Showing posts with label JEAN SHAFIROFF. Show all posts
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Saturday, April 07, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff And Martin Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff And Carolyn Maloney

New York, N.Y. – Author and Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff hosted a reception on the Upper East Side on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 to celebrate Surgeons of Hope. Surgeons of Hope, a nonprofit striving to ensure that pediatric heart surgeries are available to the world’s most under-resourced regions, kicks off another year of service and fundraising by reconvening friends and partners. Attending guests gained insight into Surgeons of Hope’s growing efforts in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Peru, and encouraged to celebrate the nonprofit’s work at its One Night for Hope Gala on May 3rd in New York.

Edgar Batista And Mary McFadden

Charles Catherine With Jean Shafiroff, Alejandro Posse And Gilda Sacasa

The 2018 Night for Hope gala is honoring the memory of Michel Berty, co-founder of the Long Island Chapter of l’Arche USA and long-time supporter and part of the board of Surgeons of Hope. Starting the tradition of the annual Gala to benefit the children of Latin America, he was a generous contributor for the foundation.

This year’s Gala Chairs are Michael Katz and Robert G. Pine.

The Gala will be held on Thursday, May 3 at the Le Bernardin PrivĂ© by Eric Ripert in Manhattan, starting with cocktails at 7PM followed by dinner and program, music and a live and silent auction. To purchase tickets to the event and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit here for TICKETS.   

Jean Shafiroff With Alex Donner And Lucia Hwong Gordon

Naz And Mario Rinaldi

Edward Leibman With Jean Shafiroff

Rebecca Knox
In addition to Martin and Jean Shafiroff, and Surgeons of Hope’s Executive Director Charles Catherine, attending the kickoff party were: U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney, Designer Victor de Souza, Artist Tony Bechara, Edgar Batista, designer Mary McFadden, Margo Lagenberf, Rebecca Knox, Rachel Hirschfeld, Edgar Batista, Natalie Ross, Florence Anthony, Chele Farley, Gilda Sacasa, Marie-Eve Berty, Odile Longchampt, Marie-Monique Steckel, Baroness Veronique Bich, H.E. Alejandro Posse and Surgeons of Hope VP Judith O’Neill.

Ashley Jordyn

Charles Catherine With Michael Katz

Gala Co-Chairs, this year’s Gala Committee includes: Eduardo and Suzanne da Cruz, Michael and Alison Katz, Pascal Royer and Nathalie Le Bos, Michel and Odile Longchampt, Daniela Nikolova and Judith O’Neill.

About Surgeons of Hope

Although complex pediatric heart surgeries and treatments are available, they are often out-of reach for the world’s more under-resourced regions. Surgeons of Hope strives to build a more equitable world by ensuring no child is negatively affected by a broken heart. Once surgeries are conducted, Surgeons of Hope also provides facilities, technology and triaging to ensure local medical professionals can continue this service in their communities. 

Each year, Surgeons of Hope sends medical teams to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Peru to help children and provide them with a better future. 

Monday, March 26, 2018


Jean Shafiroff At Luncheon

Jean Shafiroff Stunning in B. Michael Couture at a Studio Museum in
Harlem Luncheon at Van Cleef & Arpels in New York City

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was spotted wearing a striking purple
Spring 2018 suit designed by B. Michael Couture at a luncheon held for
Studio Museum of Harlem at Van Cleef & Arpels in NYC.

The luncheon was held by sponsor Van Cleef & Arpels in celebration of
the upcoming 50th Anniversary Gala of Studio Museum of Harlem which will take place in October 2018. The Studio Museum in Harlem, located at 144 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of  New York City is an American contemporary art museum which is devoted to the work of African-Americans artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. For more information on the Museum go to

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Jean Shafiroff And Halsey

Jean Shafiroff and Halsey both looked stunning at the 9th Annual Blossom Ball to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America. 

Mrs. Shafiroff is the author of Successful Philanthropy: How To Make A Life By What You Give.

