’s unrivaled focus on the science of Lyme, check out its inaugural research report here or visit its website at

To learn more about GLA’s unrivaled focus on the science of Lyme, check out its inaugural research report here or visit its website at

About Lawrence Scott Events

Lawrence Scott Gottesman brings unparalleled creativity and imagination to his signature special events. A native New Yorker, Larry started his career in catering before opening one of Long Island’s most successful restaurants, Larry and The Redhead. In 1989, he established Lawrence Scott Events and instantly gained a reputation for his exceptional, one-of-a-kind celebrations. “From the ridiculous to the sublime”, A Larry Party™ brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. While known for his non-stop innovation and ahead-of-the-trends approach, Larry is equally known for his philanthropic efforts. Larry’s commitment to community has spanned decades of support for charitable causes including, Make-A-Wish®, The Feinstein Institute of Medical Research, Live Out loud, Forward Face, City of Hope, and MS, to name a few. Larry’s reputation is that of a generous and charismatic man who considers his employees “family” and treats his clients with adoration and respect. They return to him time and again to celebrate all of life’s important occasions knowing their party will be like no other — and one that they… "will NEVER, EVER forget!"

Platinum Sponsors included Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, Big Apple Circus, Credit Suisse, Nancy and Bob Del Genio, David Nolan Foundation, Tailored Brands, and Withersworldwide.

Photos Courtesy Of: Lawlor Media GP / Getty Images

Tuesday, October 02, 2018


Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff With Sarah Jessica Parker

Fashion icon Jean Shafiroff spotted at NYC Ballet Gala sporting similar gown to Sarah Jessica Parker’s gown .

New York philanthropist and style icon Jean Shafiroff was spotted posing with Sarah Jessica Parker at the New York City Ballet Gala at Lincoln Center recently. Did the two women plan to wear similar dresses? Both women looked pretty in red! Jean Shafiroff wore a couture gown by Victor dE Souza and Sarah Jessica Parker wore a red gown by Giles Couture.

The NYC. Ballet Gala raised in excess of $2.3 million. For more information on NYC Ballet and upcoming events go to

Photos By: Patrick McMullan


Monday, September 24, 2018


Jean Shafiroff With Michael Bloomberg & Robert Chaloner

Spotted : Jean Shafiroff with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital President, Robert Chaloner at the 2018 Hampton Classic Horse Show

Hampton's society queen Jean Shafiroff , Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital President Robert Chaloner all seemed to be having a good time at the 2018 Hampton Classic Horse Show which took place recently. The Hampton Classic is one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States. It is a premier destination for horse people. For more information on the Hampton Classic go to

Photo By: Sean Zanni / Patrick McMullan / Getty Images

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


The New York Women’s Foundation with Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of New American Leaders and Ngozi Okaro, Executive Director of Custom Collaborative Discuss Opportunities to Uplift and Empower Low-Income Women and Immigrants

Photos By: Annie Watt And Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff With New Puppy

Jane Scher With Adele Nino, Lieba Nesis And Katlean de Monchy

Ngozi Okaro With Sayu Bhojwani, Ana Oliveira, Jean Shafiroff,
Rebecca Seawright,Kwanza Butler And Lola West

New York, NY (September 19, 2018) – Approximately 100 notable New Yorkers from across sectors and industries gathered on September 18th at a Cocktail Reception for The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) hosted by author and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, to learn more about New York’s economic inequality, the hardships it inflicts on women and immigrants, and how to become part of the solutions that are changing the status quo.

Lee Fryd With  Dr. Penny Grant & Natalie Ross
Each year, Ms. Shafiroff brings together a diverse group of women leaders to discuss pressing social issues confronted by The Foundation and its grantee partners. This year, Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President of New American Leaders, which prepares first and second-generation Americans to become changemakers by entering politics, and Ngozi Okaro, Executive Director of Custom Collaborative, which trains low-income and immigrant women to launch fashion careers and businesses, spoke about ways their organizations uplift and empower women.

Ngozi okaro And Saya Bhojwani

Ana Oliveira, President & CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation, thanked Ms. Shafiroff and the attendees for their generosity and spoke of The Foundation’s commitment to promoting social and economic justice. She spoke of bringing unity together across all New Yorkers as it takes “all of our expertise and knowledge” to create a city that does not leave anyone behind. She noted that through The Foundation, there is an opportunity to promote justice and invest in women-led, community-based organizations that are agents of change.

