August 8, 2018 user

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Honors France with Annual Bastille Day Luncheon Celebrating 2018 World Cup Victory

Jean Shafiroff, Greg Kelly ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan

Jean Shafiroff, Greg Kelly ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan

Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted her Annual Bastille Day Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at traditional French restaurant Omar at Vaucluse in New York City. The luncheon, observing the national French holiday, coincided with France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ victory, giving Shafiroff and her 45 distinguished guests more reason to celebrate.

Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, celebrity Greg Kelly, fashion designers Zang Toi and Victor dE Souza, Margo Catsimatidis, Susan Gutfreund, Liliana Cavendish, Basha Riddick, Ann Rapp, Roy Kean, Larry Kaiser, Laurel Marcus, Annette De Lorenzo, Mani Kamboj, Anka Palitz, Lee Fryd, Christopher Pape, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Maria Fishel, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Alejandra Sacasa, Gilda Sacasa, Matt Rich, Flo Anthony, NBC host Raina Seitel, Lieba Nesis, Erica Katz, Marilyn Gauthier, Tony Brand, Ernest Schmatolla, Marilyn Kirschner, and Alex Donner.

During the patriotic French celebration, Jean Shafiroff paid tribute to the French national soccer team. Speaking highly of the two-time World Cup champions, Shafiroff says, “France played a great game, but this victory won by France was especially thrilling following the French national holiday, Bastille Day.”

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff has served as a board member of the French Heritage Society for approximately seven years. Toasting the French, Mrs. Shafiroff announced that she would make a donation to the French Heritage Society. A strong supporter of the nonprofit organization, Jean Shafiroff is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and promotion of French heritage in America and France.

In honor of Bastille Day and the World Cup victors, the private dining room was decorated with miniature French flags and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ soccer balls – with the same mono-panel design as the Adidas Telstar 18 official match ball.

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

(Photo Credit: Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan)

About Jean Shafiroff:

Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, activist, humanitarian, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How To Make A Life By What You Give, is 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, 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 Foundation Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation, and Global Strays.  In addition, Jean is an Ambassador for the American Humane Society and the Ambassador-at-large for the Southampton Animal Shelter.  She is a New York Women’s Foundation Board Alumna who remains very active with the Foundation and women’s issues.

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, Hello, Hola, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others.

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 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 the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.  Jean is often a guest speaker on TV and radio shows throughout the country.  The subjects she speaks about include philanthropy, human rights, fashion and animal welfare.

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, Surgeons of Hope, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, NYC International Film Festival, 2018 Women’s Leadership Awards hosted by NY State Assembly Woman Rebecca Seawright, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Not only recognized for her dedication to philanthropy; Jean Shafiroff has been widely photographed for her style, looks and extensive ball gown collection. She recently made The Daily Fashion Report’s 2018 “New” Best Dressed List for the “Best Dressed in Ball Gowns”.

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. She has worked both in public finance and private partnerships on Wall Street. Prior to that, she was a physical therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. Jean is married to Martin Shafiroff, an investment advisor, and together they have two daughters who share their mother’s interest in charitable causes. Jean and her family reside in both New York City and Southampton, NY.

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Jean Shafiroff ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Jean Shafiroff, Greg Kelly ©Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan


Zang Toi ©Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan


Marilyn Kirschner ©Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan


Jean Shafiroff, Ernest Schmatolla, Margo Catsimatidis ©Credit: Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan


Annette De Lorenzo, Alex Donner, Anka Palitz ©Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan


Lee Fryd, Roy Kean, Natalie Ross ©Credit: Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan


Christopher Pape, Basha Riddick ©Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan


Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lauren Day Roberts, Chiu-Ti Jansen ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Alejandra Sacasa, Gilda Sacasa ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Matt Rich, Larry Kaiser, Alex Donner ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Jean Shafiroff, Susan Gutfreund ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Jean Shafiroff, Ann Rapp ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Jean Shafiroff, Greg Kelly ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Mani Kamboj ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Atmosphere ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan


Atmosphere ©Michael Ostuni/©Patrick McMullan





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