American Humane Honors Jean Shafiroff As Humane Hero At ‘Howl At The Moon’ Cocktail Party

August 4, 2022

As the sun set over the Wolffer Estate vineyard Wine Stand in Sagaponack, American Humane hosted a special cocktail party, Howl at the Moon.

The event was to honor American Humane Board Member Jean Shafiroff as a Humane Hero. Jean Shafiroff, who is an American Humane board member, has been the national spokesperson for the Feed the Hungry campaign which raised $1 million to provide 1 million meals at over 100 shelters and has hosted several fundraisers since its launch.

While helping raise funds, Jean also donated generously to the cause and has appeared on national television programs numerous times for interviews promoting the campaign.

The vineyards provided the perfect backdrop to the event was a tremendous success with over 150 guests, many of whom brought their own dogs – which only added to the fun evening.  

Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Society’s President & CEO started things off talking about the significance of the event before introducing Philanthropist and American Humane Board member, Jean Shafiroff.

Jean gave a speech announcing that she was honored to serve as National Spokesperson for the American Humane Society.

Notable attendees included Jean Shafiroff, Jack Hubbard (CFO American Humane) Jay Schneiderman, (Southampton Town Supervisor), Robert Chaloner (President Southampton Hospital), Mirella Cameron Riley, Brenda Simmon (President of The Southampton African American Museum), Steven Stoleman,  Loretta Davis (President of the Retreat), Laura Sheehan, Meghan McCartney, Dawn Assenzio, Jane Hanson, Bill McCuddy, Lee Fryd, Steven Stoleman and Sylvia Hemmingway.

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, humanitarian, TV host, writer, and the author of the book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give“. Jean is often referred to as “the first lady of philanthropy” by the press because of her generosity and extensive work as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the philanthropic world.

She serves on the boards of many charitable organizations and each year chairs upwards of eight different charity galas. Among the many causes, she champions are those involved in women’s rights, rights of the underserved, health care, and animal welfare.

Jean serves on the boards of the American Humane, Southampton Hospital Association, NYC Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, Casita Maria, NY Women’s Foundation, Global Strays, New York Women’s Foundation, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board.

A Catholic, she served on the board of the Jewish Board for 28 years and now is one of their honorary trustees.

 Jean served as the national spokesperson for the American Humane’s “Feed the Hungry” Covid-19 program, an initiative that raised $1,000,000 to provide food for over 1,000,000 animals living in 109 different shelters across the United States. 

She is the Ambassador for the Southampton Animal Shelter. 

For her philanthropy Jean has been honored many times by groups including the American Humane, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, Surgeons of Hope, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, Health Advocates for Older People, Youth Counselling League, the NYC International Film Festival Foundation, the Jewish Board, and the Hadassah.

In December 2020 Dan’s Paper named her Philanthropist of the Year at their Long Island Power Women’s Award Ceremony.

Jean is the producer and host of the television show “Successful Philanthropy” which airs six times weekly through LTV studios in East Hampton, NY, and then several times each week on Sun20TV in Southampton, NY.

On her TV program Jean interviews politicians, celebrities, business and philanthropic leaders, and has even on one occasion interviewed a U.S. presidential candidate.

For more information about Jean Shafiroff, please visit

American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, overseeing the humane treatment of more than one billion animals across the globe each year.

Founded in 1877, American Humane has been First to Serve™ the cause of animals and for 145 years has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the humane movement.

For more information or to support our lifesaving work, please visit, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and subscribe to our channel on YouTube for the latest breaking news and features about the animals with whom we share our Earth.

Photo credit: 1) Laura Sheehan, Jean Shafiroff, Brenda Simmons. 2) Jack Hubbard, Jean Shafiroff, Jessica Lawten, Brittany Heyne. 3-5) By Patrick McMullan.

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