Photo Courtesy Of: Lieba Nesis  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


First Annual Philantrophic Award Presented to Jean Shafiroff at NYCIFF Closing Ceremony

Photos By: Patrick McMullan
Jean Shafiroff

On Friday, March 9th, the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) concluded their weeklong festival with a screening of Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan’s Poisoning Paradise and annual award ceremony that included the presentation of a First Annual Philanthropy Award to Jean Shafiroff. The closing ceremony was held in New York’s Dolby Theater & Screening Room and was led by NYCIFF Founder, Roberto Rizzo and NYCIFF President, Caroline Johnson.

Jean Shafiroff And Roberto Rizzo

Tom Sierchio’s The Girl Who Invented Kissing, starring Dash Mihok and Suki Waterhouse was named Best Feature Film, and Steve Stanulis’ Wasted Talent, starring Lillo Brancato, was named the Best New York Documentary, while Jean Shafiroff was presented with the New York City International Film Festival’s Inaugural Philanthropic Award for Arts, Culture & Film for her contributions to New York’s arts community, and actress Natali Yura was named the recipient of the inaugural Rising Star Award.

The selected feature, Poisoning Paradise, which explores the dangers of testing genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides in Hawaii, was screened to a packed theater.

Montgomery Frazer With Jean Shafiroff, Lucia Hwong Gordon
And Victor dE Souza

The award reception marked the end of the more than 30 screenings and events throughout the week of the festival, all raising funds for the NYCIFF Foundation, established to provide aid and scholarships to aspiring filmmakers, directors and performers around the world.

 The full list of awards includes:

· Best Feature Film, The Girl Who Invented Kissing

· Best Original Screenplay, The Girl Who Invented Kissing

· Best Director, Tom Sierchio, The Girl Who Invented Kissing

· Best Lead Actor, Dash Mihok, The Girl Who Invented Kissing

· Best Leading Actress, Suki Waterhouse, The Girl Who Invented Kissing

· Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Vincent Piazza, The Girl Who Invented Kissing

· Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Abbie Cornish, The Girl Who Invented Kissing

· Best Documentary, Secrets of a Frozen Ocean

· Best New York Documentary, Wasted Talent

· Best New York Narrative Feature, Pentimento

· Best International Feature Film, Mortal

· Best Horror Feature Film, The Odds

· Best SciFi Short Film, Rory Romantic

· Best Documentary Short Film, Dancing Wheels

· Best International Short Film, Faith

· Best Short Film (Up to 15 Minutes), REX

· Best Short Film Director, Igor Vynesvski, The Word

· Philanthropic Award for Art, Culture & Film, Jean Shafiroff

· Rising Star Award, Natali Yura

About Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, activist, humanitarian, and author of the book, Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give. Jean's philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions as she also donates her time and knowledge and for this was named “The First Lady of Philanthropy” by Hello magazine. Jean works with several charitable causes, sits on the board of eight charities, is the ambassador for two animal charities - American Humane and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and has been honored by countless charities including the American Heart Society and American Cancer Society.

The New York City International Film Festival showcases filmmakers from around the world in two distinctive New York venues: The Dolby Theater & Screening Room and The Producers Club. Over five days, the NYCIFF screened 19 short films including one animation, and 13 feature length films. Ticket sales from the NYCIFF will benefit the New York International Film Festival’s Foundation for the Arts, which was established to provide scholarships and opportunities to aspiring filmmakers, directors and performers around the world.

Thursday, March 08, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Master Of Ceremonies Jean Shafiroff

Wendy Wade With Nancy Houghton

Jeri Powell
Philanthropist and Author Jean Shafiroff Served as Master of Ceremonies throughout the evening at the 66th Annual New York Junior League Winter Ball at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The evening also featured an awards presentation by New York Junior League (NYJL) President Suzanne E. Manning, who presented the NYJL Outstanding Sustainer Award to Nancy Houghton and Wendy Wade, and the NYJL Outstanding Volunteer Award to Mary Catherine Burdine, Katie Cook, Nicole Ferrin, Elizabeth Fabsits Pavone, and Kim Essency Pillari. The Riviera Romance themed fundraiser raised more than $530,000 for NYJL Charitable Activities.

Jean Shafiroff With Jessica DeSantes, Jeri Powell And Ashley Ma

Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist, Author and 2018 Winter Ball Master of Ceremonies; Suzanne E. Manning, President, New York Junior League; Kim Essency Pillari; Elizabeth Fabsits Pavone; Nicole Ferrin; Katie Cook; Mary Catherine Burdine; Wendy Wade; and Nancy Houghton.

