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Thursday, August 10, 2017



Photos By Rob Rich / Society Allure

Jean Shafiroff

Benefit Chairs Bill Ford and Marigay McKee, Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer Robert Chaloner, and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed 700 supporters to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 59th Annual Summer on Saturday, August 5th. The night raised more than $1.5 million to provide support for the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department, the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, treating more than 25,000 people annually.

Jean & Martin Shafiroff With Carolyn Maloney & John Catsimatides

 Larry Scott
The festive evening was emceed by Fox 5 Good Day New York host Greg Kelly and brought out supporters including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and wife Hilary Geary Ross, Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving and wife Ellen Irving, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Julie Ratner, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Chairman Howard M. Lorber, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Foundation, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Association Chairman Kenneth Wright, and Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel Stanley.

Steve Bernstein With Wilbur Ross, Robert Zimmerman And Hillary Ross

The evening’s Honorary Chair was Georgina Bloomberg, and former event Chairs in attendance included Jean Fitzsimmons, Jean Shafiroff and husband Martin Shafiroff, and Audrey Gruss and husband Martin Gruss.

Jean Shafiroff And Victor De Souza

Lawrence Scott Events transformed the tent with lavish buffets decorated with delicate blooms and dramatic table centerpieces of white roses, while music from the Groove Society kept everyone dancing.

Steve Schutzer And Sara Herbert-Galloway

Julie Stone And Supervisor Jay Schniederman

After Mr. Kelly welcomed guests, he asked Mr. Chaloner to the stage, who revealed that after a decade of discussion, Southampton Hospital was officially a part of the Stony Brook Medicine health care system, which allows patients at the hospital access to significant resources and advanced technology. The collaboration includes a new cardiac catheterization laboratory, part of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center and the Phillips Family Cancer Center, which will make top-level cancer care more readily available to East End residents.

Southampton Mayor Michael Irving And Ellen Irving

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is recognized by the NYS Department of Health as a provisional Level III adult trauma center, the first one on Long Island’s East End. This designation enables the Hospital to provide care to the most critically injured patients. During the summer season when the regional population swells, it is even more critically important that trauma care be accessible close by. Faster treatment for trauma patients can mean the difference between life and death, so support for this essential service is vital.

About Jean Shafiroff:

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, humanitarian, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, is considered to be 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 Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation and Global Strays. Recently Jean became 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, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others.

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.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Eighth Annual Unconditional Love

Photos By: Patrick McMullan & Rob Rich

Jean Shafiroff & Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney

Beth Stern

Lindsey Spielfogel With Elizabeth Shafiroff & Katie McEntee

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its Eighth Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 8th at a private waterfront residence on Gin Lane in Southampton. The event sold out for the eighth consecutive year.

John Catsimatidis & Dorothy Frankel

The Foundation’s Board of Directors, led by Board President Jonathan McCann, hosted this year’s event, which was themed around a whimsical walk in the park. The event honored SASF Co-Founder Sony Schotland and Honorary Board Member Jean Shafiroff, who has chaired the Gala for the previous five years. Philanthropist and author Mrs. Shafiroff has been instrumental in helping the shelter raise nearly $4 million, while Mrs. Schotland has dedicated more than 50 years to saving homeless pets, and was instrumental in making the Southampton Animal Shelter private, with a no-kill policy.

Jean Shafiroff With Chuck Scarborough

Rosalie Brindon & Cornelia Bregman

Howard Lorber & Susan Bordeaux
Master of ceremonies Chuck Scarborough welcomed more than 300 guests, including: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Howard Lorber, John Catsimatidis, Beth Stern, Jill Rappaport, Jean Remmel Little, Deborah Hearst, Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving and his wife Ellen, Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl, former Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley and his wife Marianne, Martin Shafiroff, Sandra McConnell, Steve Bernstein, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, June Jaffee – Executive Director of the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and Julie Ratner. The event was also supported by Georgina Bloomberg, Anne Hearst and Beth Shak.

