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Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff Striking in a Spectacular Blue Ballgown at the El Museo del Barrio Gala in New York City.

Once again the celebrity philanthropist Jean Shafiroff stunned the crowd at the El Museo del Barrio Gala. For this year's El Museo Gala held at the Plaza Hotel recently.  Ms. Shafiroff wore a couture gown by the designer Victor dE Souza. Her blue and green gown was hand embroidered and resembled a flower about to bloom. Jean Shafiroff attended the Gala with the designer Victor dE Souza.

Jean Shafiroff With Victor De Souza

Founded in 1969, El Museo del Barrio specializes in Latin American and Caribbean art, with an emphasis on works from Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican community in New York City. El Museo del Barrio, often known simply as El Museo (the museum) is a museum located towards the northern end in the neighborhood of Museum Mile, immediately north of the Museum of the City of New York and south of the future Museum for African Art. For. more information go to

Photos Courtesy Of: BFA / El Museo 

Friday, May 18, 2018



Jean Shafiroff With Victor dE Souza

Fashion icon Jean Shafiroff along with designer Victor de Souza looked stunning at the Surgeons Of Hope Gala. The event raised over 300 thousand to support lifesaving programs in Latin America. 

153 guests attended the gala dinner and charity auction to benefit surgeons of hope (SOH) and to honor the memory of Michel Berty, one of the most influential board members of the Foundation.

Jean Shafiroff & Charles-Edouard Catherine

The Gala began with a video tribute to Michel Berty, who passed away
in February. The evening also included comments from SoH’s President Dr. Da Cruz; SoH’s Board Member Michel Longchampt; SoH’s Executive Director Charles-Edouard Catherine; graceful transitions by our emcee and CNN Entertainment Reporter Chloe Melas, and a Live auction led by Christina Williams from Sotheby’s.

The beautiful salon of le Bernardin Prive brightened the evening for
our guests, who were welcomed with champagne donated by Mario Rinaldi. A four-course meal by Chef Eric Ripert followed, each course paired with wine donated by Acker Wine to accentuate one’s dining experience. Witty and charming bidding during the live auction rewarded several guests with vacations to Panama and the South of France, including business-class tickets donated by Air France; a lithograph by Joan Miro and exceptional wine packages.

Organizing an event such as this one wouldn’t be possible without the
key contribution of our Gala committee and the great work of our
staff. Thank you all for making this possible!

A special thank you to: Acker Wine, Air France, Publicis Health,
l'Oreal, Jean-Pierre & Michele Altier, Karine Anidjar, Orly Beigel,
Patricia Cartin, Paul Chaffard, David and Tal Chitayat, Yann
Coatanlem, Jules Coulaud, Arnaud de Vienne, Donald and Ana-Clemencia Fox, Adeline Granerau, Wilfrid Groizard, Thierry Huck, Andre and Kathleen Istel, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Michael and Allison Katz, Michel and Odile Longchampt, Daniela Nikolova, Judith O'Neill, Robert and Pascale Pine, Fred and Nancy Poses, Matthieu Salvignol, Sophie Schyler, Dr. Michael and Mary Ushay and David and Jane Walentas.

Photos Courtesy Of: Surgeons Of Hope

Sunday, May 13, 2018



Photographs By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff @ NYC Ballet

Jean Shafiroff With Victor dE Souza

Spotted - Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was spotted at the May 3, 2018 NYC Ballet Gala wearing a striking couture gown by fashion designer Victor dE Souza. The glamorous New York society woman and philanthropist who is known for her striking collection of ball gowns, never seems to

Jean Shafiroff With Mikhail Baryshnikov

 For the NYC Ballet Gala Mrs. Shafiroff wore a pleated couture gown
with matching opera length gloves. Both the gown and gloves were
encrusted with subtle sequins and fashion jewels. Mrs. Shafiroff , a
true crowd-pleaser for her looks and sweet personality, was seen
chatting with the Russian ballet star, Mikhail Baryshnikov. Mr.
Baryshnikov is considered to be one of the great ballet dancers in

For more information on NYC Ballet go to

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Champions for Children Gala

Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff With Martin Shafiroff

New York, N.Y.  -- The New York City Mission Society held its annual Champions for Children Gala on This week to support educational programs and supportive services that help youth and families in New York City’s underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. This year’s Gala Co-Chairs were Katrina & Don Peebles, Leah & Stanley H. Rumbough, and Jean & Martin Shafiroff.