Jean Shafiroff With Suzanne Manning

Natalie & Eric Ross With Dr. Penny Grant

Mary Catherine Burdine
The Winter Ball was attended by more than 600 guests. Proceeds help support the charitable works of the NYJL. The NYJL has been helping build a brighter tomorrow for children and families in New York City since 1901. Today, the NYJL is more than 2,800 volunteers strong and provides more than 250,000 hours of service to the community each year. The NYJL seeks to strengthen the health and well-being of the children and families of New York through five distinct program areas—Adult Education & Mentoring, Child Health & Welfare, Children’s Education, City Impact, and Culture & the Arts.


Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, activist, humanitarian, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, is at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists. Jean's philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions and includes the gifts of extensive time and knowledge. Through her work, she encourages and seeks to empower all individuals to become philanthropists so that they can build the fulfillment of giving into their lives.

A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Jean’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. Jean serves on the boards of 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 Foundation Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, and Global Strays, and is an Ambassador for the American Humane Society.

Widely recognized for her philanthropic work, Jean has been recognized and featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, The New York Times, Hello, Hola, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine, Huffington Post, among others.

Jean works closely with the multiple causes she supports. Each year she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations. She is well-known for her leadership in raising money for many charities, including the Southampton Hospital, New York City Mission Society, New York Women's Foundation and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Jean is often a guest speaker on TV and radio shows throughout the country. The subjects she speaks about include philanthropy, human rights, fashion and animal welfare.

Jean has been honored by several organizations including the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Youth Counseling League, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Surgeons of Hope, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Jean holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BS in physical therapy from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has worked both in public finance and private partnerships on Wall Street. Prior to that, she was a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Jean is married to Martin Shafiroff, an investment advisor, and together they have two daughters, Jacqueline and Elizabeth, who share their mother’s interest in charitable causes. Jean and her family reside in both New York City and Southampton, NY.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


Jean Shafiroff

WE HEAR: NYCIFF Foundation'S 9th Annual New York City International Film Festival Awards Ceremony will be honoring Jean Shafiroff. Mrs. Shafiroff will receive the prestigious Philanthropic Award Recognizing her Contribution to Art, Film and Culture.

The event will be followed by a Exclusive Screening of Poisoning Paradise @ The DOLBY Screening Room in NYC. The event will take place Friday March 9th, 2018.

Photo Courtesy Of: Shafiroff Collection 

Thursday, March 01, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff In Fashion

Jean Shafiroff And Elsie McCabe Thompson

Madame Gilberte Beaux With Jean Shafiroff And Ava Roosevelt

New York, N.Y.– Author and Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff hosted a reception on the Upper East Side on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to celebrate New York City Mission Society’s annual Champions for Children Gala, which raises funds to support youth and families in our city’s most under served communities to break the cycle of poverty and achieve success.

Lee Fryd With Lisa Konsker And Randi Schatz

 This year’s honorees are BNY Mellon, International Flavors and Fragrances, and LTC Francis Kairson, Jr., Director Emeritus at New York City Mission Society. WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, a longtime supporter of the Mission Society, will emcee the event. This year’s Gala Chairs are Katrina and Don Peebles, Leah and Stanley H. Rumbough, and Jean and Martin Shafiroff. 

Jean & Martin Shafiroff With Ignacio Bustindui And Ariadna Bustindui

Sophia Skalli With Lucia Hwong Gordon And Katlean de Monchy

Honorary Chairs are Georgina Bloomberg and Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, and Corporate Chairs are Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, MacFarlane Partners, and Stifel Financial Corp. The Gala will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at the Mandarin Oriental at 80 Columbus Circle in Manhattan, starting with cocktails at 6:30 PM followed by a 7:30 PM dinner and program, music and dance. To purchase tickets to the event and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit here

