New York Junior League Honors Outstanding Volunteers for Exceptional Community Work at 66th Annual Winter Ball


New York Junior League (NYJL) honored seven volunteers for their service to New York City at its 66th Annual Winter Ball on March 3, at the Pierre Hotel.

Nancy Houghton and Wendy Wade were presented with the NYJL Outstanding Sustainer Award. Mary Catherine Burdine, Katie Cook, Nicole Ferrin, Elizabeth Fabsits Pavone, and Kim Essency Pillari were presented with the NYJL Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Meet NYJL’s Outstanding Sustainers:

Nancy Houghton served on the NYJL’s Early Childhood Development committee for more than 18 years. She worked with the Breast Cancer committee, making presentations about the importance of self-examinations to employee groups in New York City. Houghton also held roles on the Placement and Thanksgiving Eve Ball committees. Today, Nancy is the Executive Director at Health Advocates for Older People where she provides 700 free programs each year.

Wendy Wade chaired the Provisional Training, Personnel, Winter Ball, and Thanksgiving committees. She was on the Board of Directors as Secretary where she wrote for the New York Junior League newsletter. In 1980, Wendy was named an Outstanding Volunteer. Outside of the Junior League, Wade was the first Vice President of Health Advocates for Older People and currently holds positions on boards for NYC Parents in Action, Episcopal Charities and the Garrison Forest School.

Meet NYJL’s Outstanding Volunteers:

Mary Catherine Burdine served on both the Fundraising Events Council and the Development Work Group. She has been instrumental in increasing fundraising revenue, and has now shifted focus to developing future NYJL leaders by serving on the Provisional Training committee.

Katie Cook served on the Playground Improvement Project. She collaborated with the park’s manager to revitalize Tompkins Square Park. Cook also co-chaired the Community Improvement Project committee. Cook’s expertise as a professional chef was led her to be co-chair of the Cooking and Health Education for Families committee (CHEF). She is now the Child Health & Welfare Council Head overseeing CHEF.

Nicole Ferrin was a member and co-chair of the Performance of a Lifetime committee where she worked with children at Boys & Girls Harbor, introducing them to live performances at community venues. This work led her to serve as Culture & the Arts Council Head. Ferrin is currently the Community Senior Council Head and serves on the Strategic Planning Work Group.

Elizabeth Fabsits Pavone joined the Advocates for Public Policy committee to advocate for policy change related to domestic violence. She also served on the Nominating committee and then co-chaired the Community Improvement Project. Pavone led over 30 volunteers, who collectively gave 650 hours of service to complete the renovation project. She now serves as the City Impact Council Head overseeing large-scale projects including the Playground Improvement Project and Community Improvement Project.

Kim Essency Pillari served as a member of the Playground Improvement Project committee, as well as chair and member of the Skylines committee. In 2007, served as the Communications Vice-President and Secretary on the Board of Managers. Pillari also served on the Nominating and Governance committees. In 2011, she was part of the Communications Task Force that created our “I Volunteer Because…” campaign. She served as co-chair of the Development Work Group, chair of the Audit committee, and a member of the Investment Work Group. Today, Kim is serving as a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors.