Jean and Martin Shafiroff Host French Heritage Society Pre Summer Solstice Cocktails
On Monday June 8th, Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a pre-summer solstice cocktail kickoff event in honor of the French Heritage Society (FHS) at their Park Avenue home. The philanthropic couple welcomed guests into their home to learn more about the work the Society does throughout the year, and to raise awareness of the forthcoming Gala, taking place on November 18th.
Midway through the event, FHS Chairman of the Board, Elizabeth F. Stribling, and Gala Chairs Jean Shafiroff and Cece Black, thanked guests for attending and gave a short talk explaining how projects are selected for FHS to support. Additional Gala Chairs for the November event in attendance included; Deborah Royce, Ann Vann Ness, Ursula Lowerre, Kazie Metzger and Jean Doyen de Montaillou. The glamorously attired trio received questions from attendees and explained what some of traditional projects are, while also noting how the French former Minister of Culture has recognized the Society for its important restorative work. Jean highlighted the scholarship program FHS funds, which allows both American and French architectural students to study on each other’s shores, and Cece talked about how FHS has forged a strong partnership between France and America through its work. They then thanked attendees again and finished by reminding all guests that the real reason they were all there was to raise awareness of the forthcoming winter gala on November 18th. A glass was then raised to the Shafiroffs to thank them for hosting the event.
The 100 guests included: Louisa Aklin, Edgar Batista, Tina Beriro, Lee Black, Laurie Bodor, Geoffrey Bradfield, Catherine Cahill, Lauren and Sean Carpenter, David Aaron Carpenter, Chele Chiavacci, Martin Cohen, Sharleen Cooper Cohen, Nancy Collins, Susan Cushing, Patricia Cossutta, Lynette Dallas, Alex Donner, Carol and John French, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Rolf Heitmeyer, Michael Kovner, Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel, Ted Hartley, John Harvey, Peter Hoffman, Margo Langenberg, Liz McDermott, Suzanne Murphy, Marilyn Nelson, Barbara Ostrom, Robert Pearl, Michelle King Robson, Chuck Royce, Cole Rumbough, Jill Sands, Daisy and James Sinclair, Karen and Clay Tompkins, Isabelle Lefebvre-Vary, Frederico Wasserman and Barry Weintraub.
Proceeds from the upcoming gala and the kick-off event support the important work FHS does to raise and make grants to restore French architectural gems in both countries, and to educate students, young professionals and the general public about these historic treasures through its cultural educational programs and communications.
French Heritage Society was founded in 1982 as a two way street for Americans and French to share their love of historic architecture. FHS has contributed to over 500 restoration grants and helped secure almost $18 million dollars for historic monuments, buildings and gardens in every department in France and to properties in the United States that reflect France’s historic influence. FHS has intervened after numerous natural disasters such as the 1999 storms in France and Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina in the U.S. FHS also organizes unique student internship opportunities in both countries and offers enriching cultural trips in France and the U.S. for its members. There are 13 Chapters in the United States and one in Paris.