Helen Shelton With Beautiful Mom Sylvina Shelton

Donald & Barbara Tober
In addition to Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, and New York City Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson, attending the kickoff party were: Francis Kairson; Jay Moorhead; Kim Bingham; Ava Roosevelt; Francine LeFrak and Rick Freiberg; Cece and Lee Black; Barbara and Donald Tober; Margo Langenberg; Alex Donner and Annette De Lorenzo; Ann Rapp; Roy Kean; Lucia Hwong Gordon; Craig Dix; Natalie Ross; Laurence Kaiser IV; Penny Grant, M.D.; Patrick Vatel; D. Colgate Rumbough; Natasha Das; Taylor Burns; Jerry Bonura; Kenita Lloyd; Chasity Logan; Randi Schatz; Lee Fryd;  Dawne Marie Grannum; Gary Rombough, MD; Rachel Atcheson; Ernest Schmatolla; and Helen C. Shelton and Sylvina Shelton; Darold Cuba; Victor de Souza; Katlean DeMonchy; Ray Bouderau ; Michele Herbert; Ariadna Vera and Ignacio Bustindui; Madame Gilberte Beaux; Ignacio Bustindui and Ariadna Vera Bustindui. 

Ann Rapp With Roy Kean

Chasity Logan
The Gala Co-Chairs for this year’s Benefit Committee includes: Alton Bird LLP; Flo Anthony; Elaine Appelle; American Securities Foundation; Aronson LLP; Astor Title Services LLC; Elena Ayot; Peggy and John Bader; Sophia Bishop; Tony Bowles; Jerry Bonura; Ray Bounderau; Taylor Burns; Deutsche Bank; Craig Dix; Douglas Elliman; Veronica Dunlap; Goodwin; Dawn Marie Grannum; Penny Grant, M.D.; Shannon J. Hales; Michele Herbert; Laurence Kaiser IV; Landmark Partners; Margo Langenberg; Lincoln Land Services; Living the Dream Films; Connie & John Morgan; Missy Kilroy and Jay Moorhead; Lauren and James Peterson; Philips International; Gary Rombough, M.D.; D. Colgate Rumbough; Natalie S. Ross; Jane Scher; Patricia Shiah; Helen C. Shelton; Brooke and Derek Steinhiser; Karina Tatarski; Barbara Tober; Trachtenberg Rodes Friedberg LLP; Patrick Vatel; Tanja Drieding Wallace; and, Lori Zelenko. 

About the New York City Mission Society

The New York City Mission Society has been on the front lines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, workforce development, cultural enrichment, and community-building programs, make a positive, long-term impact on the City’s most under served communities by promoting academic achievement, and providing career opportunities and cultural enrichment. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Jean Shafiroff Wears Oscar De La Renta

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was spotted in Palm Beach at the Brazilian Court. Jean’s sparkling cocktail dress is by Oscar de la Renta. The fashion icon was on her way to the French Heritage Society Gala. 

Monday, February 26, 2018


Stunning Jean Shafiroff

Spotted - Philanthropist and style icon Jean Shafiroff during New York City Fashion Week 2018. Ms. Shafiroff , wearing a blue, black and grey geometric dress by Oscar de la Renta, was about to enter the Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show at Cipriani at 25 Broadway recently.

Photo Courtesy Of: Benno Klandt

Sunday, February 18, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan
Jean Shafiroff

Art Photographer and Explorer Ejaz Khan celebrated the opening of his new photo exhibition Passion with a private preview to toast The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) this week at his gallery in the Fashion District.

Passion Exhibition By Ejaz Khan

The evening was hosted by Ambassador at Large and Honorary Board Member for SASF Jean Shafiroff and featured images of wild horses Khan took in France as well as a slideshow and video from his recent trip to the mountains in Norway, where he photographed the Musk Ox. Passion is set to be open to the public through March 14th and a portion of all sales will be donated to the Foundation.

Irene Michaels

Clifton Knight With Jean Shafiroff And Ejaz Khan

Midway through the evening host Jean Shafiroff and SASF Board of Directors Co-President Clifton Knight took the floor to welcome all guests and animal lovers for joining them to support the shelter and the new exhibition. They went on to speak about their mission to help all homeless animals find loving homes noting their upcoming Unconditional Love Gala, which will take place on Saturday, July 21st and feature a donated work by Khan in the silent auction. It was at that time Khan took the stage to speak about his experience in Norway and how he turned from the catwalk to the wilderness. Khan stated, “I have photographed fashion from the past 20 years realizing I was losing my passion for it, I decided to go out into the wild and rediscover a new one, which in turn led you all here tonight.”

