The 3rd The annual Times Square Fashion Week took place in Father Duffy Square in the heart of Times Square. Fashion and philanthropy icon Jean Shafiroff, who hosted the event last year, attended this year’s fabulous event as a mistress of ceremonies. Jean was presented and presented to Gale Brewer, President of the Manhattan Borough, the “I Love NY Leadership Award”.“
Over 1,000 participants were on hand to watch the fashion show by designers Cesar Galindo, House of Barretti, Gloria Lee and Raphelita. The event was a combination of street track, digital billboard shows, double decker buses and a final cocktail! There was a live performance starring award-winning TV host and Broadway artist Cindy Ashton.
Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Cindy Ashton, Gale Brewer, NYS Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, Designer David Rolle of Raphelita, Yolanda Adams, David Hochberg, Gail Kresge, Robert Altman, Dee Rivera, Loren LoRosa, Aoki Lee Simmons and Taylor Crawford.
Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, humanitarian, television host, writer and author of the book “Successful philanthropy: how to make a living from what you give”. Jean is often referred to as the “first lady of philanthropy” by the press because of her generosity and extensive work as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the philanthropic world. She sits on the boards of many charitable organizations and chairs over eight different charity galas each year. Among the many causes she advocates are those involved in women’s rights, the rights of underserved people, health care and animal welfare.
Jean sits on the boards of the American Humane, the Southampton Hospital Association, the NYC Mission Society, the French Heritage Society, the Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, Global Strays, the New York Women’s Foundation and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board. A Catholic, she served on the Jewish Board for 28 years and is now one of their honorary directors.
Additionally, Jean is an American Humane Ambassador and national spokesperson for the organization’s Covid-19 “Feed the Hungry” program, an initiative designed to provide food to 1,000,000 shelter animals. Jean is the Ambassador for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and a major donor and volunteer fundraiser for their work. She is an alumnus of the New York Women’s Foundation Board of Trustees who remains very active with the Foundation and women’s issues in general.
For his philanthropy, Jean has been honored on several occasions by groups such as Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, New York City Mission Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, Surgeons of Hope, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle, Animal Zone International, Youth Counseling League, the NYC International Film Festival Foundation, the Jewish Board and Hadassah. In December 2020, Dan’s Paper named her Philanthropist of the Year at the Long Island Power Women’s Awards.
Jean is the producer and host of the television show “A successful philanthropy” which airs six times a week via LTV Studios in East Hampton, NY, as well as New York on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN): Spectrum Channel 34 and 1995, Verizon / FiOS Channel 33 and RCN Channel 82. The show will open in additional markets in 2021. On his TV show, Jean interviews an eclectic mix of leaders from the philanthropic world as well as actors, artists, corporate and civic leaders, and even a candidate for the US presidential election.