Congratulations to the NYJL’s 2018 Outstanding Sustainers!

We look forward to celebrating this year’s Outstanding Sustainers at Winter Ball on Saturday, March 3 at The Pierre Hotel.

For an NYJL Sustainer, the Outstanding Sustainer award is the highest honor she can receive. Every year, two Sustainers are chosen by a committee of her peers to receive this prestigious honor. Outstanding Sustainers carry on the NYJL mission through continued service both for the League and in the community at large.

Congratulations to Nancy Houghton and Wendy Wade! We hope you can join us at Winter Ball in celebrating their achievement.

Nancy Houghton

Outstanding Sustainer Nancy Houghton has spent her life making positive changes in her community. The NYJL “trained her to value volunteers and she particularly learned from the Junior League that volunteers must be in a job they like and enjoy doing.” Today, Nancy is the Executive Director at Health Advocates for Older People, where she uses her training and past experiences with the NYJL to lead 700 free programs each year for more than 1,000 participants. Her ties to NYJL’s work remain strong. In fact, Community Health Access Module Program committee provides weekly seminars for the organization that Nancy leads. Working with this team has introduced a whole new generation of volunteers to her. She counts the partnership as “an enormous blessing.”

Nancy served on the Early Childhood Development committee for over 18 years, where her work prompted her to get a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus in parenting from NYU. The lessons she learned during her years on the committee have “spilled over into all areas of her life.”

Nancy also worked with the Breast Cancer committee, bringing awareness to the disease. She often made presentations explaining the life-saving importance of self-examinations to employee groups in New York City. She held roles on the Placement and Thanksgiving Eve Ball committees. Outside of the NYJL, she continues her outstanding volunteer service at the Church of the Heavenly Rest and the Child’s Health Service.

Gwendolen (Wendy) L. Wade

Wendy credits her long and extraordinary tenure with the NYJL for “preparing her to step out into the New York community at any level and offer volunteer service.” The citizens of New York continue to benefit from her long-time advocacy for the health and well-being of her neighbors.

As an active volunteer with the NYJL, Wendy chaired the Provisional Training and Personnel committees. She also chaired the Winter Ball and Thanksgiving Eve Ball committees, two important fundraisers that are “a wonderful way to introduce young women to the League at an early age.” Wendy was on the Board of Directors as Secretary where she wrote for the NYJL newsletter, then called Bulletin. Her time on the Board was a “wonderful experience, introducing her to the inner workings of the League and to many talented women.” Serving on the Board offered Wendy a special opportunity to help plan and shape the future of the Junior League. In 1980, Wendy was named an Outstanding Volunteer. In addition to her NYJL service, Wendy is the First Vice President of the Health Advocates for Older People, where she was honored beside Edward Cardinal Egan in 2012 as an Outstanding Community Leader. She has held positions on many boards, including Episcopal Charities and the Garrison Forest School, where she received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2016.

Wendy is a Healing Practitioner, Teacher, and a Reiki Master. She currently owns Wendy Wade Designs where she creates and manufactures hand-painted and decoupaged decorative Tôle accessories. Wendy’s dedication to giving back was instilled in her by her mother’s example of volunteering at the local hospital coffee shop in rural Massachusetts. Wendy is proud that her commitment of service has been passed on to her grandchildren.

Congratulations again to Nancy and Wendy, and we hope you can join us in celebrating this honor and their dedication to the community at Winter Ball this Saturday.

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The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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