Michele Herbert And Lucia Hwong Gordon

The Gala, attended by more than 330 people, was held at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle overlooking Central Park, and featured music, dance, and a program including awards presentations.

B Michael And Valerie Simpson

Elsie McCabe Thompson With Anthony Marx

Laurance Kaiser & Margo Langenberg
Legendary Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Urban One, Inc. (which includes TV One and Radio One), received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her myriad, trailblazing accomplishments in media, and Mannie Jackson, 2017 Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and President, Mannie Jackson for the Humanities Foundation, received the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award, named after the longtime actor and philanthropist whose family has supported the Mission Society for generations.

Other awards were presented to: LTC Francis W. Kairson, Jr., Ret., Director Emeritus, of the Mission Society; BNY Mellon; and, International Flavors & Fragrances.

“We are celebrating those who have been committed to empowering others to achieve their dreams,” said Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. They embody a profound commitment to make the world a better place, one full of promise and of opportunity, particularly for our younger generations.”

Natalie Ross And Eric Ross

WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, a longtime supporter of the Mission Society, emceed the event, C. Hugh Hildesley, Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s, served as auctioneer, and Alex Donner and his Orchestra and students from Mission’ Society’s free afterschool GRIOT music program performed.

Reflecting on the Mission Society’s storied history, Ms. McCabe Thompson spoke about the organization’s increased focus on education through initiatives such as Learning to Work, the free afterschool music program GRIOT, and the summer and afterschool program, Power Academy, and its plans to provide even more opportunities in the future.

“From our earliest days, we have provided access to services. We have created programs that have benefited people who needed a chance, but who didn’t always see a light at the end of their tunnel,” she said. “For 206 years we have opened doors, we have changed lived, and we have brought out the best in those we served - - individuals who had ability, but often came to us without the skills or self-confidence to realize their full potential.

Gala Champions were: International Flavors & Fragrances; Katrina & Don Peebles; Leah & Stanley Rumbough; and Jean & Martin Shafiroff. Visionaries are: BNY Mellon; Fiona & Stanley Druckenmiller; and, Yemi & Patrick Vatel. Advocates are: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’ MacFarlane Partners; and, Stifel Financial Corporation.

Among the notable attendees at the event were: Jean & Martin Shafiroff, Don & Katrina Peebles, Amelia Ogunlesi, Yemi & Patrick Vatel, b. Michael, Valerie Simpson, Elsie McCabe Thompson, William Thompson, Cathy Hughes, Mannie Jackson, Victor DeSouza, Randi Schatz, Tanja Dreiding Wallace, Anthony Marx, Michele Herbert, Lucia Hwong Gordon.

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, 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.

Friday, January 05, 2018


Jean Shafiroff In Fashion

Jean Shafiroff And Victor de Souza

Recently Philanthropist and Stye Icon JEAN SHAFIROFF surprised guests in a massive "broken mirrors" couture gown and matching 'broken mirrors" gloves at the NY Botanical Gardens Winter
Wonderland Gala. The edgy pale lilac mirrored ballgown was designed by Harlem based fashion designer Victor dE Souza.

About the NY Botanical Gardens

The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs. For more information go to

Photo Courtesy Of:  BFA Photos

Friday, October 20, 2017



Photos By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff With Ernie Anastos

Victor De Souza And Justin Lujan

New York Lifestyles Magazine hosted a party celebrating author, philanthropist and September cover star Jean Shafiroff. The invitation-only event took place at the Jue Lan Club restaurant.

