On February 23, the New York Junior League (NYJL) hosted its 67th Annual Winter Ball at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers to benefit the female-led organization’s commitment to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
First held in 1952, the Winter Ball is one of New York City’s longest running charity galas. As the NYJL’s largest annual event, the Winter Ball raises the critical funds needed for the organization’s community programs, executed in partnership with over 50 other New York City nonprofits. The evening honored seven women—two Outstanding Sustainers (Robin Stratton Rivera and Dorothy Echols “Dee Dee” Scarborough) and five Outstanding Volunteers (Beth Batiuchok-Colón, Shelby Spears Carroll, Dayna Barlow Cassidy, Leighanna Morbey Favale, and Allison Davis O’Keefe)—who exemplify an exceptional commitment to volunteerism, while supporting the community efforts of the NYJL. The Winter Ball also increases awareness of important issues facing New York City residents through the presentation of the President’s Council Award, granted each year to an NYJL community partner whose work has proven particularly effective in improving the lives of New York City’s women, children, and families and with whom the NYJL closely collaborates.