The Urban Resource Institute Honors Jean Shafiroff With The 2024 Trailblazer Award

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Jean Shafiroff URI Trailblazer Honoree with URI President and CEO Nathaniel Fields

Our favorite philanthropist, humanitarian, and author Jean Shafiroff was recently honored with the 2024 Trailblazer Award by The Urban Resource Institute (URI), the nation’s largest provider of domestic violence shelter services. Ms. Shafiroff was recognized for her philanthropic endeavors and particular work in the areas of women’s issues and animal welfare charities.

The award ceremony was held at URI’s 2024 URI Celebration: A Decade Honoring the Human-Animal Bond, at the iconic Cipriani 25 Broadway. The event commemorates ten years of the groundbreaking People and Animals Living Safely (PALS) program.

Coinciding with National Pet Month, the event highlighted the transformative impact of PALS, and celebrated the continued commitment to providing safety for survivors of domestic violence and their pets.

Jean Shafiroff 2024 URI Celebration Gala Trailblazer Honoree with Event MC John Quinones of ABC News

The celebration was hosted by ABC News veteran John Quiñones, who underscored the significance of the event during his opening remarks. “Tonight is more than a celebration; it’s a reaffirmation of our community’s commitment to protecting both people and their pets,” said Quiñones. “As someone who has seen firsthand the power of storytelling to drive change, I am incredibly proud to be part of URI’s efforts to shine a light on these crucial issues.”

New York State Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright bestowed the award upon Ms. Shafiroff, who encouraged all to give what they can regardless of circumstances, highlighting the power of collective giving and the impact everyone can have.

2024 URI Celebration Gala Trailblazer Honoree Jean Shafiroff with New York State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright.

“As an advocate for human rights, I am dedicated to shining a spotlight on issues that face families including women, children and others affected by domestic violence and abuse,” said Jean Shafiroff. “URI’s groundbreaking work to help transform the lives of domestic violence survivors and their pets is truly inspiring. I am so very honored to receive the Trailblazer Award in solidarity with URI and its important work.”

The evening concluded with a call to action for continued community support to fund the development of a new PALS Pet Park at the URI New Visions shelter in Queens, which will provide a safe and therapeutic space for pets and their owners.

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