David Arquilla

Notable attendees included Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Ernie Anastos, Bo Dietl, Arlene Lazare, Allen Lazare, Bill Mason, Carol Wilkinson, Craig Dix, Frederick Anderson, Simona Gjokikj, Shameda Shah, George Wayne, Alyson Cariefo, Lauren Levison, Victor de Souza, Justin Lujan, Scott Elkins, Missy Hargraves, David Arquilla, Shannon Hales, Dawne Marie Grannum, Jonathan LeWinter, Diane Kirksey, Katlean DeMonchy, Lee Fryd, Flo Anthony, Dara Mirjahangiry and Frederico Wasserman.

Missy Hargraves

Dawne Marie Grannum

Bo Dietl
In her cover story interview for the publication, Jean speaks at length on the importance of teaching younger generations the value in giving to others. “One of the greatest gifts parents can give to their children is to teach them the importance of philanthropy and helping people and animals in need,” she tells the publication. Jean also discusses the importance of teachers and parents educating children on the value of giving at home and in school, and of early involvement in appropriate community service activities for children of all ages. “We are the role models for our children and future generations. As responsible parents, relatives, and citizens, we bear the duty of service as positive role models to teach future generations to give back,” Jean tells the New York Lifestyles Magazine. “The world we build and cultivate today is the world that our children will inherit tomorrow.”

Jue Lan Club, formerly home to New York’s famous Limelight nightclub, provided an intimate yet lively setting for the party, where guests enjoyed modern Chinese hors d’Oeuvres as well as wine and cocktails.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Jean Shafiroff

NEW YORK CITY - Philanthropist and Fashion Icon, Jean Shafiroff Stunning at NY Philharmonic 2017 106 Virtuosos All Stars Opening Night gala concert at Lincoln Center in New York City on September 19 2017.

The Glamorous philanthropist, Miss Shafiroff made a striking entrance at the 2017 NY Philharmonic Gala in a couture gown designed by Victor dE Souza.

Jean Shafiroff With Victor De Souza

This year's NY Philharmonic Gala raised over $2.1 million with over 700 people attending. Musical Director, Designate Jaap van Zweden led Mahler's Symphony No. 5. Long time supporter Alec Balwin and wife Hilaria Baldwin , along with Adrienne Vittadini , Itzhak Perlman , NY Philharmonic Chairman Oscar S. Schafer and NY Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda were among those attending. For more information and concert tickets go to

Photos Courtesy Of Jim Celeste / Patrick McMullan / Getty Images

Sunday, August 27, 2017



Photos By: Patrick McMullan & Tom Fitzgerald / Society In Focus
Jean Shafiroff And Don Lemon

HAMPTONS -- $300,000 was raised at the recent UNCF “A Mind Is . . .” Hamptons Summer Benefit benefiting deserving New York area students. More than 400 guests attended the Aug. 5-6 benefit weekend events, which were held at the private residences of Nancy Silberkleit, co-CEO of Archie Comics, and Lyn and E.T. Williams Jr., Frank Baker, co-founder and managing partner of Siris Capital Group, LLC and Dr. Ronald A. Johnson, president of Clark Atlanta University, were honored with the Keepers of the Flame award for being champions of diversity and education.

Joe Madison, SiriusXM Urban View radio talk show host, was master of ceremonies. Jane Carter, Errol Taylor, Desiree Watson, William Pickens III, Jean Shafiroff and Paula Taylor were co-chairs for the events on Saturday and Sunday. Dr. Michael Lomax, UNCF president and CEO, delivered remarks on UNCF’s impact in the state of New York and the importance of community support.

Victor dE Souza

“Where else can you come together to send kids to college, but in such elegant surroundings in the midst of a Hamptons summer,” said Lomax. “With the support of the community, whom we call our army of advocates, UNCF has invested almost $2 million in college scholarships for New York students, millions of dollars in cash support and technical assistance for our 37 member HBCUs and the almost 1,300 New York students who attend them.”

