Friday, July 28, 2017

Unconditional Love

Junior Committee at The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's Eighth Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Gin Lane in Southampton.
On Friday July 21st, Audrey Gruss hosted a party to kick off the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) Second Annual WALK OF HOPE + 5K RUN to Defeat Depression that will take place on Saturday, August 5th at 9 a.m. in Southampton.

Held at the Hamptons home Audrey shares with her husband Martin Gruss, the party was attended by Sharon Bush, Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst-McInerney, Judith and Rudy Giuliani, Hilary Geary Ross, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Caroline and Tom Dean, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Tatiana and Campion Platt, and Walk of Hope Junior Chairs, siblings Toby Milstein and Larry Milstein.
Jay McInerney and Audrey Gruss
Midway through the party that was held around the Gruss' pool, surrounded by beautiful white hydrangea blooms, Audrey thanked guests for attending and said “Depression is the Number One cause of disability worldwide.  HDRF is addressing the problem by conducting the most advanced brain research into depression. I am so grateful to everybody for committing to walk or run with us on August 5.”

The second annual Walk of Hope + 5K Run to Defeat Depression will be heldo n Saturday August 5th, 2017 around beautiful Lake Agawam.  The USA Track and Field sanctioned event is family-focused and fun. Prizes will be awarded for best time in different age categories and for the top individual fundraiser and top fundraising team.   All proceeds go directly to HDRF’s advanced research.  To Register: Click here or call 212.676.3205.
Rudy and Judith Giuliani
The Hope for Depression Research Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization focused solely on depression research. The World Health Organization has declared depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide. Despite its prevalence, depression is still misunderstood, underfunded and under-researched. To date, HDRF has provided more than $25 million through over 125 grants for breakthrough research that promises to lead to new and better medications and treatments. Our mission is two-fold:

• To accelerate advanced brain research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression.

•To raise awareness of depression as a medical illness, educate the public and erase the stigma of depression.

Audrey Gruss founded HDRF in April 2006 in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with clinical depression. Every dollar raised goes directly to research.
Lis Waterman and Richard Nye Toby and Larry Milstein
Anne Sitrick, Mariana Kaufman, and Mai Hallingby Harrison
Martin and Audrey Gruss Hilary Geary Ross and Audrey Gruss
Arthur Dunnam and Roy Cohen
Campion Platt, Fox Platt, Riva Platt, Tatiana Platt, and Xenia Platt Kim Heirston Evans and Richard Evans
Tim Mortimer, Susan Mortimer, Jane Bunn, and George Bunn
Valentin and Yaz Hernandez Carol and Fred Guest
Tom and Caroline Dean
Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Audrey Gruss
Darice and Jason Fadeyi Sharon Bush and Anne Hearst McInerney
John Barman and Kelly Graham
Regina and Rainer Greeven
Jamee and Peter Gregory
The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its Eighth Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 8th at a private waterfront residence on Gin Lane in Southampton. The event sold out for the eighth consecutive year.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors, led by Board President Jonathan McCann, hosted this year’s event, which was themed around a whimsical walk in the park. The event honored SASF Co-Founder Sony Schotland and Honorary Board Member Jean Shafiroff, who has chaired the Gala for the previous five years. Mrs. Shafiroff has been instrumental in helping the shelter raise nearly $4 million, while Mrs. Schotland has dedicated more than 50 years to saving homeless pets, and was instrumental in making the Southampton Animal Shelter private, with a no-kill policy. 
3_Sony Schotland, Dr. Ronald Hoffman, Victoria Von Schantz_Credit Loy Carlos
Master of ceremonies Chuck Scarborough welcomed more than 300 guests, including: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Howard Lorber, John Catsimatidis, Beth Stern, Jill Rappaport, Jean Remmel Little, Deborah Hearst,Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving and his wife Ellen, Leesa RowlandLarry Wohl, former Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley and his wife MarianneMartin Shafiroff, Sandra McConnell, Steve Bernstein, Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, June Jaffee – Executive Director of the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and Julie Ratner. The event was also supported by Georgina Bloomberg, Anne Hearst and Beth Shak.

Event chairman Andrea and Alex Douzet, Missy Hargraves, Antonella Bertello, Marcy Warren, Ellen Ward Scarborough,Mollie Ruprecht Acquavella and Michael Katz were joined by Junior co-chairs Katie McEntee, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Kingsley Crawford, Pamela Suskind, Sarah Vacchino and Merritt Piro
Jean Shafiroff and Chuck Scarborough
Guests enjoyed dinner by Pinch Food Design, while Chris Norton and his band provided music for the evening. The event’s corporate chairs included Allen & CompanyFerguson Cohen LLP and Stifel. With thanks to supporters including AM Southampton.

