Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Hosts Global Annual Bastille Day Luncheon With Susan Taylor And More

Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted her Annual Bastille Day Luncheon at the upscale, stylish, art-adorned restaurant Michael’s New York.

The distinguished guests enjoyed a specialty menu in the private dining room that was decorated with French flags in honor of Bastille Day.

Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, NYS Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Malan Breton, Ramona Singer, Zang Toi, Hunt Slonem, Harlem fave Susan B. Taylor, Rita Cobsy, Dr. Penny Grant, Susan Gutfreund, Nicole Noonan, Flo Anthony, Lee Fryd, Ann Van Ness, Randi Schatz, Christopher Cameron, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Marilyn Crawford, Jonathan Marder, Ernest Schmatola, Marilyn Kirschner, Laurel Marcus, Matt Rich, Paola Rosenshein, Peter Thomas Roth, Patricia Shiah, Maria Fishel, Lieba Nesis, Carole Belladora, David Hochberg, Cheri Kaufman, Victoria Wyman, Roy Kean, and Tony Bowles.

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff has served as a board member of the French Heritage Society for approximately eight years.

A strong supporter of the nonprofit organization, Jean Shafiroff is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and promotion of French heritage in America and France.

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.

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, Global Strays, New York Women’s Foundation, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board.

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

In addition, Jean is an ambassador for American Humane and is the national spokesperson for the organization’s “Feed the Hungry” Covid-19 program, an initiative designed to provide food for 1,000,000 shelter animals.

Jean is the ambassador of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and a key donor and volunteer fundraiser for their work.

She is a New York Women’s Foundation Board Alumna who remains very active with the Foundation and with women’s issues in general.

For her philanthropy, Jean has been honored many times by groups including the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, Surgeons of Hope, Harlem’s Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, 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, as well as in New York City on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN): Spectrum Channel 34 and 1995, Verizon/FiOS Channel 33, and RCN Channel 82.

The show will open in additional markets in 2021.

On her TV program, Jean interviews an eclectic mix of leaders in the world of philanthropy as well as actors, artists, business and civic leaders, and even a U.S. presidential candidate.

Photo credit: 1) Malan Breton, Jean Shafiroff, Ramona Singer, Susan Taylor. 2) Jean Shafiroff, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. 3) Susan L. Taylor, Jean Shafiroiff, Zang Toi. 4) Nicole Salmasi, Ann Van Ness, Patricia Shiah. 5) Laurel Marcus. 6) Laurel Marcus. 7) Collin Gage, Victoria Wyman, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Susan Gutfreund, Roy Kean. Photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.


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