Earl Graves

Elsie McCabe Thompson With David Walker, Jean Shafiroff & Flo Anthony

In its 72-year history, UNCF has raised more than $4.5 billion to support minority students’ quest for better futures. Events such as these are made possible by the admirable support of community and corporate partners such as this year’s “A Mind Is . . .” Hamptons Summer Benefit platinum sponsors, Siris Capital Group, LLC and Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Additional sponsors were Loida Lewis; the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation; Sidley Austin LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; RBC Capital Markets; Wellness Interactive; Adam and Stacy Coyle; Christina Lewis Halpern; Moët Hennessy USA; Notorious Pink Rosé; Jean, Martin, Jacqueline and Elizabeth Shafiroff; Sankofa Global Project; Errol and Paula Taylor; Zelnick Media Capital; Stifel; and Jeff and Caren Hendren.

Dawne Marie Grannum & Paula Taylor

Emily Nichols-Mitchell And Dr. Kimberly Williams

Media partners were SiriusXM, World Bride Magazine, The Independent and Dee & Co. and MLM Presents.

Guests in attendance included such notables as Don Lemon, Earl Graves, Flo Anthony, Elsie McCabe Thompson and Dale Mason Cochran.

The electrifying weekend included a VIP brunch, silent auction, entertainment by Kym Hampton and Flow and a student testimonial from UNCF Gates Millennium Scholar, Rahim Mahmoud (Rutgers University, 2018) and Clark Atlanta Alumnus of the Class of 2007, Kevin Brown, CEO of Legacy Thinking Labs and founder of Debt Free College Academy.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Jean Shafiroff With Victor de Souza

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Celebrating Fourth of July in Harlem with Fashion Designer Victor dE Souza.

Jean Shafiroff joined a small party held at the home of Victor dE Souza on July 4, 2017. In attendance were comedian TJ Miller and actress wife Kate Miller.

A great time was held by all. The theme American/Argentinian Barbecue for the 4th of July! Jean Shafiroff wore a striking red jumpsuit designed by Victor dE Souza.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017



Photographs By: Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff With Victor de Souza

New York  – The New York Academy of Medicine honored Richard N. Merkin, MD Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Provider Network; Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health at Merck & Co., Inc.; and Academy President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, at its annual Gala recently at Cipriani 25 Broadway. The Gala honored visionary leadership in urban health, as well as outstanding journalism on issues affecting the health of people living in cities.

Dr. George E. Thibault

Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford
Nearly 400 guests gathered for the event, including a number of dignitaries from the health and social services sector: Dr. Howard Zucker, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health; Sylvia Pirani, Director, Office of Public Health Practice, New York State Department of Health; Anne Marie Theresa Sullivan, Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health; Dr. Sonia Angell, Deputy Commissioner of Prevention and Primary Care, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Dr. Donna Corrado, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging; and Stanley Brezenoff, Acting President and CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals.

The Academy honored Dr. Merkin for his visionary work in improving population health through physician-led, patient-centered, integrated healthcare. View the video of highlights from the event produced by Heritage Provider Network.

“I am deeply honored to receive the visionary global leader award in healthcare delivery, innovation and philanthropy from the New York Academy of Medicine,” said Dr. Merkin. “I share and applaud their deep commitment and vision for healthy cities through improved healthcare that impacts the lives of millions of New Yorkers. The work of the Academy and its members leads us to critical, lifesaving breakthroughs impacting the intersection of science and technology, never more critically important than now.”

The Academy honored Dr. Gerberding for her vision and leadership in establishing Merck for Mothers, which improves the health and well-being of mothers during pregnancy and childbirth in more than 30 countries around the world. In its first five years, the initiative has helped more than 6 million women worldwide with preventive and family planning services.

