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

Friday, September 07, 2012



Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation hosted an elegant “thank you” party at Sequin, the fashion jewelry boutique in Southampton recently. The purpose of the event was to show appreciation to the sponsors, committee members and supporters of the 3rd Annual UNCONDITIONAL LOVE benefit which was held on Saturday, July 21, 2012, honoring Ellen & Chuck (NBC 4, News Anchor) Scarborough, chaired by Jean Shafiroff and held at the home of Sandra McConnell, in Southampton. Those in attendance at the thank you event at Sequin included Kim and Linda Renk (owners of Sequin and newly appointed Board members of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation), Cheryl Dovenberg (Sequin executive), Martin Shafiroff, Zita Davisson & Gary Lawrance, Sandra McConnell, Michael Donofrio, Raya & Clifford Knight, NancyJane Loewy, Amy Cosman, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Georgina Schaeffer & Marsha Schaeffer, Jayne Young & Gene DePoris and many others. Representing the Shelter were the Shelter's Chairman, Susan Allen, Board President, Jonathan McCann, and Board Executive V.P. and co-founder of ARF, Sony Schotland.

Monday, August 13, 2012





Beth Ostrosky Stern

Christopher Fischer And Joni Fischer

Jean And Martin Shafiroff
The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons celebrated the Hamptons summer season with its annual GET WILD Summer Gala on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Dune Beach in Southampton. The event, chaired by Beth Ostrosky Stern, Christopher Obetz and Ellen Scarborough, celebrated the rehabilitation and successful release of Long Island's native wildlife. Guests in attendance included Beth Ostrosky Stern (Event Chair, GET WILD Summer Gala), Ellen and Chuck Scarborough (Event Chair, GET WILD Summer Gala | Anchor, WNBC), Ginnie and Augie Frati (Executive Director, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons), Avis Richards (Honorary Board Member, The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons), Leslie Alexander (Owner, Houston Rockets), Christopher and Joni Fischer (Christopher Fischer cashmere), Josh Guberman Owner, Core Development Group, Jean and Martin Shafiroff (Philanthropist, Robert Albertson and Suzanne Murphy, Howard Lorber (Chairman, Douglas Elliman), Samantha Kleinfield (Jockey), Ellen and Dr. Jan Linhart, D.D.S (Event Sponsor, GET WILD Summer Gala), Dr. Tara Allmen, M.D. (Event Sponsor, GET WILD Summer Gala) and Paul Schindler (Entertainment Attorney).

Friends, family and supporters of The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons gathered for a seaside clambake and cocktails with musical entertainment by Jetty Four. Also in attendance were furry and feathered friends including, Blossom the opossum, Sonja the red tailed hawk, Kaylala the great horned owl and Cutie Pie the screech owl.

 Virginia “Ginnie” Frati And Rob Carmichael

Executive Director and Founder of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, Ginnie Frati, thanked guests “for their generous support and contributions.” “With your donations we can better maintain our medical equipment, get the best veterinary care, and gather skills and training to increase our success rate. We are able to offer state-of-the-art care to our wild neighbors that so richly deserve it because they are usually injured by human activities,” said Frati.

The event also included a silent auction featuring exclusive items such as such as a men’s bomber jacket by Perry Ellis; a ladies’ packable zip jacket from Laundry by Shelli Segal; a masterpiece oil painting portrait session by Kramer Portraits; a one night stay at Hyatt East End with tickets to the Long Island Aquarium; a limited edition snowy owl sculpture from Dianne Marxe; an original lithograph by local artist June Kluglein; a heavy cast bronze Chinese bell; a gift basket from LiV Vodka; season tickets for two for the fall season of the Hampton Theatre Company; a cashmere blanket from Christopher Fischer; a PearlinBrite® laser tooth whitening treatment; a Lorena Sarbu couture cocktail dress; dinner for two at Benjamin Steakhouse; a day of beauty at Angelo David Salon; lunch for four at Southampton Inn’s OSO Restaurant; two nights at The Enclave Inn with dinner for two at 75 Main; an original painting by artist Norbert Gonsalves; veterinary services from Dr. Cindy Bressler and five hours of grooming services from Hamptons Canine Concierge; two private dog training lessons with celebrity dog trainer Lisa Hartman; a day of pampering for your pooch at The Dog Store; a signature one hour psychic reading with psychic medium and clairvoyant Thomas John; a one hour private yoga session at Reflections Yoga; one session with celebrity eyebrow specialist Joey Healy; and six tickets to Mamma Mia! In addition, guests were also able to bid on a one hour photo session photographed by Howard Stern, which is being auctioned online until August 21, 2012.

