Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEWS. Show all posts

Monday, September 03, 2018


Facebook Is Down

Facebook is down and out. For the past 10 minutes, Facebook has been down. We are wondering if they were hacked or something. It was only a matter of time before they got hacked. We wonder how much information they got on me this time!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018



Story By Bennett Marcus For Social Life
Jean Shafiroff On Social Life Cover

Jean Shafiroff is full of energy when we speak in late July, just days after serving as honorary chair for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s Unconditional Love Gala, one of the summer’s prestigious events. That same weekend, Shafiroff hosted fourteen people - and five dogs - at her Hampton’s house.

She anticipated a slightly quieter time the following weekend, when she’d have “not as many” - eight - people staying at her home. That weekend, on July 28, she’d be chairing another charity gala, for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which ensures access to state of the art breast health services, including breast cancer screenings, treatment and support. 

But Shafiroff enjoys playing hostess. “I am certainly happy to have people come over,” she says. And she absolutely loves her life’s work, philanthropy. “I love the work I do,” she says. “It gives me a sense of purpose, and I feel very lucky to be able to do it. It is hard work, but my life is philanthropy, and I feel it's very important to support local, national and international charities.

Jean Shafiroff At Home In Southampton

Steven M. Bernstein, president of the Southampton Hospital Foundation, praised Shafiroff’s tireless devotion. “While the etymology of the concept of ‘Doing well by doing good’ is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the behavior is quintessential Jean Shafiroff,” he said. “She evokes the true spirit of giving, philanthropy, and volunteerism every day of her life in her passion for and service to important causes and organizations.”

Enthusiastically supporting such causes is her life’s calling. “I don’t play golf or tennis,” she says, although she works out daily. “I’m social, but I’d just as soon socialize around causes than just go out to dinners.”

One of her inspirations is a quote from author David E. Trueblood, a Quaker who was chaplain at both Harvard and Stanford Universities: “It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will someday give shade to people he will never meet.”

Jean Shafiroff In Stunning Fashion

As we speak, Shafiroff is looking ahead at the rest of the Hamptons season. On August 4, she and her husband, Martin Shafiroff, serve as chairs of the president’s committee for the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Summer Party, and on August 6, Shafiroff will receive Hadassah’s woman of the year award at the annual Westhampton luncheon. “I am very honored,” she says. “As a Catholic, I am most honored to receive this recognition from Hadassah.”

Later in August Shafiroff will co-chair the UNCF Hamptons summer benefit, recognizing those making extraordinary contributions in the field of education.

And she has been devoting her time and energy to the charity swirl since the beginning of the season, co-chairing the American Heart Association Hamptons Heart Ball in June, and hosting 150 people at her home for a cocktail reception benefiting Southampton Hospital.

“I have been very busy,” Shafiroff says with understatement. “It's been a working summer, but I’m enjoying it.”

She loves everything about the Hamptons from the spectacular beaches to the variety among the different towns. “Sag Harbor is like being in New England, and Montauk is so different from Southampton, it is now very young and hip,” she says. She loves the circa 1796 Montauk Lighthouse. “Taking a ride to Montauk and going inside that lighthouse, it's as if taking a walk back in time, in history.”

She also enjoys exploring the smaller museums, like the Southampton Historical Museum and the Water Mill Museum. “It is just fascinating; the history adds another dimension to the beauty of the Hamptons.”

Shafiroff acknowledges that this summer she hasn’t had much free time to indulge in ocean swims or visiting her favorite spots, but hopes to have more time toward the end of the season.

A full time philanthropist, Shafiroff admires how year-round Hamptons residents are very involved in volunteering in the community. “It’s wonderful to see that the spirit of philanthropy is alive in the Hamptons. In many ways, the Hamptons serves as a role model for other communities in this regard.”

Jean Shafiroff Poolside At Home

In her book, “Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give,” Shafiroff included the East End in the section entitled “Cities of Giving.” With affluent summer residents flocking to the Hamptons, she notes in the book, a large number of charities hold events there throughout the season. “Charity is very much a part of the fabric and culture of the Hamptons. Each year, more and more nonprofits reach out to the Hamptons to seek the support of the summer residents. Local, national, and international charities all hold events in the Hamptons,” the passage concludes.

