Throughout the night guests participated in a live auction conducted by Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of Paddle 8, which featured works from Madonna’s personal collection
By Christopher A. Pape
Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropic leader and active volunteer for multiple Southampton and New York City charitable organizations. Her managerial skills, compassion, generosity and enthusiastic dedication are among her strongest traits. She possesses a unique ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources. In her philanthropic career, Shafiroff serves as a board member, chairwoman, underwriter and hostess of a long list of charity events. Every year, Shafiroff is actively engaged in chairing several large benefits. In 2010 and 2011, she served as the chairwoman of the Southampton Hospital’s Annual Summer party, which she looks forward to chairing again this summer on August 3rd. Her honorary co-chair is Audrey Gruss, who along with her husband, recently gave a five million dollar gift to create the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center at the Southampton Hospital. Her current board memberships include the New York Women’s Foundation, the French Heritage Society, the Couture Council, the Lighthouse International Advisory Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation and JBFCS. She is also an Honorary Board Member of the Southampton Animal Shelter and will serve as one of the Honorary co-chairs of its gala on July 20th. Shafiroff holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BS in physical therapy from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has worked both in public finance and private partnerships on Wall Street. Married to Martin D. Shafiroff, an investment advisor, the Shafiroffs have two daughters, Jacqueline and Elizabeth, who share their parent’s interest in charitable causes. They have residences in Manhattan and Southampton. Shafiroff’s other interests include writing, travel, style and fashion.