Jean Shafiroff And Kwanza R. Butler

Ms. Shafiroff gave an impassioned plea to guests to support the work of The Foundation, noting that in a city that is as resource rich as New York City, that together, we have an opportunity to bring positive change to women and families that need support and resources. She praised The Foundation for its work in helping break the cycle of poverty that devastates communities by helping women, because women are the basis of a family and that it is through them, future generations are empowered.

Jean Shafiroff With Ana Oliveira

Jean Shafiroff And Martin Shafiroff

Guests of Ms. Shafiroff at the invitation-only event, a prelude to The Foundation’s upcoming fall gala on October 15th at The Plaza, included New York’s notables from the worlds of business, nonprofits and philanthropy. Attendees included New York State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Randi Schatz, Natalie Ross, Flo Anthony, Michele Herbert, Lieba Nesis, Heather Shemilt, Lee Fryd, and Dr. Penny Grant.

Michele Herbert And Heather Shemilt

The New York Women’s Foundation’s Radical Generosity Gala will celebrate the anniversary of the Me Too Movement by honoring actress and activist Alyssa Milano and Sony/ATV recording artists and songwriters Haley & Michaels with an award presentation by Tarana Burke, Me Too Movement Founder and Leader. Mary T. Bassett, MD, MPH, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and the Co-Founders of Level Forward, Abigail E. Disney, Adrienne Becker, Rachel Gould, and Angie G. Wang will be honored as well. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit here.

Now in its 31st year, The New York Women’s Foundation is the largest public women’s grantmaking fund in the United States.

About The New York Women’s Foundation

Since 1987, The New York Women’s Foundation has advanced a dynamic philanthropic strategy based on the fundamental reality that, when women thrive, their families and communities also thrive. The Foundation’s grantmaking places it at the top of public women’s foundations in the United States, and in the top two in the world. We invest in women-led, community-based solutions that promote the economic security, safety, and health of the most vulnerable women in New York City. We foster women’s leadership, create partnerships that spark catalytic change, exchange insights with experts across sectors, and empower women by training them in activism and philanthropy to accelerate and sustain forward progress. Visit to learn more about our work to transform lives, families, and communities – and create a better New York City for all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff And Valerie Steele

In collaboration with The Couture Council of The Museum at FIT (MFIT), board member and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Angela Dotson co-chaired a luncheon honoring Narciso Rodriguez with the 2018 Artistry of Fashion Award at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The award ceremony and luncheon raised in excess of $850,000 to benefit The Museum at FIT. The fashion industry’s top editorial voices, visionaries, plus distinguished and aspiring designers were all in attendance at the award ceremony that has, traditionally, welcomed the arrival of the Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week every year.

Ariadna Vera Bustindui With Jean Shafiroff And Leticia Presutti

Jean Shafiroff And Fern Mallis

Ann Rapp
Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Narciso Rodriguez, Dr. Joyce F. Brown, Angela Dotson, Dr. Valerie Steele, Glenda Bailey, Olivia Palermo, Martha Stewart, Ariadna Vera Bustindui, Jessica Seinfeld, Thom Brown, Julie Macklowe, Hamish Bowles, Ken Downing, Linda Fargo, Nicole Fischelis, Akiko Fukai, Pamela Golbin, Josie Natorie, Victor dE Souza, Fern Mallis, Kamie Lightburn, Patricia Mears, Suzy Menkes, Caroline Milbank, David Patrick Columbia, Hal Rubenstein, Leticia Presutti, Fe Fendi, Pj Pascual, Valerie Simpson, NY State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Ann Rapp, Ernest Schmatolla, Marilyn Kirschner, Elizabeth Musmanno, B. Michael, Yaz Hernandez, Liz Peek, Eleanora Kennedy, Stephanie March, Audrey Gruss, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Jean Shafiroff And Narciso Rodriguez

As a volunteer fundraiser, leader, and spokesperson for several charitable causes, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff shares the sentiment that Narciso Rodriguez is truly deserving of the 2018 Artistry of Fashion award. There is a correlation between Shafiroffs committment to female empowerment and Rodriguez’s empowering fashion designs. He designs clothing for women to make them feel strong and beautiful whether it be a power lunch, a boardroom meeting or to stand equally alongside a man in a suit. As a powerful women, philanthropist, volunteer fundraiser and chairwoman for notable causes, Jean found his designs and the message they uphold noble. Jean, herself, is a connoisseur of timeless style and elegant gala fashion supporting up-and-coming as well as established fashion designers.