Jonathan McCann And Jill Rappaport

Martin Shafiroff With Marianne And Mark Epley

Event chairman Andrea & Alex Douzet, Missy Hargraves, Antonella Bertello, Marcy Warren, Ellen Ward Scarborough, Mollie Ruprecht Acquavella and Michael Katz were joined by Junior co-chairs Katie McEntee, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Kingsley Crawford, Pamela Suskind, Sarah Vacchino and Merritt Piro.

Guests enjoyed dinner by Pinch Food Design, while Chris Norton and his band provided music for the evening. The event’s corporate chairs included Allen & Company, Ferguson Cohen LLP and Stifel. With thanks to supporters including AM Southampton.

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerry Rosenthal And Rosalie Brinton

Brigid Fitzgerald & Rene Schlather
This year’s Unconditional Love Gala exceeded its fundraising goal through donations, pet sponsorships and silent and live auctions, as led by Katie Jacobs. All proceeds go towards SASF's crucial initiatives, such as their low-cost spay/neuter mobile van granted by the ASPCA, efforts to rescue animals enslaved in puppy mills, and the daily care of the rescues within the shelter. Proceeds also benefit the shelter's programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF's "Playing for Life" program, which is currently in more than 40 shelters and recognized at major animal conferences throughout the U.S.

The mission of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is to provide for the welfare of homeless animals and find them loving homes. As the only open admissions animal welfare organization in the area, they are dedicated to promoting and nurturing the bond between people and animals through adoption, medical care, behavior training and education. Proceeds from the evening's event go to support the critical programs and services they offer that make them the leader in animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in the community.

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 recently won an award as the finest shelter on Long Island and rated in the top 10% of the country for their live release rates. The Shelter leads the country with its "live release rate", which means that of all animals brought to the shelter, 94% are adopted into loving homes. 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. No adoptable animal is left behind!

To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at or their Facebook page at

Sunday, November 01, 2015



Photos By: Owen Hoffman / Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Brooke Shields

Margo Catsimatidis And John Catsimatidis

Michele Herbert And Larry Herbert

The 32nd annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015. The event raised more than $2 million for critical Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Willie Geist, co-anchor of The Today Show and Morning Joe emceed the event, which included remarks from Gala General Chair and Founder Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (daughter of Rita Hayworth) and 2015 Gala Chair Daryl Simon. Simon gave a moving speech about her mother’s battle with the disease, which inspired her to become involved with the Gala. Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley poignantly spoke as a part of the program, sharing about her mother’s struggle with dementia.

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

Dan Gasby With B. Smith

Michele and Larry Herbert were honored with the Rita Hayworth Award. Michele spoke powerfully about her dedication to the cause drawing both laughter and tears from the crowd. The Herberts recently committed a substantial gift to create the Michele and Larry Herbert Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s in Women Fund as part of the Alzheimer’s Association Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Fund, which will support critical research into gender vulnerabilities in Alzheimer’s and why woman are disproportionately affected by this disease.

Later in the evening, CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller introduced B. Smith and Dan Gasby as they were honored with the Alzheimer’s Association Champions Award for their dedication to the cause and for B.’s courage in announcing her own diagnosis. Actor Danny Glover send a personal video message honoring his close friends B. and Dan for “bravely using their voices for Alzheimer’s” calling them his champions and heroes. Model Klara Urbanova donned the stunning purple gown celebrated fashion designer Naeem Khan, a longtime supporter of the organization, designed as a part of his Purple Dress Partnership with the Gala, which was auctioned off to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The theme of this year’s Gala, ‘our future is crystal clear’, highlighted the gala steering committee’s commitment to the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala over three decades ago, the New York, Chicago and Palm Beach events have now raised more than $68 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association. The mission of the Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through promotion of brain health.


