September 28, 2016

Hot! Jean Shafiroff and Michael Bloomberg Attend JBFCS’ Spring Benefit

image003The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the organization with the wonderfully simple and broad spanning mission to “get help to those who need it,” had their annual spring benefit at the glamorous Plaza Hotel Thursday night. The event, held by the nonprofit mental health and social service agency, honored Seymour R. Askin, the organization’s Honorary Board Chair, along with board members like the glamorous Jean Shafiroff, and JBFCS Executive Vice President and CEO Paul Levine. Mayor Michael Bloomberg made an enthusiastic pre-dinner appearance, and WNBC News Anchor Melissa Russo charmed attendees as Mistress of Ceremony.

The event included a cocktail reception with a steady stream of wine and bubbly circulating among delighted guests, who also sprang between a number of most tasty appetizers that were organized in stations. A very impressive meat station was definitely worth the visit, as was the salmon and tuna ceviche station.  Working up an appetite for the main event was almost daunting, as it was tempting to continue indulging in elegant eats despite a soon to be served dinner that would fail to disappoint.

A jazz band of perfectly dapper musicians set the mood for an evening that included a dinner of delectably impressive courses and wines, as well as schmoozing with exuberant donors and organizational supporters.

The lovely Jean Shafiroff, who we secretly want to be like when we grow up, donned a fantastic cerulean Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress and spoke on her involvement with the organization over the past 20+ years.

“I am honored to be involved with a charity that changes so many lives for the better, and this is why I have stayed involved for so many years. The Board is hardworking and very devoted to the agency’s mission. Our leaders are strong and always very professional.”

The JBFCS, an organization that provides vital services through government funding, is dependent on additional funds from foundations, corporations, and individuals to help provide mental health services, safe houses for kids from 6-17 years of age, and many other essential family and children’s services. Last night’s event raised a whopping $1.3 million! Over 1200 people live with the organization on any given night of the year, making the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services a vital member of the New York City social services community.

Read more about The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and consider donating or volunteering by visiting http://www.jbfcs.org/!

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