Love is in the air at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 13th Annual Unconditional Love Gala – Harlem World Magazine


The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s 13th Annual Unconditional Love Gala returned to the Hamptons on a beautiful summer evening on the legendary Gin Lane in Southampton, NY.

The big night has been one of the highlights of this summer season in the East so far. Chaired by Jean Shafiroff, the event honored Jonathan McCann, Founding Chairman of SASF and William Bratton, former New York City Police Commissioner. The honorary president was Georgina Bloomberg. The annual event was the biggest fundraiser for the shelter in more than a decade with a reception, sit-down dinner and dancing. Additionally, a live, silent auction raised much-needed funds for the animals.

Proceeds from this event have directly supported the more than 5,000 animals that pass through SASF’s doors each year.

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, an open-membership, non-killing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is supported exclusively by community donations and grants.

From caring for and finding homes for stray and abandoned animals to providing low-cost veterinary care and training dogs so animals can stay in their homes, the shelter has become a vital resource. in our community. No animal is left behind.

Notable attendees included Bill Bratton, Jean Shafiroff, Jonathan McCann, Martin Shafiroff, Rikki Klieman, Pat Deshong, Rocco DiSpirito, Morgan Oliveira, Southampton City Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Magdalena Schneiderman, NYS MP Rebecca Seawright, Jaclyn Brunckhorst, Greg D’Elia, Mayor Jesse Warren, Martyna Sokol, Jill Rappaport, Kim and Greg Dryer, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Debbie Bancroft, Ian Duke, Elena Gibbs, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Ann Liguori, Susie Wagner, Greg D’Elia, Nancy Stone, Terry Moan, Dede Gotthelf, Eve Brookville and David Hochberg.

Board members of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation are Susan Allen, Beau Hulse, Wendy Wegner, Bonnie Klapper, Renee Schlather, Brigid Fitzgerald, Dorothy Frankel, Sarah Freedman, Jordan Lippner, Marcy MacMillan, DMV, William Matuska and Lorraine Egan. Platinum Vice Presidents include Susan Allen, Allen Wyoming Foundation, and Leslie L. Alexander Foundation.

Vice President Diamond Jonathan McCann and Martin & Jean Shafiroff. Corporate President, Stifel. Silver Vice Presidents Fiona & Stanley Druckenmiller, Lorraine, Bill & Lynn Egan, Karen & John Ferguson, Paul Herman, Beau & Patricia Hulse, Southampton Hospital Foundation, Bonnie Klapper & Lonny Schwartz, Ms Nicholas D. Mastronardi.

The Foundation’s welcoming committee included Antonella Bertello, John Crawford, Rocco DiSpirito, Kim Renk Dryer, Elena Gibbs, Geri Garvin, Missy Hargraves, Asia Lee, Rolise Rachel, Randi Schatz and Dawn Jessica Strain as well as the team from the foundation, including the executive director. Pat Deshong, Beatrix Parash, Director of Operations, and Nicole A. Tumilowicz, Director of Marketing.

The evening began with a silent auction as well as a cocktail including Summer in a Bottle rosé from Wölffer Estate Vineyards, freshly made Tito craft vodka, Uni Tequila cocktails and appetizers passed by the caterer Robins Wolfe.

Attendees were then treated to a three-course meal featuring award-winning chef James Beard, Rocco Dispirito’s Tindle Chicken Parmigiano, a plant-based gourmet dish.

In her remarks, Jean Shafiroff, Gala Chair, said, “We were delighted to honor Bill Bratton and Jonathan McCann.

This year we welcomed both a number of long-time supporters and many new supporters.

We also saw the presence of many new young juniors – which is wonderful as they represent the next generation of animal lovers and supporters”.

Live and silent auction highlights included: The Boca Raton, Sailhamptons with a Hinckley Picnic Boat, Atlantis Bahamas, Sun Valley Resort, Yacht Kingfisher, The Baker House 1650, London Jewelers and art by Camilla Webster, Leila Pinto, Hakob Hakobian, and George Schulman. Other items included tickets to the New York Knicks, Rangers, Mets and Islanders, as well as tickets to a Billy Joel concert (to be attended at his private booth).

The gift bags included a $250 serum from Clinical Skin, a $100 gift card from Bionova, Aloisa Beauty, socks from Bombas, Petralyte, Cafe Vitoria, Serenity Tea, Kim Renk Jewelry, Burlap & Barrel Royal Cinnamon and gluten-free nut bread from Rocco. DiSpirito.

Generous restaurant donations were made by The American Hotel, Dopo La Spiaggia, Union Steak & Sushi, Union Burger, Page 63, The Bell & Anchor, Lulu Kitchen & Bar, Manna and Sen Restaurants.


The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is a non-profit, open-admission, no-kill 501(c)3 shelter that relies on the generosity of its donors and volunteers to care for homeless animals in its community and to place them in “eternal homes”. The number of animals in need of help is increasing every day.

Overpopulation of pets on Long Island is a major problem. Whether it’s caring for stray animals found wandering the streets, rescuing neglected and abandoned animals, or rescuing dogs from the horrors of the puppy mill industry, the shelter is a safe haven for all animals. and for some, a last resort.

Without SASF, these animals could not survive. The shelter provides a springboard for animals to find a loving home. It provides them with housing, food, medical care, training and rehabilitation if necessary.

They not only host community pets, but also partner with other shelters and shelters, located on Long Island, New York, and southern areas including Puerto Rico and Mexico, to rescue animals. who find themselves in difficult situations.

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Photo credit: 1) Eve Brookville. 2) Jean Shafiroff, Rebecca S…ht, Elizabeth Shafiroff. 3) Jill Report. 4) Jean Shafiroff, William Bratton. 5) Jean Shafiroff and doggie. 6) Missy Hargaves, Debbie Bancroft. 7) Patricia, Nicole and the cuties. 8) Location. By Patrick McMullan, Society Allure.

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