Week In Review

Jean Shafiroff speaks at St. Patrick's Day event for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

This week was filled with events from NYC to the East End and back again. Stony Brook Southampton Hospital was honored on St. Patrick’s Day, I enjoyed the North Fork, and celebrated animal rescue at the Playboy Club.

On St. Patrick’s Day, I headed to Jean and Martin Shafiroff’s home in Manhattan to celebrate the holiday. The event was held in honor of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and included special guest Patrick McMullan.

“In the Hamptons, there is only one hospital, and if you get sick, you want to make sure you go to a good hospital,” said Jean during a speech. She followed by introducing the photographer and special guest McMullan.

“He’s a legend, he’s an icon, he is a dear friend. A celebrity photographer who really created event photography around the world,” she said.

“Southampton Hospital really actually saved my life,” said the photographer. “I had a heat stroke and they said to me ‘Whoever got you to this hospital just saved your life. Not just your evening or weekend, but your life.’ So here I am. Thank you, Southampton Hospital.”

The hospital’s 61st annual gala will be held on August 3 in Southampton and tickets start at $500. This year the honorees will be Jean and Martin Shafiroff. Jean has also been named to the board of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Association.

“I just want to thank Jean and Martin who are hosting this wonderful occasion and for all the work they do on behalf of our hospital and so many worthwhile organizations,” said Southampton Hospital Foundation president Steven Bernstein.

The night prior was the opening of “Forms & Figures” at the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport. The show highlights the creative energy of nine women artists.

Artists exhibiting in the show include Chris Ann Ambery, Deborah Brisker Burk, Shawn Ehlers, Madison Fender, Jan Guarino, Jennifer Hannaford, Margaret Minardi, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, and Susan Saunders.

The gallery is located within the Sherwood House Vineyard. Grab yourself a glass of Cabernet Franc and view this fantastic show. It’s up through April 14. There will also be an artist talk on Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4 PM.

Following the opening, my husband Joe and I headed to Grana for an early dinner-date night, and it was one of the best meals we’ve had in a while. It’s an Italian eatery that boasts clean ingredients. I opted for the salad pizza (it’s healthy, right?) and Joe tried the faggotini filled with caramelized pears, chopped walnuts, parmigiano, and gorgonzola dolce. Delish!

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, March 13, the Playboy Club in Manhattan hosted the Bunnies for Puppies Rescue Fundraiser. The evening benefitted Nicole Patrick’s Chic Chien Chateau Dog Rescue. A percentage of the proceeds from the cocktail and dinner party went to help save pets and find their forever homes. The foster-based rescue specializes in saving dogs that have been overlooked and are on death row.

Funds raised specifically go to the medical needs program and to opening the first Chic Chien Chateau shelter in NYC. There was also a silent auction including a membership to the club and artwork by Jarren Frame.

View full gallery here.

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