Jean Shafiroff And Dr. Yonette F. Thomas


“Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth,” Dr. Gerberding said. “Together with our partners, we are focused on implementing inventive approaches, partnerships and solutions to help create a world where no woman dies giving birth. I’d like to thank the New York Academy of Medicine for the recognition and opportunity to bring attention to the issue of maternal mortality”

The Academy honored Dr. Boufford as the 2017 Urban Health Champion for her extraordinary dedication, vision and leadership in urban health and global population health, both throughout her career and in her decade-long tenure as president of the Academy, which concludes this year. Also announced at the event was the establishment of the Jo Ivey Boufford East Harlem Initiative Fund, with support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, James Flynn, and George and Barbara Thibault.

Michael Stocker And Pat Wong

“I’m very honored to receive this award and happily accept it on behalf of the incredibly talented and dedicated staff, our Fellows and our partners from around the City, State, nation and the globe,” Dr. Boufford said. “I look forward to working as an active Fellow of the Academy to continue improving population health in New York City and cities around the world.”

Dr. Richard Merkin And Jay Gellert

At the event, the Academy also awarded the 2017 Urban Health Journalism Prize to Jay Hancock, Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News, for the project “Health Care in Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood: Baltimore’s Other Divide.” Three finalists were also recognized for their outstanding work: Nancy Cambria of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Michael Cooper of the Springfield, Ohio News-Sun, and Liz Szabo for coverage in USA Today. The prize is awarded annually for superior media coverage on topics addressing the distinct challenges and opportunities for the health of people living in cities.

“I thank the Academy for the work you do and for the award, which puts a focus on a defining attribute of American health care that we need to work on to improve,” Hancock said.

Cheryl Wills, Spectrum News NY1 Anchor, acted as Master of Ceremony. The Gala Chairs were George and Barbara Thibault, James and Kerianne Flynn, Michael and Lori Milken, and Mark and Ellen Wagar. The Gala Committee included John and Margo Catsimatidis, John Damonti, Barbara Green, Marc and Pam Grodman, Stanley and Debbie Lefkowitz, Ellen Rautenberg, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Edward Shortliffe and Vimla Patel, and Cheryl Wills.

About The New York Academy of Medicine

The New York Academy of Medicine advances solutions that promote the health and well-being of people in cities worldwide.

Established in 1847, The New York Academy of Medicine continues to address the health challenges facing New York City and the world’s rapidly growing urban populations. We accomplish this through our Institute for Urban Health, home of interdisciplinary research, evaluation, policy, and program initiatives; our world class historical medical library and its public programming in history, the humanities and the arts; and our Fellows program, a network of more than 2,000 experts elected by their peers from across the professions affecting health. Our current priorities are healthy aging, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities. For more information, visit
About Heritage Provider Network Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) is on the cutting edge of the accountable care model of healthcare delivery: coordinated, patient-doctor centric, integrated health care systems that represent the future of health care in the United States. HPN and its affiliates operate in New York, California and Arizona providing high quality, cost effective healthcare to over one million individuals and are dedicated to quality, affordable health care, and putting patients' wellness first. (

About Merck for Mothers

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world - including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer's disease and infectious diseases including HIV and Ebola. For more information, visit

Monday, June 12, 2017



Jean Shafiroff In Unicorn Gown

Jean Shafiroff And Victor dE Souza

Jean Shafiroff recently attended the NY Botanical Gardens Gala and surprised the crowd by wearing a massive red "Unicorn Gown" designed by designer Victor dE Souza.

The celebrity philanthropist turned heads in Mr. dE Souza's beautiful silk and tulle couture gown.

The NY Botanical Garden's Gala is always an event that the social set looks forward to attending each June. This year's Gala showcased the spectacular glass work of Dale Chilhuly. The Chihuly exhibit remains on display through October 29, 2017. For more information on the exhibits at the NY Botanical Gardens, go to

About NYBG

The New York Botanical Garden located in the Bronx, NY, is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs.

Photos by BFA Photography