Monday, July 30, 2012


 Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, has many passions spanning from her charitable interests, to fashion and style. As an actively involved volunteer leader of a number of New York City and Southampton charitable causes, Jean continues to combine her love for fashion and philanthropy. Jean Shafiroff was the subject of Iké Udé’s photograph in a recent Hamptons showing and was featured by the Leila Heller Gallery of New York City. The portrait was displayed with additional featured works by artists including Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Ran Hwang, the collaborative team Kate Eric, Kezban Arca Batibeki, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Kim Chun Hwan, Hadieh Shafir and Firooz Zahedi.

Jean’s hands-on involvement with the multiple causes she supports is indisputable. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources. Jean wears many hats as a board member, chairwoman, underwriter, and hostess of numerous charity events. In 2010 and 2011 she chaired the Southampton Hospital Annual Summer Gala, which raised $1.7 million and $2 million, respectively. Jean’s board memberships include The New York Women’s Foundation, JBFCS, French Heritage Society, The Couture Council, Lighthouse International Advisory Board, and Southampton Bath & Tennis Club Charitable Fund.

As a board member of The Couture Council, which supports the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, Jean hosted and underwrote The Couture Council’s private tour of IMPACT: 50 Years of the CFDA at the Museum at FIT and a following luncheon at Hotel Americano in February, 2012; in September 2011, she was one of many underwriters for the Daphne Guinness exhibit at The Museum. This September, Jean will serve as a vice chair of The Couture Council luncheon honoring famed fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta. Jean has been dazzling red carpets throughout the city and Hamptons in some of her favorite designers including, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Victor de Souza, Fabiola Arias and Nanette Lepore.

Photo Courtesy Of::  Iké Udé

Monday, July 23, 2012


Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Presents 3rd Annual "Unconditional Love"

Jean Shafiroff Wearing Oscar de la Renta

Jean Shafiroff With Sandra McConnell, Ellen And Chuck Scarborough

Tom Gates With Liz Derringer And Mitch Douglas

Jean Shafiroff And Lydia Touzet

Lucia Hwong Gordon And Joan Jedell
The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, SASF, held its 3rd Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 21st, chaired by Jean Shafiroff at the Southampton home of Sandra McConnell. Cocktails began at 7:00 p.m., followed by a sit-down dinner catered by Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs and dancing the sounds of the Alex Donner Orchestra, which was generously underwritten by an anonymous donor. The Honorary Corporate Chairs were Allen & Co and Barclays. Ellen & Chuck Scarborough, (NBC 4 News Anchor), were honored for their innumerable contributions to the world of homeless dogs and cats and their continued support of SASF. Jane Hanson, host of NBC 4's New York Live was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Darlene Rodriguez, David Ushery and Lynda Baquero, all NBC Correspondents joined their colleagues in feting Ellen & Chuck Scarborough.

In attendance from the shelter, were Susan Allen, the organization's founder and "ANGEL", as well as Board President, Jonathan McCann, Board Exec. V.P., Sony Schotland, Treasurer, Steve Greenfield, and Board Members Joel Cooper and Jay Durante. Also seen were Honorary Board members, Jean Remmel Little and Andy Sabin.

