On February 23rd, The New York Junior League hosted its 67th Annual Winter Ball. This year, the organization’s members and guests came together at a stunning new venue, Pier Sixty overlooking the Hudson River. Bal en Blanc was the theme this year, but that did not stop attendees from wearing showstopper gowns of all colors.
The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction followed by a seated dinner and ceremony honoring the outstanding sustainers and volunteers, followed by a cocktail reception and silent auction. The fabulous dinner served nearly 350 who were in attendance enjoying a fine three course meal while listening to brief speeches given by the President Lauren Chung, and one honoree, Angel Rodriguez from Avenues of Justice who was the President’s Council Award recipient.
From left to right: 2019 Outstanding Volunteers (Allison Davis O’Keefe, Leighanna Morbey Favale, Dayna Barlow Cassidy, Shelby Spears Carroll and Beth Batiuchok-Colon) and 2019 Outstanding Sustainers (Dorothy Echols (“Dee Dee”) Scarborough and Robin Stratton Rivera)
During the dinner and through dessert, a brilliant live auction began which raised $40,000 for the NYJL. Auction items included luxurious travel getaways, including a magical trip to Morocco and an enchanting ski trip to Courchevel for an Alpine Escape! The auction also offered exclusive tours and dinners around Manhattan, and even an opportunity to host a personal event at the historic Astor House, home to the New York Junior League headquarters.
Dessert and Dancing guests arrived and were joined by the VIPs who attended the dinner for several hours of dancing the night away to the lively band who kept the vibe going. A glorious change from the previous Winter Ball events at the Pierre Hotel on the Upper East Side, Chelsea Piers premiering as the new venue was a hit! Guests appeared to really enjoy the view and also the atmosphere of the open waterfront party.
Each year the New York Junior League works tirelessly to organize their largest fundraising event of the year so that its members and non members can come together and honor the year’s most outstanding sustainers and volunteers for their incredible dedication and accomplished work as women leaders within the organization. The Winter Ball also earns substantial proceeds to directly benefit the NYJL and this year raised over $500,000! Next year will surely be tasked to top the 67th Annual Winter Ball, but we are sure only something greater will be in store!
Please join the New York Junior League in congratulating our 2019 Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers! Toast to this year’s honorees and hear stories about them from their friends and family during the upcoming Outstanding Sustainer and Outstanding Volunteer Announcement Party, taking place on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Astor House.
Our Outstanding Volunteers for 2019 are Beth Batiuchok-Colon, Shelby Spears Carroll, Dayna Cassidy, Leighanna Morbey and Allison Davis O’Keefe. Our Outstanding Sustainers are Robin Stratton Rivera and Dee Dee Scarborough. The awards represent the highest honor that a NYJL active or sustainer can receive.
Join us at this year’s Announcement Party to make the evening an extra special event for this year’s honorees. All members, friends, and family are invited to attend.
Congratulations again to these extraordinary women who will be honored on February 23, 2019 during the 67th Annual Winter Ball at Pier Sixty.
The NYJL Specialty Events Committee recent hosted the 3rd Annual Shop & Stroll Madison Avenue event, on what turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny Saturday in New York. As in previous years, the NYJL partnered with many Madison Avenue retailers to offer an amazing shopping experience with a portion of proceeds benefiting the NYJL. Each store had exquisite hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, exclusive shopping discounts and in some stores, special gift items with purchases.
The morning began at the Astor House with a toast at the mimosa bar, breakfast bites, and a Uwila Warrior pop-up shop who gave a generous donation to this year’s Shop & Stroll event. Thank you Uwila Warrior for your continued support!
Each year, the NYJL holds a variety of events such as Shop & Stroll Madison Avenue to generate the vital dollars necessary to support our charitable activities. The success of these events, along with generous donations from individuals and businesses, helps us achieve our mission to improve the lives of women and children in New York City. We hope to see you at an upcoming fundraiser to learn more and to support the work we do in New York City.
Thank you again to everyone who supported this year’s Shop & Stroll. It was a beautiful day that brought people together to support the NYJL and all its community efforts – we’re already looking forward to next year’s event!
Rising temperatures and long, sunny afternoons means that summer is just around the corner. Before you make your holiday plans, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the activities taking place at the New York Junior League over the coming months. These events are a great opportunity to catch up with friends, meet new volunteers and start planning for next year!
Sustainer-hosted event: Celebrate the Summer Palm Beach Style!
(Open to all volunteers, not just Sustainers!)
Wednesday, June 6, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Palm Beach fashion has always been more than just the dress. Vibrant colors, palm trees, and larger than life fare will transform the Astor House into a fabulous summer setting! Join old friends and new for a fabulous and stylish night to celebrate the end of a great year and the beginning of summer. Enjoy great appetizers, beverages, and a Pink Flamingo specialty drink. It will be a night to remember! Cost is $35 (includes appetizers; beverages are additional). Don’t miss out and be sure to register today!
Join Us for Passport to Summer
Tuesdays and Wednesdays from July 10 to July 24, 5:00–9:30 p.m.
Mark your calendars and join members and friends of the New York Junior League for relaxing and fun summer evenings at the Astor House. Enjoy a special à la carte buffet menu featuring a selection of seasonal fare along with summer wines and specialty cocktails.
Be sure to check out the NYJL Facebook Group this Summer to stay up-to-date on everything happening at the League and to learn about ways to stay involved in the community.
The third-annual Savor the Spring was once again an evening filled with culinary delights. Proceeds raised benefited the NYJL’s charitable activities, including signature projects such as Cooking & Health Education for Families (C.H.E.F.), which works with underserved families across New York City to cook healthy, affordable meals. Below is just a small sampling of the evening’s delectable offerings from some of New York’s best chefs and mixologists.
- Fat Monk with delicious gastropub treats
- Liquid Lab demonstrating their take on modern mixology
Interested in purchasing a bottle of their Whiskey? Find out more details here. For those interested in sampling it again at bars and restaurants that carry the Whiskey, click here for an interactive map that shows all of our locations, including liquor stores.
Thank you to all of our supporters and be sure to save the date for next year’s Savor the Spring, April 29, 2019!