Jean Shafiroff

Daryl Simon (Gala Chair) Robin Meltzer

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (Gala Founder) Sharon Bush

Michele and Larry Herbert (Honorees) Nicole Sexton

B. Smith and Dan Gasby (Honoree) Jean Shafiroff

Willie Geist (Emcee) John and Margo Catsimatidis

Brooke Shields Somers Farkas

Kimberly Williams-Paisley Chele Chiavacci Farley

Ray Kelly Margo Nederlander

Hunt Slonem Karyn Kornfeld

Patty Smyth McEnroe Carleton Varney

Brendan Shanahan Harold Koda

Yaz Hernandez Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

Olivia Jordan Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney

Wednesday, August 05, 2015



Photos By Tom Fitzgerald

Jean Shafiroff

Margo And John Catsimatidis

Lucia Hwong Gordon

Jean Shafiroff With Nancy Stone And Jean Remmel FitzSimmon

Jean And  Martin Shafiroff With Ellen And Chuck Scarborough

 (Southampton, NY) — Benefit Chair Jean Remmel FitzSimmons, Honorary Chair Howard Lorber, Underwriting Chair Jean Shafiroff, Southampton Hospital President & CEO Robert Chaloner and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed over 750 supporters to the Southampton Hospital’s 57th Annual Summer Party, themed Fantasia.

The night raised over $1.3 million to provide critical support for the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department. The festive evening was emceed by Chuck Scarborough and brought out supporters including Martin and Audrey Gruss, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Margo and John Catsimatidis,Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Dottie Herman, Jay McLaughlin and David Arquette.

Martin Shafiroff And Steven Schutzer

Joy Marks

Melanie Wambold And Allison Morrow


John Wegorzewski With Ann Ligouri And Scott Vallary

Sara Herbert Galloway
This year’s tent was transformed into a black & white masterpiece, right down to the tiled dance floor, by the imagination and creativity of Tony Urrutia. Guests enjoyed an elegant catered dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra that kept everyone on their feet. The night’s live auction included fine jewelry from LJ Cross and House of Murat. Jean Remmel FitzSimmons told guests in attendance, “I’ve had a wonderful ride with my work for the Hospital. The last ten years have been so much fun.” Robert Chaloner thanked everyone for their support and shared his excitement about the partnership with Stony Brook and for the upcoming Capital Campaign, which will be led by Howard Lorber, to build a new Southampton Hospital. The Southampton Hospital’s Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department, is the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, treating more than 25,000 people annually. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015



Photos By: Owen Hoffman/Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jonathan McCann With Chuck Scarborough

Beth Ostrosky Stern

Dr. Frank Weiser With Martin Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff With Beth Ostrosky Stern And Jonathan McCann

Margo Catsimatidis With Jean Shafiroff, Carolyn Maloney And John Catsimatidis

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its 6th Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 18th at a sold out event at a private waterfront residence on Gin Lane in Southampton. Gala chair Jean Shafiroff and Board President Jonathan McCann hosted this year’s Great Gatsby themed event, which honored Leslie Alexander & Liz Brown, Brigid Fitzgerald and Michael Katz and Domenic J. Marino, DVM, DACVS.

Beth Ostrosky Stern came out to support Mrs. Shafiroff and the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, Anna Throne Holst, John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo. Honorary Corporate Chairs for the Unconditional Love Gala included Ferguson Cohen, LLP and Sequin Jewelry.

Master of ceremonies Chuck Scarborough welcomed over 300 guests including, Board Member Robert Lohman, Cliff and Raya Knight, Martin Shafiroff, Sharon Bush, Liliana Cavendish, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Jean Remmel Fitzsimmons, Wendy Wegner, Amy Cosman, Flo Anthony and Jill Rappaport, in addition to Junior committee members Elizabeth Shafiroff, Katie McEntee and Lindsey Spielfogal, who enjoyed dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra.

