Including Christine Schott Ledes, hosted a luncheon in honor of American Humane at Swifty’s Palm Beach, located at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
Robin Ganzert, the CEO and President of the American Humane, was in attendance to greet guests.
Jean Shafiroff and Robin Ganzert both spoke about the life-changing work of the Feed the Hungry Covid-19 Program.
Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals.
Their leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and humans.
Those in attendance included Jean Shafiroff, Christine Schott Ledes, Robin Ganzert, Patty Raynes, Alex Hamer, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Peter Callahan, Josephine Callahan, Tatiana Platt, Yaz Hernandez, Kim Heirston, Alex Donner, Annette De Lorenzo, Ruth Miller, Holly Holden, Karen Klopp, Stacey Kofeod, Robert Caravaggi, and Pamela O’Connor.
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, 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.
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, 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.
Like every other business or organization in America, rescue shelters are struggling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic.
Thousands of animals are being left without homes and facilities are in desperate need of general supplies.
In response to the overwhelming number of calls received from animal rescuers, shelters and first responders, American Humane launched the Feed the Hungry COVID-19 fund to feed and care for animals across the country who have been abandoned as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
The fund seeks to raise much-needed resources to help shelters and rescue organizations that are not only fighting to keep the lights on, but also to keep critical supplies like food stocked.
For more information, please visit: http://americanhumane.org/initiative/feed-the-hungry-fund/
Photo credit: 1) Jean Shafiroff. 2) Patty Raynes, and Alex Hamer. 3) Peter Callahan, and Josephine Callahan. 4) Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Yaz Hernandez. 5) Alex Donner, and Annette De Lorenzo. 6) Pamela O’Connor, and Kim Renk Dryer. 7) Kim Heirston. 8) Tatiana Platt. By Annie Watt.