HONORING: Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., Dr. Angela Diaz, Verna Eggleston, and Hon. Jonathan Lippman
MASTER OF CEREMONIES: CNN Newsroom Co-anchor Poppy Harlow
PERFORMANCE BY: Opera Collective
New York, NY – Philanthropist and New York Women’s Foundation board member Jean Shafiroff served as co-chair for this year’s New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) Fall Gala, which was held at The Plaza Hotel. The NYWF honored four leaders from the fields of philanthropy, health, and criminal justice. The honorees, Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., Dr. Angela Diaz, Verna Eggleston, and Hon. Jonathan Lippman, have exceled in their respective fields and by doing so, have dedicated themselves to making New York City and the nation a better place for women and families.
Mrs. Shafiroff, one of the city’s foremost philanthropists and humanitarians, has served on the board of the NYWF since 2012. She also hosts an annual luncheon in honor of the organization at Le Cirque each September, which is attended by New York’s notables from the worlds of business, nonprofits and philanthropy.
The Fall Gala was attended by approximately 300 guests and began with cocktails, followed by dinner and the evening’s program. CNN newsroom co-anchor Poppy Harlow served as Master of Ceremonies. Notable guests included Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Chele Chiavacci Farley, Natalie Ross, Rebecca Seawright, Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, Michele Herbert, Ana Oliveira, Grainne McNamara, Jennifer Giacobbe, Janet Riccio, Kwanza Butler, Elise McCabe Thompson, Randi Schatz, Ted Bunch, Perfecto Sanchez, Natalie Molina, Theresa Younger and Marie Wilson.
Grantee partner LaDreamMa McMoore, a member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners at the Correctional Association of New York, spoke about her experience as an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence and the education and leadership training that she received from the Correctional Association, supported by the NYWF. Opera Collective, a group of singers seeking to make opera more accessible by performing in New York City subway stations, provided the evening’s entertainment.
Now in its 30th year, the NYWF is among the largest women’s grantmaking fund in the United States. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.nywf.org/event/gala/.
(Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)
About The New York Women’s Foundation:
The New York Women’s Foundation® is a cross-cultural alliance of women, serving as a voice for women and a force for change. The Foundation identifies innovative organizations that are effecting change in the communities they serve for women. NYWF strategically funds organizations and programs that move women, girls and families toward long-term economic security through individual transformation and systemic change, mobilizing leaders and community partners as philanthropists and change agents. NYWF funds programs that promote economic security and justice, anti-violence and safety; and health, sexual rights and reproductive justice for women and girls in New York City.
About Jean Shafiroff:
Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, humanitarian, and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give, is considered to be at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists. Jean’s philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions and includes the gifts of extensive time and knowledge. Through her work she encourages and seeks to empower all individuals to become philanthropists so that they can build the fulfillment of giving into their lives.
A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Jean’s philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, women’s rights and well-being, health care, animal welfare and resources for children in need, in addition to other causes. Jean serves on the boards of New York City Mission Society, New York Women’s Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (20+ years), Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board, Southampton Bath & Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation and Global Strays. Recently Jean became an Ambassador for the American Humane Society. Widely recognized for her philanthropic work, Jean has been recognized and featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, The New York Times, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine, and The Huffington Post, among others. Jean holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and a BS in physical therapy from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information about Jean Shafiroff, please visit: www.jeanshafiroff.com/
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