Jared Ahmed With Ejaz Khan And Troy Ahmed

The opening welcomed more than 100 guests including SASF Junior board members Kate McEntee, Sarah Vacchiano, and Isabelle Mercier-Dalphond., Executive Director of SASF Jerry Rosenthal, Spokeswoman for Mayor’s Alliance Stephanie Mattera, beauty expert Irene Michaels, Dr. Christopher Calapai, Nancy Chemtob, Maggie Norris, Harriette Rose Katz, Peter Thomas Roth, Helen Yarmak, Leesa Rowland, Silvia Frieser, Lucia Hwong Gordon and Jennifer Dwork.

As an explorer always looking for his next adventure, Khan will be heading to Ellesmere Island in Canada this April for three weeks to photograph Arctic Wolves. Khan’s gallery is located at 260 W. 36th Street and more information about his work can be found on his website here

About the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation:

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in our community and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes. The SASF’s mission is to provide for the welfare of animals and to reduce the number of homeless pets. The Shelter’s goal is to promote and nourish the bond between people and animals through adoption, education and community outreach. SASF is a nationally recognized shelter. The Shelter has an extraordinary adoption rate of 96%. SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention.

To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Story By: Lieba Nesis

Jean Shafiroff And Zang Toi

Malaysian designer Zang Toi, 56, held his fashion show this week at Pier 59 studios. 

Zang, who was awarded a knighthood by the Sultan of Kelantan in 1997 and given the title of "Datuk" by the King of Malaysia in 2013 is a darling of the New York social set for both his incredible accomplishments and his winning demeanor. Toi is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and opened his own atelier in 1989 with a modest collection of sarongs, suits and dresses. He has since dressed Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Jean Shafiroff, Ivana Trump, Patti Labelle and many other luminaries. His clothing is available in the couture department at Nordstrom, fine specialty boutiques and at his store on 1046 Lexington Avenue. Zang is an original and he spreads goodwill wherever he goes. 

On The Runway

The highlight of fashion week was attending his show because of the cool elegance he executed so effortlessly. Zang said that his collection was inspired by the palazzos and monuments of Rome and his clothing looked straight out of the movie "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis." The 32 looks presented covered the gamut from demure greys to bright oranges and pinks; this was signature Zang-beginning the show with more businesslike attire and escalating the excitement with one red carpet look after another.

The opening look featured a royal mink sculpted coat with a cashmere charcoal jumpsuit-I rarely see fur at a Zang collection and I liked what I saw. The royal mink placed on the collar and sleeves of the cashmere grey suits were perfection. I was beginning to think I was at a Dennis Basso presentation. Zang even had a model carrying a knapsack and featured girls with red and pink tights with matching sleeves and hats-a possible indication that Zang was targeting a younger market. The Andrea Bocelli music accompaniment was divine transporting the audience to a garden in Rome. When the embroidered capes and floral gowns came down the runway the transformation was complete. 

Creativity abounded, with colored beading presented on the back of tights and a backward diamond necklace adorning a model's neck-Zang wasn't missing a trick. Zang knows his colors and this year he used them to tremendous effect with bright silk florals and caped dresses in pink and orange hanging impeccably on the models who walked languidly down the runway. The black floral silk gown was nothing short of extraordinary and when these looks were accompanied by floral hats and lavish trains the drama was palpable. One of the model's orange wigs blended seamlessly with the color of the floral hat-a fun touch. The men were equally regal but I was missing dancer Cory Stearns who usually graces the runway. 

Concluding the show was a princess look of real hand appliqued red and orange silk bouquet flowers adorning the hat and skirt of the model. While Zang's specialty is undoubtedly dramatic capes with embroidered detail and jeweled collars this collection manifested a proficiency in furs and suits. In January 2018 style star Lupita Nyong'o attended the "Black Panther" premiere in a purple Versace dress with a gold jeweled collar and belt that had the name Zang written all over it-when Versace is copying your designs they must be pretty extraordinary.

Photo Courtesy Of: Patrick McMullan / Shafiroff Collection

Saturday, February 10, 2018



Photos Courtesy Of: Patrick McMullan / Getty

Jean Shafiroff

Style Icon and NYC Leading Lady, Jean Shafiroff stunned the crowd in Oscar de la Renta at the Viennese Opera Ball. 

