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Showing posts with label LE CIRQUE. Show all posts

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Jean Shafiroff

Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted her Annual Bastille Day Luncheon for 40 guests on Thursday at Le Cirque Restaurant in New York City to honor the French on their national holiday.

Jean Shafiroff With Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia

Dawne Marie Grannum With Lee Fryd And Ann Rapp

George Gurley
During the luncheon, the hostess Jean Shafiroff, wearing a pink and yellow silk Zac Posen dress, toasted the French and then gave a short speech honoring the 86 people who lost their lives to terrorism in Nice on Bastille Day one year ago. She then spoke of the need for our country to unite and avoid fighting with one another during these difficult times. She said our enemies would want to see us fighting with one another so that we would weaken as a nation. Jean then repeated the famous quote, "United we stand, divided we fall", a saying originally attributed to Aesop but then later used by several leaders in the United States including Abraham Lincoln. Ms.Shafiroff announced that she would give a donation to the French Heritage Society in honor of the French and her guests. She has been a board member of the French Heritage Society for approximately 6 years.

Larry Kasier With Geoffrey Bradfield, Craig Dix & Frederico Wasserman

Lieba Nesis With Michele Herbert

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th's Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol the people signaled that the king's authority should be limited by a separation of powers.

Cassandra Seidenfeld With Maggie Norris & Lee Fryd

Jean Shafiroff With Marco Maccioni, Sharon Bush & Margo Langenberg

Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, fashion designers Zang Toi, Maggie Norris, Frederick Anderson and Victor de Souza, best-selling author Nina Burleigh, NY Times feature writers George Gurley and Darold Cuba, Sharon Bush, international decorator Geoffrey Bradfield, writer Ann Rapp, Roy Kean, Rachel Hirschfeld, Craig Dix, Larry Kaiser, Michele Herbert, Janna Bullock, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Lee Fryd, Natalie Ross and Margot Langenberg .

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.

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 particularly 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 Southampton Animal Shelter. 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, Southampton Animal Shelter, Surgeons of Hope, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, and Animal Zone International.

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.

For more information about Jean Shafiroff, please visit:

Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give is available in selected bookstores. 

Monday, July 18, 2016


Jean Shafiroff

Victor De Souza With Kevin Roche

Michael Gross With Geoffrey Bradfield

Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted a Bastille Day Luncheon for close friends recently at Le Cirque Restaurant in New York to honor the French national holiday, Bastille Day. This holiday celebrates the unity of the French people after the Storming of the Bastille prison in Paris, France in 1789.

Jean Shafiroff, a board member of the French Heritage Society in New York City, spoke passionately against the Paris terror attacks that occurred on November 13, 2015. Moments after her luncheon, there would be another terrorist attack this time in Nice, France. On an annual day of celebration, when French people should feel proud and unified, fear rippled through the country after the tragedy.

Lee Fryd With Randi Schatz And Janna Bullock

Lucia Hwong Gordon With Ann Rapp And Roy Kean

Last year, on Sunday, November 15, 2015, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Jean Shafiroff co-hosted a candle light vigil to a packed room of supporters. French-Americans living in New York City commemorated the victims who lost their lives after a terrorist attack in Paris in November of 2015.

Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Best-selling authors Michael Gross and Nina Burleigh, Sharon Bush, CeCe Black, International Decorator Geoffrey Bradfield, Ann Rapp, Roy Kean, Catherine Sabino, Janna Bullock, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Randi Schatz, Victor De Souza, Lee Fryd, Lady Lillian Cavendish, Patricia Shia, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Margot Langenberg, Kevin Roche.

 Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Friday, September 19, 2014


Heather Thomson

Those were Aviva Drescher's famous last words on the season finale of "Real Housewives of New York" as she removed her prosthetic leg and chucked it across the table of Le Cirque. And while viewers sat at home in awe, fellow "RHONY" cast member Heather Thomson looked in the other direction and laughed, remembering that Drescher had conceived of this outrageous plan long before it happened.

Thomson: "In that situation, you saw a lot of different reactions. You saw shock, you saw laughter, you saw, 'Ugh, I'm not surprised.' It was planned by Aviva. She had planned to do this. Call it her swan song or whatever you want to call it."

During her HuffPost Live interview on Wednesday, Thomson recalled how Drescher had told her of her plans to "go after Bravo for a little more money" in exchange for her removing her prosthetic leg.

Thomson: "I knew she was going to pull it off. I said to Kristen [Taekman], I mumbled under my breath, 'Be careful ... she's going to throw her leg at you.' I just had a feeling."

Monday, May 05, 2014



Cole Rumbough

Hurry up and make your reservations for May 19th at 7 pm to hear Cole Rumbough and his jazz trio perform at Sirio Maccioni's Le Cirque Cafe at 151 East 58th Street.

The 23 year old crooner's "musical charms are a throwback to the good old days of elegance, sophistication, and glamour," according to two-time Tony award winning actress, Christine Ebersole. As Dina Merrill's grandson, Cole knows a thing or two about elegance. "I grew up with music all around me and my grandmother's dinner parties always had Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald playing in the background, if not a live jazz quartet." Even her party guests included celebrated icons such as Tony Bennett. Now it's Cole's time to continue the tradition and make sure the Great American Songbook thrives. Cole Rumbough has been singing at Le Cirque regularly since October and even made his debut at The Metropolitan Room this past February. After Cole performed "Pour L'Amour du Chocolat," his original composition that has become his signature crowd pleaser at Jim Caruso's Cast Party at Birdland last week, Liza Minnelli then expressed her approval with a congratulatory handshake. Bring a date and find out what all the buzz is about on May 19th. Call (212) 644-0202 for your $38 prix fixe, 2 course dinner reservations at Le Cirque Cafe. For more information, visit

Photo By: Ann Watt