Angela Dotson

The 2018 Couture Council Award Ceremony began with cocktails on the terrace of the David H. Koch Theater. Following the lively cocktail hour, guests entered the theater’s promenade for a three-course lunch, catered by Olivier Cheng. The terrace was decorated and designed with beautiful floral arrangements by Bronson van Wyck of Van Wyck & Van Wyck event production company.

Jean Shafiroff And Rebecca Seawright

Board member and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff of The Couture Council at MFIT is committed to conserving the extraordinary collections at The Museum at FIT, the only museum dedicated to the art of fashion. The Couture Council‘s contributions have made it possible for the museum to mount world-class exhibitions that educate and inspire, to build and conserve the extraordinary collections, and to organize free public programs that serve the Fashion Institute of Technology‘s 10,000 students, as well as the general public.

Sunday, September 09, 2018


Jean Shafiroff

Jean & Martin Shafiroff

On September 1,2018, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Foray Golf hosted cocktails for approximately 100 people at Foray Gold in Southampton, New York . The party was specifically held in support of the LPGA Foundation.
Jean Shafiroff With Greg Kelly

Jean Shafiroff, With Rebecca Seawright And Megan LaMothe

Established in 1991, the LPGA Foundation supports women and young people through programs and initiatives aimed at empowering them through the game of golf. Since its founding, The LPGA Foundation has touched more than 300,000 lives through various scholarship and financial assistance programs, along with its flagship junior golf program, LPGA & USGA Girls Golf which has established The LPGA Foundation as a leader in the golf industry in youth initiatives.

If anyone is wondering about different outfits, one is for fashion, the other for golfing. Only in the Hampton's kiddies!

Photos By:  Sean Zanni For Patrick McMullan And Getty Images

Wednesday, September 05, 2018


Jean Shafiroff In Global Vision

Jean Shafiroff was the cover feature of GLOBAL VISION Magazine Summer 2018 issue.

Global Vision is an International Magazine for business executives. The Magazine is distributed through Europe. The story was written by Samantha Yanks, former editor-in-chief of Gotham Magazine and Hampton's Magazine.

The title of the feature is "Jean Shafiroff One of 2018's Top Philanthropists to Watch".

Sunday, September 02, 2018



Jean Shafiroff On Fire Island

Philanthropist and author, Jean Shafiroff and NY State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright took a trip to The Pines on Fire Island in support of the LBGTQ community.

Jean Shafiroff And Rebecca Seawright

Jean Shafiroff With Bill Kapfer, Judith Kasen-Windsor And Rebecca Seawright

 The trip included stops to two charity events ,one for the Human Rights Commission and the other Callen- Lorde. Both charities work on the rights the LBGTQ community. At the Callen-Lorde event , Jean Shafiroff was asked to speak to the crowd on human rights - and specifically the rights of the LBGTQ community. For more information on the Human Rights Campaign and Callen-Lorde go to websites HRC and Callen-lorde.

Photos By Krista Kennell: Patrick McMullan & Getty Images

Friday, August 31, 2018




Jean Shafiroff

UNCF New York's yearly campaign of giving is off to a great start as they raised more than $200,000 at the 7th annual UNCF "A Mind Is…" Hamptons Summer benefit, held August 18-19. Former HBCU president Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and media titan Edward Lewis were honored for being trailblazers of education and voices of the unheard. Dr. Cole reminded attendees during the weekend affair that “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”

Jean Shafiroff And Don Lemon

Master of ceremonies Don Lemon from CNN and Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF's president and CEO, kept the program lively with their contagious energy and led the fundraising charge with a special appeal, raising nearly $15,000 from guests in attendance. Close to 200 guests attended the celebratory weekend, including celebrity stylist Ty Hunter and actor Sarunas Jackson of the HBO hit series “Insecure.” Many participants left feeling inspired and ready to champion for education and the important work UNCF work UNCF does to help deserving students get to and through college.

Jean Shafiroff With Gregory Lowe

Errol Taylor With Nancy Silberlleit, Michael Lomax, Jean Shafiroff,
Don Lemon, Dr. Bridget Florestal, Sandra Allen Lesibu And Gregory Lowe

UNCF New York gives special acknowledgement to our gracious co-chairs, Jean Shafiroff and Gregory Lowe II, whose leadership led to an exciting and successful weekend.

Follow coverage of this event on social media: @uncfny #uncfnyc #uncfhamptons

ABOUT UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.