Jean Shafiroff turned heads in a striking black velvet and white floral Oscar de la Renta ballgown last week at the Viennese Opera Ball. The stunning woman paired the ballgown with opera length
white leather gloves for the white tie affair which took place at the Ziegfield Ballroom in New York City.

 Ms. Shafiroff, one of New York's leading ladies, is know for her philanthropy and for her carefully curated ball gown collection.

Jean Shafiroff With Angela Meade

About The Viennese Opera Ball

The Viennese Opera Ball, an annual white tie charity gala, celebrates the cultural and economic relationships between Austria and America, connecting two continents, two cities and two centuries in one glamorous night. It was founded by Austrians immigrating to the United States more than 62 years ago, and is a tribute to both their former home town Vienna and their new host city, New York.

Considered the most prestigious and oldest Viennese ball outside of Vienna, the gala draws an international audience that includes diplomats and dignitaries, international corporations and
professionals. Performances by Metropolitan opera singers, a renowned Viennese orchestra, ballet dancers, the West Point color guard, the midnight Quadrille and many more surprises contribute to a glamorous and delightful night.

Each year, the Viennese Opera Ball supports charitable projects connected to the communities in New York and Vienna. For more information go to

Thursday, January 25, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jean And Martin Shafiroff

Philanthropists Martin and Jean Shafiroff hosted a cocktail soiree for over 100 guests themed, BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES, that toasted The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) at their Park Avenue home.

Jean Shafiroff greeted guests including Geoffrey Bradfield, Rachel Atcheson, Community Liaison Officer – Animal Welfare, Office of the Mayor of New York City, Erik Bottcher and JD Thompson, Craig Dix, Irene Michaels, and designers Zang Toi and Victor de Souza, who all donned blue attire to support the events theme and match Jean who was dressed in a vinyl blue two-piece outfit by Courrèges before changing into a gown designed by Caroline Elenowitz. All guests enjoyed champagne and hors d'oeuvres catered by Cornelia Guest. 

Victor de Sousa And Ann Rapp

Jean Shafiroff & Zang Toi
Midway through the event, SASF Honorary Board Member Jean Shafiroff, SASF Board President Clifton Knight and SASF Executive Director Jerry Rosenthal thanked guests for attending, and for their continued commitment to the Shelter. Knight thanked Martin and Jean Shafiroff, stating, "Jean has been like a Joan of Arc for our Shelter. Without her support we would not be operating." He then said that, "as a result of the training work, we are able to do our adoption rate is up to 98%. This is unsurpassed by any shelter on the East End. We take in all animals, no matter the condition - all the orphans and all the tough cases, and our adoption rate is through the roof." Shafiroff has chaired the shelter's annual summer Unconditional Love Gala the past five years and has raised over $4-million for the Foundation. Jean Shafiroff is on the Honorary Board and was the Honoree of the 2017 Unconditional Love Gala. “Everything in philanthropy is a group effort," said Jean. "Nothing happens in a vacuum. We all work together and without collective support, volunteers, love, and adoptions, the success of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation wouldn’t be possible.

Mitchell Modell And Ray Bouderau

Mitch Modell, CEO, Modell's Sporting Good then started a surprise live auction on a priceless package for two people to travel with the Brooklyn Nets on the team plane, stay at the team hotel and then return to New York with the team after having watched the game from premium seating. The winner was Ray Bouderau who bid $10,000 for the experience, which will be donated to the Shelter. The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's Ninth Annual Unconditional Love Gala will be held on July 21st, 2018. For more information, please visit the Foundations website at

Lucia Hwong Gordon With Flo Anthony

Additional supporters included, Flo Anthony, Edgar Batista, Ray Boderau, Nina Burleigh, Darold Cuba, Craig Dix, Scott Elkins, Joseph Fichera, Renee Schlather, Montgomery Frazier, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Larry Kaiser, Roy Kean, Steven Knoble, Robert Lohman, Jennifer Miller, Nicole Noonan, Barbara and Ken Poliwoda, Ann Rapp, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, Jerry Rosenthal, Natalie Ross, Randi Schatz, Patricia Shiah, and Felicia Taylor.