 Dawne Marie Grannum With Sandra McConnell And Dr. Penny Grant

Jean Shafiroff And Sandra McConnell
A silent auction, which was chaired by Nancy Jane Loewy and Amy Cosman, was featured and the gift bag committee was chaired by Raya Keis Knight. Other committee members in attendance were Debra Tanger and Sharon Kerr. Each attended with their respective husbands, Martin Shafiroff, Jeffrey Lowey, Ray Cosman and Cliff Knight. Other guests included Southampton Hospital President, Robert Chaloner, Margo McNabb Nederlander & James L. Nederlander, Charlene & James Nederlander Sr., Somers & Jonathan Farkas, Yaz & Valentin Hernandez, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Cece & Lee Black, Lydia & Rudy Touzet, Beverly & Saul Negreann, Henry Buhl, Linda & Kim Renk, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Mayor Mark & Marianne Epley, Cassandra and Robert Seidenfeld, Howard Marton, Chris Obetz and Melanie & John Wambold, among the 300 + guests in attendance.

 Elizabeth Shafiroff With Jean Shafiroff And Mayor Epley

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is ranked among the top ten shelters in the country. The Shelter's Board President recently said, "As a result of the skilled staff and extraordinary volunteers, the shelter has been named the 2012 SHELTER of the YEAR, an honor bestowed at the June 9, 2012 Petfest's Pet Hero Awards Ceremony".

Photos By: James Edstrom

Thursday, July 19, 2012



Sharon Kerr With Jean Shafiroff

 Jean And Martin Shafiroff With Sandra McConnell And Christopher Obetz

Jean Shafiroff and Sequin (Southampton location), hosted a kick-off event for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 3rd Annual Unconditional Love benefit, which will be held on July 21, 2012. The event, honoring Ellen & Chuck (NBC 4 News Anchor) Scarborough, will be chaired by Jean Shafiroff and at the home of Sandra McConnell in Southampton.

Those in attendance of the kick-off included Susan Allen, the Shelter’s founder and “ANGEL,” Board President; Jonathan McCann, Board Executive V.P; co-founder of ARF, Sony Schotland; and Board member, Joel Cooper, as well as Sharon Kerr, a Vice-Chair for the benefit; NancyJane Loewy, auction chair and Raya Keis Knight, gift bag chair. Additionally, Martin Shafiroff, Patrick McMullan, Georgina Schaeffer, and Marsha Schaeffer, attended to support the cause.

The gala promises to be one of the most exciting and elegant benefits on the Summer 2012 Charity Circuit; with Allen & Company and Barclays serving as Honorary Corporate Chairs, the event will begin with cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner catered by Robbins/Wolfe Eventeurs. The renowned Alex Donner Orchestra will provide music for guests, generously donated by an anonymous donor. In addition, ASI (American Society of Interior Designers, NY Metro Chapter), will present a one-of-a-kind dog house/dog bed and dog crate auction, created especially for the shelter and their Unconditional Love event.

Friday, July 06, 2012


Jean Shafiroff

Chuck And Ellen Scarborough

Jean Shafiroff & Chuck Scarborough
Jean Shafiroff and Mackenzie-Childs (Southampton location), hosted a kick-off event for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 3rd Annual Unconditional Love benefit, which will be held on July 21, 2012. The event, honoring Ellen & Chuck (NBC 4 News Anchor) Scarborough, will be chaired by Jean Shafiroff at the home of Sandra McConnell in Southampton. The kick-off included Susan Allen, the Shelter’s founder; Shelter Board President, Jonathan McCann; the Shelter’s Board Executive V.P, Sony Schotland; Shelter Board member, Joel Cooper; Martin Shafiroff; CNN Anchor, Felicia Taylor; Lucia Hwong Gordon; Robin Cofer; Dawne Marie Grannum; Sharon Kerr; Nancy Jane Loewy, and Raya Keis Knight.

The gala promises to be one of the most exciting and elegant benefits on the Summer 2012 Charity Circuit; with Allen & Company and Barclays serving as Honorary Corporate Chairs. The event will begin with cocktails, followed by a sit-down dinner catered by Robbins/Wolfe Eventeurs. The renowned Alex Donner Orchestra will provide music for guests, and has been generously donated by an anonymous donor. In addition, ASID (American Society of Interior Designers, NY Metro Chapter), will present a one-of-a-kind dog house/dog bed and dog crate auction, created especially for the shelter and their Unconditional Love event.

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is ranked among the top ten shelters in the country. In addition to providing adoption services, the shelter offers a low-cost spay/neuter clinic. The Training and Behavior Department, evaluates each dog and develops individually tailored training, based upon a dog’s needs. Dog obedience classes, as well as dog play groups, are offered to the public.