Shafiroff would like to see the American model of philanthropy adopted in other countries. “The idea of global philanthropy is something I’m very interested in, and I would like to help promote this concept in any way I can.”

After a hectic summer of working on many philanthropic causes and being a gracious hostess to friends and family, Shafiroff will not take a breather; she will immediately jump into action back in Manhattan this fall.

On September 5, she will co-chair the Couture Council Awards luncheon, a benefit for the Museum at FIT, honoring Narciso Rodriguez. Shafiroff has long been active in this event, and she is passionate about fashion, and considers it a hobby.

On September 17, she’ll host a large cocktail party in her Park Avenue home for the New York Women’s Foundation. The organization will hold a gala in mid-October at the Plaza, for which Shafiroff is a co-chair. Around the same time, Shafiroff will be honored at the Dominican Women's Development Center's 30th Anniversary Gala. On Halloween, she will co-chair the French Heritage Society Gala at the Plaza.

Attending numerous benefits, Shafiroff is often seen in ball gowns, and in 2018, she made the Daily Fashion Report’s Best Dressed list in that category. Others on the list include Anna Wintour and Meghan Markle. “I was in good company!” Shafiroff says with a laugh.

She has been featured in the New York Times, HOLA, Hello! Magazine and many other publications, including the Wall Street Journal, which featured her in its “Donor of the Day” column. Shafiroff also appears regularly on television to promote philanthropic causes.

She serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including the New York City Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, and Global Strays. In addition, she is a New York Women's Foundation Board Alumna who remains very active with the Foundation.

Three areas closest to Shafiroff’s heart are underserved communities, women’s rights, and animal welfare. She’s on the advisory board of the Suffolk County SPCA, and is an ambassador for the American Humane Society and for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

There are a myriad of ways in which everyone can get involved in philanthropy, even those of us with limited financial resources, whether reading to the vision impaired, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or helping with environmental issues. If you want to get started in your community, she advises working for a cause you are passionate about, or one that may have affected you or your loved ones. “There is tremendous need everywhere,” she says.

She has devoted her life to helping others and working to improve society. “We establish ourselves as better human beings when we give,” Shafiroff says. “The world becomes better the moment someone shows kindness and generosity.” And, she believes, we need to teach our children the importance of giving back. “We need to inculcate that in our future generations, so the world can continue to be kinder and gentler.” 

Photos Courtesy Of: Michael Paniccia / Shafiroff Collection

Sunday, August 26, 2018


Barack Obama On Twitter

Barack Obama took to twitter with heartfelt thoughts on the passing of John McCain. Former President Obama has Class!

Saturday, August 25, 2018


Debbie Gibson

Singing legend Debbie Gibson was photographed visiting The BUILD SERIES the other day in New York City.


View Rock Feed Coverage Of Kyle Pavone

Kyle Pavone, a vocalist for the rock band We Came as Romans, has died, according to Amy Sciaretto, a representative for Atom Splitter PR, which represents the band. He was 28.

The band announced Pavone's death in a statement posted on Twitter.

"Kyle's tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates," the statement said. "All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others, and his impressive musical talent." Take the jump and read the full story on CNN.


The Washington Post On John McCain

Arizona Sen. John McCain has died at the age of 81. The famed senator and war hero suffered from brain cancer. Watch the video on the amazing life of this American legend.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Kim Petras

Kim Petras was in beautiful New York City summer fashion when she was photographed at The BUILD SERIES recently in New York City.

Friday, August 17, 2018


Aretha Franklin

I do not know what to say about Aretha Franklin. I photographed her so many times over the years. 

I remember her on The Rolonda Watts show. We filmed a cooking segment and drank champagne backstage. We had so much fun. Then there were the parties at Denise Rich's penthouse overlooking Central Park. I remember one night just laughing up a storm with Aretha. I have so many memories and they are good memories. RIP Aretha!

Monday, August 13, 2018


Kirsten Gillibrand

Christy Turlington

Christy Turlington and Kirsten Gillibrand were photographed at the #WinningWomen discussion at #BlogHer18 Creators Summit in New York City the other day.


Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba was photographed as she speaks during the Honest Beauty closing keynote at BlogHer18 Creators Summit the other day in New York City.


Noah Schnacky

Teen Choice Award nominees stocked up on all-natural Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna spa and skincare products at GBK Productions' 2018 Teen Choice Awards Gifting Suite at Dave & Buster's in Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Award nominees including "Supernatural" TV stars, Georgia Dolenz and Ruth Connell (Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show), social media sensation, Noah Schnacky ("Choice Music Web Star) and "I Feel Pretty" movie star, Adrian Martinez (Choice Comedy Movie) were treated to an array of Beauty Kitchen whimsical sugar scrubs, after-sun aloe spray and cupcake bath bombs.

With it being the weekend before "back-to-school", other Young Hollywood attendees who wanted to keep their selfie game strong with glowing skin including Daytime Emmy Award nominee, Hudson West ("Grey's Anatomy"), model, Kailand Morris (son to Stevie Wonder), actresses Chelsea Alden and Caitlin Carmichael, who all walked away with Beauty Kitchen's popular It Girl Kit for Chaotic Skin featuring a handful of products geared at balancing hormonal teen and young adult skin.

Shanola Hampton

Also stopping by the Beauty Kitchen booth for products was "Shameless" star, Shanola Hampton and The Clement Twins, Ava Marie and Lea Rose, coined "the most beautiful twins in the world" after being discovered on social media several years ago.

About Beauty Kitchen:

Heather Marianna sky rocked in popularity with the launch of her Beauty Kitchen YouTube series in 2012 where she showcased simple, do-it-yourself beauty recipes made with common kitchen household ingredients which generated a powerful following of more than 3 million viewers.

The bubbly social media personality translated her passion for looking and feeling her absolute best into the development of her all-natural beauty and skincare product line, Beauty Kitchen, which delivers an all-encompassing, luxurious at-home spa experience for the modern day glamour girl at an affordable price.

Beauty Kitchen’s innovative offerings include ice-cream scented ABC and 123 soaps, gold-infused collagen breast masks, red wine infused lip masks, pizza bath bombs, champagne-scented bath soaks, lace sheet masks, chocolate sugar scrub and monthly beauty boxes with both mini and full-size box options available – each with a new seasonal theme every month.

Photo Courtesy Of: Andi Gingrich / Beauty Kitchen

Thursday, August 09, 2018


Whitney Casey And Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker and Whitney Casey looked great when she was photographed at #BlogHer18 Creators Summit in New York City yesterday.

Monday, August 06, 2018


Charlotte Rae

CNN -- Charlotte Rae, a gregarious actress with a prodigious career on stage, screen and TV, died on Sunday at the age of 92, her son Larry Strauss told CNN.

She is best known for her role as housekeeper Edna Garrett, first on the sitcom "Diffrent Strokes" and then the spinoff "The Facts of Life," with both shows launching in the 1970s and running several years into the '80s.

She passed away peacefully at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, Strauss said, and was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. A cause of death was not provided.


Friday, August 03, 2018


Jake Miller

Jake Miller was photographed the other day at The BUILD SERIES in New York City.


A Look Back At Season 21 Of The View

We take a look back at Season 21 of The View.

From countless Hot Topics to the biggest stars and political newsmakers, we look back at our favorite moments from this season!

 Courtesy of: ABC / Disney


Dara Renee

Dara Renee was all smiles when she was photographed at The BUILD SERIES the other day in New York City.

Sunday, July 29, 2018


Christian Slater

Christian Slater was photographed out and about in New York City the other day. He also took the time to visit The Build Series.


Glenn Close

Glenn Close was photographed with her puppy the other day as she was heading to The BUILD SERIES in New York City.We just love a celebrity that brings her pet with her. We do the same!

Thursday, July 26, 2018



Photos By: Patrick McMullan
Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff With Rebecca Seawright

Greg Kelly With Judith Grey

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its Ninth Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday July 21st at a beautiful private residence in Southampton. The event sold out for the ninth consecutive year with all proceeds donated to Shelter’s crucial initiatives and daily care of their rescues.

