Tuesday, July 22, 2014

VANEESE THOMAS PERFORMS AT SOUL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN ITALY

Singer and songwriter Vaneese Thomas recently performed at Porretta Soul Festival, an annual Italian music festival that took place this year from July 17 – 20, 2014.

The festival, known as the world’s premier festival for vintage soul music, is held in the center of Porretta Terme, a picturesque village in Northern Italy. The outdoor amphitheater where it takes place is named after Vaneese’s late father Rufus Thomas, who was the venue’s honored guest and featured performer for many years.
Rufus Thomas 
The Porretta Soul Festival acknowledges the importance of Memphis’ contributions to Soul Music, particularly during the 1960s and 70s. Remarkably, half a century after the height of soul music in Memphis, and thousands of miles away, that sound is still celebrated in this tiny Italian town.

Since it started in 1987, the Porretta Soul Festival has featured mostly Memphis artists such as The Bar-Kays, the Bo-Keys, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and musician Marvell Thomas. This year, Vaneese Thomas will play alongside Memphis and Mid-South artists such as Toni Green and Denise Lasalle.
Porretta Terme
Vaneese’s latest album, “Blues For My Father”, is dedicated to her legendary father as an R n’ B pioneer whose work will never be forgotten. What better place to hear her sing the amazing tracks on the album than at Rufus Thomas Park! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

JEAN SHAFIROFF HOSTS SOUTHAMPTON ANIMAL SHELTER FOUNDATION’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE GALA

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff chaired the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s (SASF) 5th Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 19th, 2014, at a stunning waterfront home in Southampton.

Adorable kittens and puppies, including baby Chihuahuas, were up for option and proceeds raised from the event will help SASF to care for over 1,200 homeless animals per year.

Shafiroff hosted the James Bond themed event, alongside Board President Jonathan McCann and Chairwoman Emeritus Susan Allen, which honored animal advocate Georgina Bloomberg.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, came out to support Georgina and the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, and Mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo. Shafiroff’s daughters Jackie and Elizabeth and her husband Martin also came along to support the cause.

Emcee Rachel Grant welcomed over 300 guests before introducing Jean Shafiroff, who thanked everyone involved in organizing the excellent event. 

Georgina Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Jean Shafiroff (Photo: Patrick McMullan)
Jean Shafiroff (Photo: Rob Rich)
Georgina Bloomberg, Michael Bloomberg, Jean Shafiroff (Photo: Patrick McMullan) 
To find out more about The Southampton Animal Shelter, click here

Thursday, July 17, 2014

JILL ZARIN HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL LUXURY LADIES LUNCHEON BENEFIT

Bravo’s RHONY star Jill Zarin hosted her Second Annual Luxury Ladies Luncheon, among the most anticipated events in Southampton this summer, at her private estate in Southampton. 

Guests enjoyed a day of beauty, pampering, drinking, dining and shopping for a charitable cause. 

Marion Waxman, Jill Zarin, Samuel Waxman (Photo: Johnny Nunez)
Simon Van Kemp, Roble Ali, Jill Zarin, Cynthia Bailey, Alex McCord, Noelle Roboinson, Dr. Ronald Blatt Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez
As quoted in the Huffington Post, Dr. Waxman, of the Samuel Waman Cancer Research Foundation, was pleased with Zarins’ support, which will help them to fund researchers worldwide. 

With food and décor provided by Carlyle Catering, the event hosted complimentary spa services including manicures, massages, makeup touch-ups, trunk shows, branded engagement, amazing gift bags and luxe facials from MedSpa44; New York City’s hottest new medical spa. A donation from the proceeds and the Zarin Family Trust will be made to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

In addition to MedSpa44, other sponsors included: mophie; Douglas Elliman; Jose Cuervo Teagarita; Derma ProMedics; Lauren Cecchi New York; Le bébé Coo; Zarin Fabrics; Skweez Couture; GrandeLASH-MD; Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions, among others.

To find out more about MedSpa44, click here.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

JEAN SHAFIROFF HOSTS POST-PREMIERE PARTY

In tandem with her philanthropic responsibilities, New York humanitarian Jean Shafiroff helps to organize and host some of the city’s most star-studded entertainment events.

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Jean held a party following the premiere of A Long Way Down – a film starring Toni Colette, Pierce Brosnan, and Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.

Directed by Pascal Chaumeil and based on the book of the same name by Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down is about four strangers who form a bond on the roof of a London building on New Year’s Eve.


The post-screening bash was held at Midtown East’s glamorous B & Co. Stars of the show and several celebrities were in attendance, including Elizabeth Kurpis, Philip Bloch, Lenay Dunn and Melanie Iglesias. 

Pierce Brosnan and Toni Colette (Photo: Billy Farrell Agency)
Jean Shafiroff and Tony Colette (Photo: Billy Farrell Agency)
Read more here.

To see photos of the event, click here

Friday, June 20, 2014

JEAN SHAFIROFF SHINES AT THE 2014 FRAGRANCE FOUNDATION AWARDS

On June 16th, noted philanthropist and Couture Council board member Jean Shafiroff attended the 2014 Fragrance Foundation Awards, celebrating the global fragrance industry and its creative achievements at the Lincoln Center in New York City. 

It was a star-studded affair with Emmy-Award winning comedian Dana Carvey as host, a performance from recording artist Judith Hill, and actors like Michael C. Hall from the drama series Dexter in attendance.

Jean Shafiroff
To read more, click here and here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

VANEESE THOMAS PERFORMS AT BLUES FOR MY FATHER ALBUM LAUNCH

Singer and songwriter Vaneese Thomas launched her new album Blues For My Father last night at The Cutting Room in the Flatiron District, New York City.

Guests were treated to a performance by the talented Vaneese, who sang authentic, soulful blues songs - paying homage to her late father, Rufus Thomas, a legendary musician whose career in rhythm-and-blues spanned more than half a century. She sang songs from the album including 10 x The Man You Are, When My Baby Gets Home, and Corner of Heartache and Pain.

Blues for My Father is the first of Vaneese’s five albums to feature blues, showing further depth from this versatile singer.

Notable guests, such as actress, Sean Young, and musicians, Will Lee and Shawn Pelton, dined at the venue’s candlelit tables while listening to Vaneese’s performance, which was supported by a first rate band and backup singers including her friend Berneta Miles and vionlinist Katie Jacoby.

The album is published by Segue Records and available on iTunes and features collaborations with Carla Thomas, Buddy Williams, Marvell Thomas, Lisa Discher, Kirk Whalum, Will Lee, Shawn Pelton, Paul Shaffer, Fonzi Thornton and Alan Gorrie. 

For more, click here and here

Monday, June 16, 2014

OCEAN DUNES RESORT RESIDENCES FEATURED IN ABC’S LIST OF “TOP FIVE BEACHFRONT MOTELS”

Oceanfront property Ocean Dunes in Amagansett, New York, has been featured in ABC’s list of the Top Five “Awesome Beachfront Motels” in the world.



ABC considered beach getaways from all across the world – looking for affordable peace and tranquility.

The article points out Ocean Dune’s high points as, “the outdoor pool, private beach access and location within walking distance of the hamlet of Amagansett”.

“All units come with a kitchen […] and feature affordable rates, especially considering the property’s tony Hamptons address.”

To read the article, click here.


To find out more on Ocean Dunes Resort & Residences, visit www.distinctiveventures.com