On June 9, 2012, the Southampton Animal Shelter was bestowed with the honor of “2012 Shelter of the Year” at Petfest’s Pet Hero Awards Ceremony.

To purchase tickets for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 3rd Annual Unconditional Love Gala, please call 631-728-PETS x240.

Photos By: Patrick McMullan/ Richard Lewin

Friday, June 29, 2012


 Friends & Philanthropy Mix

Jean And Martin Shafiroff

Alicia And Daniel Bythewood

Valentin Hernandez With Yaz Hernandez And Valentin Hernandez Jr

Lisa Evers With Steven Schutzer And Ramona Singer

This past week, Jean Shafiroff and her husband, Martin Shafiroff, hosted a Summer Kick-Off Cocktail Party to celebrate the beginning of the Hamptons summer social season. The Shafiroff’s celebrated with 175 friends at a private club in Southampton, NY. Guests in attendance included Fox 5 Assignment Reporter Lisa Evers, composer Lucia Hwong Gordon, Valentin and Yaz Hernandez with their son, Valentin Jr., Town & Country senior editor Georgina Schaeffer, Alex and Kate Donner, Sandra McConnell, Christopher Obetz, Alicia and Daniel Bythewood, Bill Finneran, Carol Rohrig, designer Victor de Souza, Larry Kaiser, Gregory D’Elia, Steven Stolman, James La Force, and Real Housewives of New York star Ramona Singer.

Actively involved in the philanthropic world, Ms. Shafiroff loves giving back and is currently working on various charity events in the Hamptons. Ms. Shafiroff is set to chair the Southampton Animal Shelter Gala on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The Gala, honoring Chuck and Ellen Scarborough, will raise money to benefit the shelter, ranked among the top ten in the US. Tickets are available at 631-728-7387, extension 243. On Saturday, August 4, 2012, she will be a Vice Chair of the Southampton Hospital Gala; as the former chairwoman of this gala in 2010 and 2011, the gala raised $1.75 million dollars and $2 million dollars, respectively.

Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Saturday, June 02, 2012



Bitching By: James Edstrom

Miserable James Edstrom

I am being swamped with Publicists plugging their clients, and they just can not seem to do their job.

They send me one liners, like they just could not take the time to do their job. I am tired of telling these publicists to READ OUR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. They ignore me.

They send me photos un-labeled, like I am supposed to know everyone in the world. They act like I am a retard because I ask for a real story and ask them to do their job right.

What has happened in the publicity world? Am I supposed to figure out what their event was? Am I supposed to figure out who everyone is in the shots? Is this too time consuming for these publicists to do the job for which they are paid for?

I have started to ask these people to take me off the list. Some do and send a little comment like I am the problem, and some just ignore and keep hammering my box with these stories that are not even stories. When will they stop and do their job? Do I have to name them the most useless publicists around?

If you are a publicist and are reading this, take me off your list if you can't take two seconds to read our submission guidelines and do your job the right way.

Many of you publicists are also going to get lawsuits. You steal photos from all the photo agencies and you send them to the media like you own the rights. I am lucky, that since I was a photographer for so many years, I ask if they own the rights. You have no idea how many e-mails I get back saying no and I can buy then from the agency. Let me get this straight. I am going to buy a photo to plug your client?

Another thing these publicists do. They will steal a photo from the photo agencies and have no shame sending it to me with a watermark on it. What is wrong with these people? I tell you one thing, I am going to start contacting their clients direct. They should know they hired a loser!


I hope most of you read my story on Verizon and how they hire everyone in India and provide the worst service I ever saw from any company. I am still reeling at the stress this company caused. I am still so pissed that this so-called American Company would outsource so many jobs to India. If you did not reads my story, you can click here.


Dune Point Fire Island

My month in Cherry Grove at Dune Point was just magic. Sitting in Dune Points dock offices, writing Times Square Gossip, was such a relaxing time. As I listened to the music play throughout Cherry Grove and all the people walking by and saying hello or waving, my memories will last a lifetime. Petra Brehl and Rick Dugas treated us like kings. Evening dinners cooked by Rick with Petra's mom Soňa Pavlasová Česká in attendance, as we watched the sunset, were a gourmet delight. I do not even eat this good at the finest restaurants in New York City. I can't wait to return soon.

