We see Jean Shafiroff everywhere at parties, galas, events and openings. But it is not often that her husband of 40 years, Martin D. Shafiroff, appears at her side. He is far too busy, it seems, with his wealth management business. But nothing keeps him from supporting the Southampton Hospital Foundation at their annual reception at their Southampton home.
This organization puts its time and effort behind the East End’s growing medical center, home to the Gruss Heart and Stroke Center, the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center, the Phillips Family Cancer Center, the Edie Windsor and Rose Walton HIV Center, and the East End’s only Emergency Room. Which is soon to change.
One of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s capital drives has been to establish a freestanding Emergency Department in East Hampton, expected to open next year.
The event, on July 7, welcomed 150 long-time supporters of the hospital, and friends of the Shafiroffs — often one and the same.
Those included Amy Halsey-Cohn, owner of Water Mill’s Milk Pail, the producer and novelist Candace Bushnell, Fern Mallis (former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America), Jeffrey Loewy and NancyJane Loewy of the Loewy Foundation, chairman of the Southampton Hospital Association Ken Wright, and Assemblywoman Rebecca A. Seawright.
Fred Mwangaguhunga and his wife, Notoya Green, were also at the Shafiroff’s. He is the owner of Media TakeOut, an empire based on African-American gossip some call the “Black TMZ.” It must have been buzzing three days before after Michael Rubin’s July 3 White Party in Bridgehampton.
This reception for the Southampton Hospital Foundation is considered the kickoff to the fund-raising season for the foundation.
Mirella Cameran-Reilly the foundation’s chief development officer — another term for money-raiser –circulated among the many guests. The foundation’s annual summer party is coming up on August 5.
This year the theme is “A Night at the Colony Hotel.” Smart Palm Beach attire advised.