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By Flo Anthony

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff continues to spread her angel wings all over New York City. In the short span of two evenings, Shafiroff, wearing evening gowns by the late Oscar de la Renta, co-chaired one benefit and was honored by a separate charity. Along with Cathy Black, Shafiroff was the co-chair for the French Heritage Society Gala at the Pierre Hotel. She is also a board member. The French Heritage Society is dedicated to protecting the French architectural legacy both in France and the U.S. with particular emphasis on raising funds for preservation and education. Two nights later, Shafiroff was honored at the Animal Zone International’s Third Annual Argos Fall Benefit at Thalassa Restaurant. This year the international non-profit, which is dedicated to the protection of animals and the environment, honored the generous philanthropist for her work on behalf of rescue…

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Padma Laksmi was one of the chicsters who recently joined Jennifer Hudson at W Hotels Turn It Up For Change Ball at W Union Square, The vogueing ball, which kicked off with a performance by Hudson, featured fabulous transsexuals, drag queens and more, and was the official kick-off of Turn It Up For Change, a new fundraising and awareness initiative by W Hotels Worldwide, HRC, and Jennifer Hudson for the fight for nationwide LGBT equality…
Former Hal Jackson Miss Talented Teen Arizona, CeCe Peniston, breezed into the Big Apple to perform at Hal’s widow, Debi Jackson’s tribute to the late radio icon’s 100th birthday at BB King in Times Square. Former “View” co-host Sherri Shepherd was also in the house. In fact, Shepherd, has moved on from her estranged husband, Lamar Salley. Recently appearing on Broadway in “Cinderella,” Sherri waltzed into BB King holding hands with her new boyfriend, who introduced himself as “AB.” The coosome twosome canoodled and snuggled up throughout the evening. Next up for Sherri is a 10 episode recurring role on TV Land’s “Soul Man”…

Photos of the opening of Birthday Bash 2012 including crowd shots and CeCe Peniston's performance! (Photos by T. Yorro/WPGC 95.5 FM)
Photos of the opening of Birthday Bash 2012 including crowd shots and CeCe Peniston’s performance! (Photos by T. Yorro/WPGC 95.5 FM)

According to Radar, “Real Housewives of New York’s” Ramona Singer’s estranged husband, Mario’s mistress, Kasey Dexter, has fled NYC for Florida. Now, Radar is revealing that the 60 year-old Mario has rebounded with Ramona’s fellow Bravo reality star Chantelle Fraser, who will join the upcoming season of “Blood Sweat and Heels.” During a recent date, Mario and the British born beauty were tossed out of a posh Big Apple nightclub after a very public make-out session, according to sources…

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The term “ladies night” has been redefined, thanks to a new group of high-powered female influencers who gathered on October 22 for an exclusive evening of conversation, ideation and fun. The Stakeholders Conversation with Female Influencers series held its first meeting at an elegant penthouse in SoHo where nearly 100 women of substance gathered for the exciting launch hosted by Joi Brown, senior VP of marketing/brand partnership for Atlantic Records. Event sponsors included Atlantic records, Strength of Nature Global, Rosa Royale sparkling wine and Girls With Gifts. Among the luminaries in attendance were Charlene Dance, global marketing director for Strength of Nature, makers of Elasta QP and other leading hair care brands, Mona Scott-Young and Cheonoa Maxwell…

<> at S.O.B.'s on October 21, 2014 in New York City.
at S.O.B.’s on October 21, 2014 in New York City.

“American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez is reportedly buying a mini-mansion-like duplex penthouse in a swanky four-unit boutique building across the street from Madison Square Park. According to Variety, the penthouse was once listed for $25 million but was last on the market for $22.5 million. Other residents in the building include former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, who, in July 2013 paid $9.25 million for their nearly 5,000 square-foot spread and NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon…

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