Harlem’s Adams, Shafiroff, And More At The Southampton African American Museum’s Summer Benefit

August 16, 2023

The Southampton African American Museum (SAAM) held its annual summer benefit which this year honored.

For the first time, event co-chair and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff in recognition of her support for the museum’s fundraising efforts. The Museum’s first Benefit was co-chaired by Jean Shafiroff, Her husband, Martin Shafiroffalong with Aisha Christian & Michael Steifman at Main Prospect in Southampton, NY.

The aim of the benefit was to support the museum’s campaign to support its operations and endowment.   The Southampton African American Museum, a former Black barber shop opened on Juneteenth, 2021, and is the first African American site to be a historically designated landmark in the Village of Southampton, NY and the first Black barbershop to be transformed into a museum in the United States. There was a special musical performance by Obie Award Winning actor Antwayn Hopper of Broadway hit “Strange Loop”.

Among the many notable guests were: Jean Shafiroff, Martin Shafiroff, Aisha Christian (SAAM board member), Michael Steifman, Executive Director – Brenda Simmons, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, NYS Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, NYS Senator Leroy Comrie, Antwayn Hopper, Judith Kasen-Windsor, Jade Trau, Angela Boyer-Stumpf, Marc Chiffert, Greg D’Elia, Anita Farrington (SAAM board member), Harlem’s Michael Henry Adams, Jeffrey Banks, Nancy Stevens-Smith, Marsin Mogielski, Brigitte Segura, Binh Douglas, Lee Fryd, Patricia Shiah, Tom Shiah, and Hazel Forrester. 

Event décor was provided by Hidden Gems and sponsors included Tods, Jade Trau, Ovando, Jennifer Miller Jewelry, Fresh Direct, Hampton Jitney, Hidden Gems, Utilisave, Dee Benish, Latitude 41, and La Voile Rouge. Media Sponsors included Dan’s Papers, James Lane Post, and The Express-News Group.

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 works extensively as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the philanthropic world. She serves on the boards of 8 charitable organizations and each year chairs upwards of eight to 9 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, Global Strays, New York Women’s Foundation, Casita Maria, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board. A Catholic, she served on the board of the Jewish Board for 28 years and is now one of their honorary trustees. Jean Shafiroff has been honored numerous times by a variety of charitable organizations for her work. Jean Shafiroff is among the leading ladies of the philanthropy world, both nationally and internationally. Jean Shafiroff is an influencer and has over 1.2m Instagram followers.

Photo credit: 1) Michael Henry Adams. 2) Dawne Marie Grannum, Jean Shafiroff, Patricia Shiah. 3) Jeffrey Banks, Fern Mallis. 4). 5) Alessandro Cocco, Georgette Grier-Key, Philip Collins, Brenda Simmons. 6-7) 8) Binh Douglas. 9) Aisha Christian, Angela Boyer-Stump. 9) Robert Grant, Hazel Forrester. 10) Antwayn Hopper.

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