We urge all Times Square Gossip readers to check out Dune Points website and see if this is a vacation you would want to experience. Times Square Gossip readers always get 10% off at Dune Point. Just type in "GOSSIP" at checkout and the savings are yours. For your off-season adventurers, Times Square Gossip readers get 15% discount at Dune Point in September and October. Just type in "TIMESSQUARE" at checkout and you are all set. You can also call Dune Point at 631-597-6261.

Cherry Grove is a very magical place. If you do visit, I want to hear how your trip was.


I only go into the Food Emporium in emergencies. They are open late and The Big Apple Market where most of the neighborhood shops, closes early. I really hate the Food Emporium. Their prices are just plain unfair and their managers just so rude.

I have written in the past the A&P Tea Company which owns the place and they gave me promises of a better store and better staff. This never happened. They never have enough staff to man the registers and you wait and wait, and they could care less.

The other night I went in there to buy Smoked Salmon. The Salmon on the shelf was labeled $17 something  and it rung up 5 bucks more. When I got the manager, she was rude, argumentative and said the smaller size was the $17 something. I argued that why was the more expensive size in the spot where the Salmon I wanted was. Why was none of the Smoked Salmons priced on each package, as this is the law. She was rude, acted like it was my mistake and refused to give it to me at the price that was labeled on the shelf, as is also the law.

I went in there again the other night. Like I say, I only go in emergencies and I needed Potato Bread. There were lines down the aisle and they only had two cashiers working. The manager went behind a register and opened it up. She announced that another cashier was open. I ran over there, was first in line and she got rude and told me people that have been waiting longer go first. I argued with her, that it was first come first served. She was rude once again like the night before.

The Food Emporium has some of the highest prices in New York City. They never have enough staff working and you wait and wait. I have found so many items outdated and yet they continue to rip off the people in this city. Their management staff is rude and Big Apple Market around the corner on 42nd and 9th, can be as much as half the price. Their produce sucks at Food Emporium and you can also do your vegetable shopping at Stiles Produce Market next to The Big Apple Market and that also is about half the price.

The A&P Tea Company has had financial problems. They filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y. You wonder why? It's because they rip off the customer and they run their stores like crap. Plain and simple. Go shop somewhere else!



 Jean Shafiroff And Elizabeth Shafiroff

Elizabeth Shafiroff, Dimitra Bennett and Lindsey Spielfolgel hosted the SocialTees Animal Rescue Benefit (S.T.A.R.) at Sway Lounge in SoHo, New York to raise awareness and funds to place abandoned animals in loving homes. Those in attendance included Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Sharon Bush, Ramona Singer (Real Housewives of New York), Countess LuAnn de Lesseps (Real Housewives of New York), Jacques Azoulay (Real Housewives of New York), Robin Cofer (owner Sway), Dominick D’Alleva (owner Sway), Unik Ernest (founder Haiti Edeyo), Bill Grimmer (Celebrity Dog Trainer), Tracy Stern (owner SalonTea), and Harper Dimmerman (Justice Hunter Author).

Partnering with a variety of sponsors including David’s Team, 0808Imports, and Deny Designs, Shafiroff, Bennett and Spielfolgel had about 200 people in attendance. “We are so grateful to work with such an amazing organization,” said Shafiroff, “the funds raised this evening will provide care and comfort to many animals that would otherwise be left to fend for themselves.” S.T.A.R has placed over 3,000 dogs, cats, birds and reptiles.

About SocialTees Animal Rescue (S.T.A.R.):

 A non-profit, strictly no-kill 501c3 organization that takes abandoned animals from kill shelters and provides them with a safe haven and veterinary care until they are placed in a proper home. S.T.A.R. rehabilitates and places over 3,000 dogs, cats, birds and reptiles with loving homes per year. All dogs and cats for adoption are spayed/neutered, tested, vaccinated, de-wormed, de-flead, de-mited, microchipped and more. S.T.A.R. also runs a special program for underdogs and undercats, housing over 20 feral cats and taking on many amputees, blind, and injured animals as possible before they are euthanized.

