Inside the 10th Annual Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Gala

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Jean Shafiroff with Shelter Dog ©Patrick McMullan

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation hosted their 10th Annual Unconditional Love Dinner Dance on Saturday, July 20th, 2019. The event took place under the tents at Wickapogue and Old Town Roads in Southampton, NY — starting with a cocktail hour, followed by a parade by staff of animals cared for by the Shelter, live auction, dinner and dancing.

The Event Chair was Jean Shafiroff, who looked stunning in a blue Oscar de la Renta number and the Honoree Aimee Sadler, Founder & CEO of Dogs Playing for Life. Gregory D’Elia emceed the event, The 2019 Gala’s Host Committee included: Randi Schatz, Amy Cosman, Antonella Bertello, Missy Hargraves, and Sharon Kerr. The Junior Chair is Kate McEntee, and Junior Co-Chairs include: Kingsley Crawford, Jenny Dwork, and Merritt Piro. The 2019 Media Sponsor was Hamptons Magazine. Entertainment was provided by Elan Artists’ Nation with dinner catered by Stone Creek Inn.

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Jean Shafiroff, Clifton Knight ©Patrick McMullan

Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, Aimee Sadler, Gregory D’Elia, Amy Cosman, Randi Schatz, Antonella Bertello, Sharon Kerr, Missy Hargraves, Martin Shafiroff, Kim Renk, Greg Dryer, State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and many other loyal supporters.

With an overwhelming turnout, The Gala was a success in raising money and awareness for the efforts of the Charity. A live auction included fund raising for the shelter’s training program with Dogs Playing for Life; and opportunities to match shelter dogs to veterans to become service dogs through programs K9s For Warriors, and Paws of War.

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Junior Committee ©Rob Rich:SocietyAllure.com

Guests were also raising their paddles to sponsor feeding a dog or a cat for a year; group golf outings at the East End’s most prestigious golf courses including Shinnecock Hills and Atlantic, skiing in Sun Valley, a week at a private resort and an auction for a classic British motorcar, a beautifully restored 1952 MG TD.

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Schenker family ©Patrick McMullan

Proceeds from the event directly support more than 5,000 animals who enter the shelter’s doors annually. Whether caring and finding homes for stray and abandoned animals to providing low cost veterinary care and dog training so that animals can remain in their home, the Southampton Animal Shelter has become a vital resource in their community. With the generous support of donors, they can continue to provide lifesaving programs and services.

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