Honorary Chairs Susan Allen, Board President Jonathan McCann and Jean Shafiroff welcomed over 200 supporters to the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s (SASF) 4th Annual Unconditional Love Gala at the home of Sandra McConnell on July 20.
WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough emceed the evening and honored NBC’s award-winning animal advocate and best-selling author Jill Rappaport along with ASPCA animal behaviorist and trainer Pamela Reid, Ph.D CAAB, who was given the outstanding achievement award.
The Alex Donner Orchestra kept guests including Henry Buhl, Amy and Ray Cosman, Raya and Cliff Knight, Southampton’s Mayor Mark Epley, Jean Remmel Little, Nicole Noonan, Kim Renk and Greg Dwyer, Martin and Elizabeth Shafiroff, Fred Tanne, Lisa McCarthy, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Kevin Maple, and Yaz and Valentine Hernandez on their feet after a fabulous dinner 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 continue to care for over 1,200 homeless animals rescued from 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, 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 and place them in safe homes. 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 their Training & Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, which is currently in over 40 shelters and highlighted at the major animal conferences across the country.