Visit their FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.....

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Jean Shafiroff 

Styling on ‘The Chic Index’

 Jean Shafiroff

Fashionable philanthropist, Jean Shafiroff, displays her ever-stylish looks on the curated survey of individual style site ‘The Chic Index.’ Jean’s classic style, along with her whimsical flair, is a natural combination for Iké Udé’s photography.

Currently, four of Jean’s looks are featured on fashion website, ‘The Chic Index,’ launched by Iké Udé. For her first look, Jean paired a stunning emerald green Oscar de la Renta gown, one of her favorite designers, with a black and green sequin fan plus a black pearl and diamond necklace and earrings. Jean accessorized her second outfit, a black and green Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress, with a black Tiffany & Co. bow clutch, Christian Louboutin pumps, Jennifer Miller earrings and Giorgio Sermoneta leather gloves for added drama. Adding her own twist on the classic Little Black Dress, Jean accessorized her third outfit, a Michael Kors gown, with a luxurious Valentino bolero, Prada earrings and a Betsey Johnson bow necklace. For her fourth look, Jean showed off her whimsical side with a custom Fabiola Arias multi-colored gown, which Jean says reminds her of gumdrops, along with a Clara Kasavina minaudiere, a charm bracelet and vintage1980’s earrings from Bergdorf Goodman. Jean will be featured on ‘The Chic Index’ for the next 8 days, for a total of 12 looks.

Jean’s passion not only lies in fashion, though also in the many charitable organizations she supports. Jean is actively involved as a leader in several New York and Southampton philanthropic endeavors including the JBFCS, Couture Council, French Heritage, Lighthouse International, Southampton Bath and Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, Southampton Animal Shelter, American Cancer Society, Solar One, The New York Women’s Foundation, to name a few.

To view Jean Shafiroff’s style or for more information on The Chic Index, please visit

Photo Courtesy Of: Lawlor Media Group

Wednesday, April 25, 2012



Jean Shafiroff

Melissa Russo

Honorees Joyce B. Cowin With Fran Levy And Julie Menin

 David Everett With Anthony Mann, Brad Lerman, Paul Levine And David Rivel

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) celebrated its Annual Spring Benefit honoring Manhattan Borough President Candidate Julie Menin, Chairperson of Community Board 1, Joyce B. Cowin, JBFCS Trustee, and Fran Levy, JBFCS Trustee; with Master of Ceremonies, Melissa Russo, News Anchor WNBC. JBFCS hosted a record-breaking 500 guests and raised an astounding $2.2 million for the agency. Some of the supporters included Tony Mann, JBFCS Board President, Alice Tisch, JBFCS Vice President, Tommy Tisch, Brown University Chancellor & NYU Medical Center Trustee, Carol Davidson, JBFCS Associated Executive Director for External Affairs, Paul Levine, JBFCS Executive Vice President & CEO, Jack Levy, Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs Mergers & Acquisitions, Lloyd Williams, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Senator Roy Goodman, Former New York City State Senate, David Gellman, FdG Associates Managing Director, G. Oliver Koppell, NY City Council Member, District 11, Blaine (Fin) Fogg, Council, Skadden, John Finley, JBFCS Trustee, The Blackstone Group Chief Legal Officer, Lynn Korda Kroll, JBFCS Trustee, and Jules Kroll, K2 Global Consulting Chairman & Co-Founder and Kroll Bond Ratings, Inc. Chairman & CEO. 

The event was held at New York City’s Plaza Hotel and featured a cocktail reception plus seated dinner with proceeds benefiting JBFCS’ 175 community-based programs, residential facilities, and day-treatment centers that annually serve more than 55,000 New Yorkers-in-need of all faiths, races, and cultures. 

Adam Manson, Owner Distinctive Management

JBFCS has been a trailblazer in treating social problems for more than a century. Today, the organization is one of the nation’s largest and most respected nonprofit mental health and social service agencies—every night, more than 1,000 individuals call a JBFCS residence home. The work of JBFCS is built upon a network of more than 2,200 professionals, including social workers, licensed psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as a cadre of clinical support personnel in continuing day treatment and residential treatment centers, and a corps of more than 800 dedicated volunteers.