The real stars of the evening were the cutest cats and puppies, seven adult and baby Chihuahuas and a loveable bulldog mix who were all up for adoption. Proceeds raised from the Unconditional Love Gala help SASF to continue to care for over 1,200 homeless animals per year and funds raised during the night’s cash call went to support the spay/neuter program at the shelter clinic as well as the mobile low cost van granted to the Shelter by the ASPCA. Proceeds from the event also supported the SASF’s work with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find homes for adult dogs rescued from puppy mills, with The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia to take in dogs on death-row and find them permanent homes, and with the ASPCA to save dogs from cruelty and disaster situations and place them in safe homes. The Shelter also runs programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF's "Playing For Life" program, created by the SASF's former Training & Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, which is currently in 100 shelters and highlighted at the major animal conferences throughout the U.S.

Thursday, November 20, 2014



Photos By: James Edstrom

Rita Cosby

Dionne Warwick With Rita Cosby

Kimberly Guilfoyle With Andrea Tantaros, Ainsley Earhardt, Robert Davi And Rita Cosby

John And Margo Catsimatidis With Geraldo Rivera

Paul Sorvino With Rita Cosby And Robert Davi

Eduardo Verastegui With David Henrie

Pauline Youngblood With Rita Cosby And Jason Toth

Jean Shafiroff With Tomaczek Bednarek And John Catsimatidis

Tomaczek Bednarek

Robert Davi Sings Sinatra

Dionne Warwick With Granddaughter Cheyenne Elliott

Geraldo Rivera

Dominic Chianese

Rita Cosby With Ernie Anastos

Joycelyn Engle With Larry Romano

The Cake Boss Patriotic Birthday Cake

Rita Cosby With James Edstrom

Rita Cosby With Ian Miller And Tomaczek Bednarek

Ambassador Shavendra Silva With Rita Cosby And Dr. Wije Kottahachchi

Rita Cosby With General Loree Sutton

Amy Freeze With Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby With Tomaczek Bednarek

Laura Ingle With Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby And Ali Velshi

Blessing Offor With Rita Cosby

Rita Cosby With Carmen Marc Valvo

Cheryl Casone With Heather Childers

Sukanya Krishnan WPIX News

An unforgettable evening at the Edison Ballroom Monday night where top stars from every walk of life came out to honor acclaimed TV and Radio Host Rita Cosby for her 50th Birthday.

Legendary songbird Dionne Warwick started the night with a beautiful duet with her granddaughter and rising starlet Cheyenne Elliott, and then sang “Happy Birthday” to Rita Cosby, the first of many inspiring accolades that night.

The star-studded line-up included emcee Geraldo Rivera, Actors Robert Davi (who gave an amazing performance singing Sinatra songs) and Sopranos star Dominic Chianese, singer Blessing Offor from “The Voice” and award-winning singer Tomaczek Bednarek, who got the packed ballroom of one thousand people passionately cheering “USA, USA!”

Actor David Henrie and Actor, Producer and Philanthropist Eduardo Verastegui gave a great sneak peak of their new upcoming film “Little Boy,” about a young boy hoping his father will return safely from WWII.

Cosby wore a stunning and elegant Carmen Marc Valvo gown, and spoke about her POW father Richard Cosby, who was rescued by US troops in 1945.

Event sponsors included the presenting sponsor The John and Margo Catsimatidis Foundation, also ReWalk, Morgan Stanley, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, P.A.V.A., and Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, which had a fabulous booth showcasing its glamorous products on the mezzanine.

The all-star event committee included Donald Trump, Michael Bolton, Vince McMahon, Susan Sarandon, Tony Orlando, Gary Sinese, Natalie Morales and Medal of Honor Recipient Jack Jacobs. The evening ended with the A-list crowd of stars and wounded warriors singing happy birthday to the Emmy-Winning journalist with an enormous patriotic cake by none other than the Cake Boss. To help the wounded warriors, go to