Southampton Animal Shelter Celebrates its Annual Gala

 

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation hosted its 10th Annual Unconditional Love Dinner Dance on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The event took place in Southampton,  NY — starting with a cocktail hour, followed by a parade of animals cared for by the shelter escorted by the staff, a live auction, dinner, and dancing.

Jean Shafiroff, Amy Sadler and Greg D'Elia.
Jean Shafiroff, Amy Sadler and Greg D’Elia.
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The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation hosted its 10th Annual Unconditional Love Dinner Dance on Saturday, July 20, 2019. The event took place in Southampton, NY — starting with a cocktail hour, followed by a parade of animals cared for by the shelter escorted by the staff, a live auction, dinner, and dancing.

The event chair was Jean Shafiroff, and the night’s special honoree was Aimee Sadler, founder and CEO of Dogs Playing for Life. Gregory D’Elia emceed the event. The 2019 gala’s host committee included Randi Schatz, Amy Cosman, Antonella Bertello, Missy Hargraves, and Sharon Kerr. The junior chair was Kate McEntee, and the junior co-chairs included Kingsley Crawford, Jenny Dwork, and Merritt Piro.

The gala was a success in raising money and awareness for the efforts of the charity. A live auction included fundraising for the shelter’s training program with Dogs Playing for Life and opportunities to match shelter dogs to veterans to become service dogs through programs such as K9s for Warriors, and Paws of War. Guests were also raising their paddles to sponsor feeding a dog or a cat for a year.

Jean Shafiroff arrived stylish dressed in one of her beautiful, signature gowns. Shafiroff’s philanthropy has impacted many nonprofits and charitable organizations. She has also funded special projects that expand the boundaries of traditional philanthropy.

For example, Shafiroff joined the board of Couture Council and was appointed to the board of the French Heritage Society. Later, she joined the board of the New York Women’s Foundation, NYC Mission Society, and is currently serving as a board member for many other foundations and galas.

Shafiroff is known for her leadership in raising money, as well as organizing and hosting high-profile events. She also has poured her lifelong appreciation for the human-animal bond.

Jean Shafiroff, Danielle Naer and Rebecca Seawright
Jean Shafiroff, Danielle Naer and Rebecca Seawright
Peter Brant Jr., Morgan O'Connor and Jason Morgan
Peter Brant Jr., Morgan O’Connor and Jason Morgan
Olga Sorokina and Polina Proshkina
Olga Sorokina and Polina Proshkina

 

Atmosphere at Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation 10th Annual Unconditional Love Gala
Atmosphere at Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation 10th Annual Unconditional Love Gala
Ron Tallon, Olivia Tallon and Ashley Tallon
Ron Tallon, Olivia Tallon and Ashley Tallon
The Junior Committee
The Junior Committee

Proceeds from the event directly support more than 5,000 animals that enter the shelter annually. From caring for and finding homes for stray and abandoned animals to providing low-cost veterinary care and dog training so that animals can remain in their homes, the Southampton Animal Shelter has become a vital resource in the community. With the generous support of donors, it can continue to provide lifesaving programs and services.

“The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of their donors and volunteers to care to for the homeless animals in its community, and to place them in loving “forever homes.”

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is unique on the East End, taking in animals from all 7 villages and 18 hamlets in the Township. With its “open admissions” policy, it accepts all animals – no matter what breed, physical or medical condition, special needs, or what age. The shelter also takes in animals from neighboring towns and beyond. The shelter helps and saves animals from natural disasters such as hurricanes, and overcrowded shelters. Shelter services are broad-based. It provides low-cost, mobile veterinary services throughout the region. Plus, it conducts educational classes in local schools on humane animal care. The Southampton Animal Shelter is the true “community” shelter on the East End. Hurricane, disaster & over crowded shelters

www.southamptonanimalshelter.com

Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan, Sean Zanni/PMC, K.Doran for Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

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