It is truly amazing to walk into a lavish Park Avenue apartment and find a welcoming hostess with such an impactful group of friends ready to make a difference for New York City youngest. An author and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and her husband Martin Shafiroff hosted a cocktail party to celebrate New York City Mission Society’s annual Champions for Children Gala, which raises funds to support youth and families in our city’s most underserved communities to break the cycle of poverty and achieve success.
The First Lady of Philanthropy was very passionate about the Mission Society’s cause and shared with us who inspired her from a young age. Jean Shafiroff says:
“I am from very middle class. My dad was a school teacher, he taught music. When he would come home he would talk about how important students were to him. Then I went to twelve years of Catholic school, and what I learned was the nun’s were alway talking about helping the poor and teaching us to be thankful for all we had. All backgrounds and religions teach the importance of giving back, which I state in my book Successful Philanthropy. So the combination of my dad, my caring loving mother and then the nuns, started me on this journey . My first career was physical therapy, then my second career was working on Wall Street after getting an MBA at Columbia University, and I realized as I got older that it would be very important to give back. Life changed, I was very fortunate, with a good life, I had an obligation to do something and so now an empty nester, this is what I decided to do. I love it, it feels fulfilling and I am very blessed and lucky to be able to be involved with philanthropic work”
How did you first get involved with The Mission Society?
“It all started when I was asked to be a co-chair at 200th anniversary celebration, it was summer time. I wanted to see what the Mission’s programs were before I gave an answer. It was very hot summer when I went to Minisink Townhouse in Harlem and was very impressed with their work but I was sad to see that these children that were in classes whole day did not have an opportunity to go to a summer camp or be outside in parks. When I left, I didn’t even have a choice, it was not a question of maybe, it was I had to do this. I wanted to do this because I was so touched by these very polite, very thankful children and true ambassadors for their cause. Just great kids! I knew that many of them would go on to be very successful”
Cocktail party was a great success and I was impressed by so many amazing interactions. Mrs. Shafiroff also gifted me her book ” Successful Philanthropy” which I started reading and would recommend !
If you would like to get involved reach out to New York City Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson (Elsie@nycmissionsociety.org) or even better, come to the gala. The Gala will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan, starting with cocktails at 6:30 PM followed by a 7:30 PM dinner and program, music and dance. To purchase tickets to the event and learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit: http://www.nycmissionsociety.org/events/2018-champions-for-children-gala/
This year’s honorees are BNY Mellon, International Flavors and Fragrances, and LTC Francis Kairson, Jr., Director Emeritus at New York City Mission Society. WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, a longtime supporter of the Mission Society, will emcee the event.
This year’s Gala Chairs are Katrina and Don Peebles, Leah and Stanley H. Rumbough, and Jean and Martin Shafiroff. Honorary Chairs are Georgina Bloomberg and Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, and Corporate Chairs are Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, MacFarlane Partners, and Stifel Financial Corp.
About the New York City Mission Society
The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, workforce development, cultural enrichment, and community-building programs, make a positive, long-term impact on the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, and providing career opportunities and cultural enrichment. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. http://www.nycmissionsociety.org.