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  • Jean Sharfiroff and Jill Rappaport at the Southampton Animal Shelter gala.

    Jean Sharfiroff and Jill Rappaport at the Southampton Animal Shelter gala.

    Susan Allen, Jonathan McCann and Jean Shafiroff welcomed more than 200 supporters to The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s (SASF) 4th Annual “Unconditional Love Gala,” July 20th, at the home of Sandra McConnell.

    The evening raised funds and awareness for the shelter and its programs.

    Award winning animal advocate and best selling author Jill Rappaport was honored. ASPCA animal behaviorist and trainer, Pamela Reid, Ph.D CAAB, received the outstanding achievement award.

    Southampton Turns Out for Shelter Gala

    Photos by Adriel Reboh – Patrick McMullan Co.

    WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough emceed.

    Guests included Henry Buhl, Amy and Ray Cosman, Raya and Cliff Knight, Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, Jean Remmel Little, Nicole Noonan, Kim Renk and Greg Dwyer and Martin and Elizabeth Shafiroff.

    Also on the scene were Fred Tanne, Lisa McCarthy, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Yaz and Valentine Hernandez.

    The Alex Donner Orchestra provided entertainment and dinner was catered by Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs.

    Honorary Corporate Chairs for the event included Allen & Co, Barclays, Ferguson Cohen LLP and Sequin Jewelry.

    Proceeds raised from the Unconditional Love Gala help SASF care for more than 1,200 homeless animals rescued in the Hamptons each year. Funds raised will also support the shelter’s work with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find homes for adult dogs rescued from puppy mills.

    The SASF works jointly with The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia to take in dogs on death-row and find them permanent homes, and with the ASPCA to save dogs from cruelty and disaster situations.

    Proceeds will also benefit the shelter’s various programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF’s “Playing For Life” program. Created by Training and Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, the program currently reaches more than 40 shelters.

    Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in our community and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes.

    SASF has been called one of the most progressive shelters in the country, having recently won an award as the finest shelter on Long Island and ranked in the top 10 percdnt of the best rated shelters in the United States.

    In addition, the Shelter leads the country with its “live release rate”, which means that of all dogs and cats brought to the shelter, 94 percent are adopted.

    SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention. No adoptable animal is left behind!

    To learn more, please visit SASF online.