Jean Shafiroff With Greg Kelly

Puppy For Adoption
The Foundation’s Board of Directors led by Board Co-Presidents Clifton Knight and Beau Hulse hosted this year’s event. Gregory D’Elia served as Gala Chairman and Katie McEntee, who is the Shelters Director of Adoptions, served as Junior Chair. Jean Shafiroff, who is Ambassador at Large for the Foundation, served as Honorary Chair. The event’s corporate chairs included Allen & Company, Barbara and Robert Liberman and Stifel. Thirty shelter pets, beautifully groomed for the evening, were on premises for the Gala and deemed Event Honorees.

Jean Shafiroff With Greg D'Elia

Jean Shafiroff And Ava Roosevelt

Mr. D’Elia and his family have been dedicated supporters since the Shelter’s inception. His sense of community history, and perspective on events and community happenings, put him in a unique position in setting the vision for this year’s Gala.

Missy Hargraves

The Gala was held at the stunning Southampton waterfront home of Sandra McConnell. The Foundation is immensely grateful to her for her generosity, which contributed to the huge success of the Gala, and made the evening extra special for all attending.

More than 300 guests joined the Shelter for the evening including: Greg Kelly and his wife Judith Grey, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving and his wife Ellen, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Missy Hargraves, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Howard Lorber, Leslie Alexander, Deborah Hearst, Rosalie Brinton, John Bradham, Sean and Elizabeth Deneny, Wendy Wegner and Jeff Sinaw, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis, Ken and Crystal Meszkat, Henry and Barbara Gooss, Orest and Tish Bliss, Dorothy Frankel, Phyllis and Jeff Cole, Robert Lohman, and Martin Shafiroff with his and Jean Shafiroff’s daughters.

The “Junior” contingent for the evening, with nearly 50 attending, was tremendous and contributed to the energy, vibrant spirit and excitement of the evening. Juniors included Merritt Piro, Charles McConnell, Christina McConnell, Kelly Deneny, Jenny Dwork, Sarah Vacchiano and Marcy Callahan.

Michael Irving And Ellen Irving

The Chris Norton Band was fabulous, providing music for the evening. Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs treated guests to a wonderful dinner.

The Foundation is unique on the East End, taking in animals from all seven villages and 16 hamlets in the Township. With its “open admissions” policy, it accepts all animals – no matter what physical or behavioral condition, or special needs, no matter what medical condition, no matter what age. The shelter also takes in animals from neighboring towns. Shelter services are broad-based. It provides low-cost, mobile veterinary services throughout the region. Plus, it conducts educational classes in local schools on humane animal care.

Katie McEntee And James Marzigliano

The Southampton Animal Shelter is the true “community” shelter on the East End. Most significantly, the shelter’s Medical Services and the Behavior & Training program are unsurpassed. These, along with the professionalism and “match-making skills” of the Adoption Department, are the key to the shelter’s extraordinary adoption rate of 96%. Shelter staff, and its fabulous volunteers, make sure that no animal is left behind!

Wonderful humane care and the stellar adoption rate have earned the Southampton Animal Shelter both great respect in the community and a high level of national recognition. All of the proceeds from the Gala go directly to supporting the Southampton Animal Shelter and the services that make their great work possible.

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Jean Shafiroff Fashion

Best Dressed in Ball Gowns: Jean Shafiroff

Nobody is as associated with ball gowns, or wears them with as much verve, enthusiasm and commitment as philanthropist, businesswoman, and author Jean Shafiroff (her first book, “Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give,” is an inspirational and comprehensive guide to giving).

 She wears a variety of labels, but among those, you will likely see her in quite often are Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Dolce & Gabbana, and customized designs by B. Michael and Victor dE Souza, for whom she is a muse. 

She is not afraid to repeat, has fun with fashion and sees fashion as an art form. Her full-on ball gowns are quite grand and entrance making, and while they are as notable as her tireless charity work, she is always quick to emphasize that it is her philanthropy and humanitarian efforts, which are her top priority.

Photos By: Patrick McMullan