In June 2016, six volunteers from around the world joined a rescue group and pulled 1,000 dogs from the slaughter houses of Yulin, China.
Inspired by their volunteering experiences in third world countries, Marc and Craig Kielburger established ME to WE. Hoping their friends could venture out of their comfort zones, the brothers established WE Charities to take friends and other youths to volunteer in third world countries while interacting with local citizens.
By Gunjan J. Sewhani
Resident sat down with Paige Davis, a transplanted New Yorker who has turned her passion for one of the most quintessential New York phenomena, Broadway, into a means for helping the city’s children in need. And what great timing it was: our August issue is all about the “back-to-school” season. Paige has worked extensively with Operation Backpack—providing brand-new backpacks and school supplies for kids in our city’s homeless shelters.
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.