  Joyce B. Cowin With Claire Goodman Cloud
And Senator Roy Goodman

The evening began with an introduction by master of ceremonies Melissa Russo who introduced President of the Board of Trustees Tony Mann. Mr. Mann delivered the record-breaking news of the over 500 person attendance and the $2.2 million dollars raised. Paul Levine, Executive Vice President of JBFCS then spoke about the great lengths that JBFCS goes to, to strengthen the New York City area. He mentioned how JBFCS will continue to service as, “there’s no end to what JBFCS can do in this city, because there’s no end of suffering.” Honoree Fran Levy was then introduced and delivered a touching speech about a family with a special needs child who gained strength and optimism through JBFCS’ programs. She mentioned how families are drawn to JBFCS programs because of the safe and nurturing environment the agency prioritizes. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012





Host a Luncheon in Honor of


Sean Young And Natasha Sunshine

Louise Griffiths

Shana Wall And Frank Cascio

Martin Landau And Frances Fisher

James Keach And Harry Hamlin

Kenneth Branagh And Jane Seymour

Jean Shafiroff And Michelle Williams

Jean Shafiroff and The Weinstein Company hosted a luncheon with Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh in honor of The Weinstein Company film My Week with Marilyn, Tuesday, January 10th at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, CA. The film stars Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh and documents the brief period filmmaker Colin Clark spent with Marilyn Monroe during the filming of The Prince and the Showgirl in England during the late 1950s.

The luncheon was attended and honored by many of the founding members of The Actors Studio and those who shared the screen with Marilyn Monroe in her heyday. Attendees included Jean Shafiroff, New York Philanthropist and Socialite, Michelle Williams, Actress, Kenneth Branagh, Actor, Colleen Camp, Actress, Dyan Cannon, Actress, Frances Fisher, Actress, Frank Cascio, Author of My Friend Michael, Harry Hamlin, Actor , James Keach, Actor, Jane Seymour, Actress, Louise Griffiths, Singer, Martin Landau, Actor, Michael Nouri, Actor, Missy Hargraves, Actress, Natasha Sunshine, Celebrity Hairstylist of Byu-Ti Salon, Paul Farberman, Entertainment Manager, Sean Young, Actress, Shana Wall, Actress, Sura Radcliffe, Celebrity Hairstylist of Byu-Ti Salon, Susan Blakely, Actress. Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch planned and prepared by Cecconi’s and received exclusive gift bags with exciting items such a Byu-Ti Salon gift certificate and products from Pureology® and Smashbox.

Photos By: Andreas Branch/Patrick McMullan

Thursday, January 05, 2012







Oksana Prokopenko

Jean Shafiroff With Oksana Prokopenko

Oksana Prokopenko presents the final weekend of her exhibit of mosaic icons and paintings on display at the Narthex Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church in New York. The exhibit includes works of mosaic icons, painted icons, oil paintings and mixed media in the tradition of Byzantine masters, and is open to the public daily from 9:00AM-7:00PM through January 8th, 2012.


Oksana Prokopenko’s subject matter and style are rare in today’s contemporary art scene. Her artistic process is similar to artists from hundreds of years ago because of her intense focus to precision, quality and detail. Prokopenko’s masterpiece The Archangels took her two years to complete and contains more than 40,000 tiny pieces of colored glass. Prokopenko is often described as a colorist because her colors inspire the viewer to spiritual and emotional heights similar to those felt by Prokopenko during her creative process, which can be compared and described as a spiritual practice.

St. Francis

Prokopenko’s works have garnered much recognition, especially from The Museum of Russian Art, The Glass Craftsman Magazine and the Russian NTV Network. To learn more about Oksana Prokopenko’s art and collection, please visit Saint Peter's Church is located at 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in New York City.

Photos By: James Edstrom

Monday, November 21, 2011


14th Annual Collaborating For a Cure Dinner And Auction Raises Millions for Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

Marcus Hill With Jean Shafiroff And Nate Nesbitt

Tia Walker

Model And Recording Artist Nick Hissom

Reuben Mark With Dr. Samuel Waxman And Michael Nierenberg

Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky With Dr. Samuel Waxman And Dr. Jonathan Licht

J. Jay Mautner With Jill Frankel And James Frankel

Laurie Schaffran With Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg And Dena Weiner

The 14th Annual Collaborating for a Cure dinner and auction to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), was held at New York City’s landmark Park Avenue Armory on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 6:30PM. The event, hosted by Elin and Michael Nierenberg, was headlined by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kid Rock. The event’s guests included Dr. Samuel Waxman, Director and Founder of The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation,Michael Nierenberg, Board Chair of SWCRF, Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, Associate Scientific Director of SWCRF, Dr. Jonathan Licht, Associate Scientific Director of SWCRF, Gwen Darien, Executive Director of SWCRF, J. Jay Mautner, Vice President of SWCRF, Gary Jacob, Vice President of SWCRF, David Taub, Vice President of SWCRF, Dena Weiner, Vice President of SWCRF, Laurie Schaffran, Secretary of SWCRF, Tom Conway, Treasure of SWCRF, Musa Mayer, Board Member of SWCRF, Clifford Greenberg, Board Member of SWCRF, Frank Rauscher, Scientist of SWCRF, Courtney C. Booth, Auctioneer of Sotheby’s, Michael Burkhardt, Board Member 0f Voices Against Brain Cancer, Reuben Mark, Former Chairman and CEO of Colgate-Palmolive Company, Nate Nesbit, Soul Artist Management Supermodel, Marcus Hill, Soul Artist Management Supermodel, Jean Shafiroff, Co-Chair of New York Women’s Foundation’s 25th Anniversary.

The annual dinner—known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman” after SWCRF founder Dr. Samuel Waxman—is a feel-good affair considered to be among the top annual fundraising events in New York City. In addition, the evening’s much-anticipated live and silent auctions offered guests the opportunity to bid on an exciting selection of exclusive items, such as two Yellow Lab puppies for $13,000 each, an opportunity to meet Kid Rock and take home his autographed guitar for $19,000, a trip for seven to the world famous Golden Eye Resort in Jamaica for $100,000, a week stay at a private ocean front villa in Anguilla with private jet service for $60,000, a five night stay of the ultimate luxury aboard a Private Yacht for $150,000, a fully stocked Viking wine refrigeratorwith 54 bottles of collectible wines from around the world for $15,000, a stellar wine tasting for 20; wines from Palm Bay International, catered by Restaurant Associates and décor from byROBIN for $10,000, a golf outing at Hampton Hills Country Club for $21,000, dinner for four with Petra Nemcova at Lavo for $11,000, two private wine tastings for 25 at Italian Wine Merchants for $55,000 each, “City of Dreams” original by Peter Tunney for $30,000, “Heaven on Earth” limited edition print by Peter Lik for $25,000, private four-course dinner for 16 at L’Artusi for $25,000 and a private villa in Bermuda for six with jet service from Flight Options LLC for $40,000. The live auction was led by Courtney Booth of Sotheby’s Auction House. Silent auction items are still available for bidding until November 30th, 2011 on, to help raise an incredible amount of money for cancer research.

Dr. Waxman poignantly told guests that he hopes “you feel you saved one life and saved the world by collaborating with us for a cure,” echoing the theme of the Foundation and its fundraiser. The dinner and auction are attended annually by more than 1,100 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer, reprogramming cancer cells to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists who are funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver drugs and novel therapies to treat cancer.

Dr. Waxman founded the SWCRF and its unique concept of a collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, to bridge the gap between the bench and bedside. Unlike other organizations, the Waxman Foundation supports novel treatments for many different cancer indications including blood, brain, breast, liver, lung, melanoma, and pancreatic. The Foundation sponsors research that spans the spectrum of cancer—from children to adults; men and women; and from those who are newly diagnosed to those more advanced. Through the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to support the work of more than 175 researchers across three continents.

The Foundation wishes to continue funding its vital research through the charitable donations it receives at its annual Collaborating for a Cure dinner and auction, working towards a world in which cancer can be cured and one day can even be prevented.

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Photos By: James Edstrom