Inside socialite and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff’s pre-gala soiree

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From left to right: Manhattan Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff, New York City Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Martin Shafiroff. [credit: James Edstrom)
Philanthropist and dog lover Jean Shafiroff hosted a pre-gala kickoff cocktail reception for more than 100 people at her Park Avenue home last week. The event precedes the New York City Mission Society’s Annual Champions for Children benefit in April.

Guests included Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, and Don and Katrina Peebles.

“The Mission Society has been improving the lives of children in New York City for more than 200 years,” said Jean Shafiroff, board member and gala chair. “What I love most about the Mission Society is that all of us work together with a common mission to combat poverty and create opportunity.”

Other attendees at the February 23rd reception included: Stanley Rumbough; Cornelia Guest; Jay Moorhead; Chele Chiavacci; Patrick Vatel; LTC Francis W. Kairson, Jr. (Ret.); Laura Flavin; Lucia Hwong Gordon; Edgar Batista; Flo Anthony; Hector E. Baez; Kim Bingham; Taylor Burns; Rita Cosby; Natasha Das; Victor De Souza; Lisa Downing; Lee Fryd; Dawn Marie Grannum; Shannon Hales; Chiu-Ti Jansen; Brooke Laing; Nicole Noonan; Lauren Roberts; Randi Schatz; Marietta Ulacia; Consuelo Costin Vanderbilt; and, George Wayne.

The annual Champions for Children gala will be held on April 13 at the Mandarin Oriental in Time Warner Center. For roughly two-centuries, the New York City Mission Society has provided educational, restorative justice, cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs for underserved youth.

New York City Mission Society board members Patrick and Yemi Vatel and Kim-Bingham
From left: New York City Mission Society board members Patrick and Yemi Vatel and Kim-Bingham (credit: Annie Watt)
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R Couri Hay, Randi Schatz (credit: Annie Watt)
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Katrina Peebles, Honorary Gala Chair, and Don Peebles (credit: Annie Watt)