This year’s Unconditional Love Gala exceeded its fundraising goal through donations, pet sponsorships and silent and live auctions, as led by Katie Jacobs. All proceeds go towards SASF's crucial initiatives, such as their low-cost spay/neuter mobile van granted by the ASPCA, efforts to rescue animals enslaved in puppy mills, and the daily care of the rescues within the shelter. Proceeds also benefit the shelter's programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF's "Playing for Life" program, which is currently in more than 40 shelters and recognized at major animal conferences throughout the U.S.
A big pup up for adoption
The mission of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is to provide for the welfare of homeless animals and find them loving homes. As the only open admissions animal welfare organization in the area, they are dedicated to promoting and nurturing the bond between people and animals through adoption, medical care, behavior training and education. Proceeds from the evening's event go to support the critical programs and services they offer that make them the leader in animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in the community.

To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at 
Jonathan McCann and Jill Rappaport
Andrea Greeven Douzet and Polina Proshkina Beth Stern
Missy Hargraves and Antonella Bertello
Rosalie Brinton and Cornelia Bregman John Catsimatidis and Dorothy Frankel
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Rosenthal, and Rosalie Brinton
Mayor Michael Irving and Ellen Irving Brigid Fitzgerald and Renee Schlather
Martin Shafiroff, Marianne Epley, and Mark Epley
Howard Lorber and Susan Bordeaux Beth Shak
Lindsey Spielfogel, Elizabeth Shafiroff, and Katie McEntee
Global Strays, a 501(c)3 charity founded by young New Yorkers Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogel, which focuses on improving the lives of dogs and cats in developing nations, held its inaugural fundraiser in late June.

The evening was introduced by Emcee Rita Cosby who presented the idea and goals of the Charity as well as its co-founders Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogel. Global Strays co-founder Ms. Shafiroff says that a recent trip to Nicaragua left her “horrified with the treatment of animals.” That horror compelled her to make a difference. She teamed up with Ms. Spielfogel and created a nonprofit devoted to providing grants to animal welfare organizations in developing nations. Ollie Pet Foods gifted attendees with samples of their delicious dog food, human-grade and specially formulated for dogs.
Samantha Brody, Dimitra Molossi, Lindsey Spielfogal, and Elizabeth Shafiroff
Young professionals with a passion for doing good came together to support this worthy cause. Among the event’s 150 attendees were Global Strays founders Elizabeth Shafiroff and Lindsey Spielfogel, Rita Cosby, Tomaczek BednareckCraig DixLucia Hwong GordonMichele HerbertCarl and Valerie Kempner, Rory Lipman, Dimitra MolossiMaggie NorrisSammie Jack PressmanVictor de SouzaBetsy SpielfogalIke UdeMartin and Jean Shafiroff.

The grants aim to help existing organizations develop and expand their spay and neuter programs. Since establishing Global Strays, Ms. Shafiroff and Ms. Spielfogel have made several privately funded trips to Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti. They strongly believe in the importance of visiting animal welfare organizations to see the work they do first-hand. This means they can vouch for organizations before awarding them grants to be used for food, medications, and spay and neutering efforts. These trips also have allowed the Global Strays founders to bring select dogs to adoptive families in the United States as a symbolic gesture of good will.
Michele Herbert and Lucia Hwong Gordon Katlean De Monchy and Ike Ude
Though Global Strays currently concentrates on Nicaragua, the organization aims to gradually branch out to other countries as the charity grows. These include the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Saint Lucia. In the long-term,  Global Strays hopes to change the culture of animal adoption and pet care in developing countries. They want spaying and neutering programs, knowledgeable veterinary care, and compassionate “pet parenting” to become the norm. The grants they award to organizations in developing nations can help turn these dreams into a reality and eventually improve the lives of animals around the world.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to partner organizations in Central America, as well as Social Tees Animal Rescue Foundation, an organization that rescues animals from high kill shelters across the United States. Guests at the fundraiser had the opportunity both to meet the Global Strays founders and also experience a short documentary about the organization’s work in Central America.

For more information or to make a donation to Global Strays, visit
Carl and Valerie Kemper
Nancy and Larry Shafiroff
Jean Shafiroff, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Rita Cosby, and Tomaczek Bednarek
Craig Dix, Lee Fryd, and Jake Helgenberg
Rory Lipman, Jessica Saeitski, and Rya Backer
Dustin Lujan and Victor De Souza
Photographs by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan (Walk of Hope ); Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan (Global Strays).