Carmel, N.Y. – 9/08/2013 – Twenty-two extraordinary women have been inducted into Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C, I – Patterson) Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, The Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding women from throughout the 40th Senate District. In March, Senator Ball asked every town, village and city in his district to submit a nomination. On Sunday Senator Ball hosted a ceremony to officially induct each women into the 40th Senate District Hall of Fame.

“The Women of Distinction Ceremony was a project I launched in recognition of Women’s History Month and inspired by the accomplished and outstanding women I have had the privilege of collaborating with through my current tenure serving the people of the 40th Senate District. While all those nominated have worked and volunteered without want of recognition, their efforts have not gone without notice or appreciation,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The diversity and depth of their work speaks to the amount of time and dedication each has volunteered on behalf of and in support of a simple truth; that all change is local. Each took it upon herself to respond to some compelling community need. These women did not wait or idle when the opportunity for real change presented itself. Instead, each used her own unique talents and skills to respond to an issue or challenge in her community that merited action.”

The honorees will also be included on a ‘Traveling Wall of Fame’ that will be on display throughout Senator Greg Ball’s district.

“It is exciting and rewarding to be part of history,” said Joyce Butterfield, the Pound Ridge Woman of Distinction. “I thank Senator Ball for this special honor of representing Pound Ridge and its women volunteers.”

“I am very honored to receive this recognition.  I have worked alongside many wonderful people in my professional and community life,” said Marjorie Nichols Keith, the Carmel Woman of Distinction. “I would like to thank Supervisor Ken Schmitt and Town Board members for the Town of Carmel for the nomination and Senator Greg Ball for creating the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.”

“I am so happy to nominate Marjorie Keith as Carmel’s Woman of Distinction. I can’t think of anyone better to receive this nomination. She has selflessly donated countless hours of her time to our youth and our community, along with countless hours spent volunteering for Cornell Cooperative Extension” said Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Senator Greg Ball for organizing this great event and allowing us to nominate Marjorie for this award.”

Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy said, every year he looks forward to recognizing an outstanding community member at the hall of fame. This year the Yorktown Town Board nominated Tricy Cushner.

“Tricy does wonderful work for the town of Yorktown, working with our children to raise awareness and help prevent the use of harmful drugs,” said Councilman Murphy. “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Senator Ball and his staff for hosting this event and allowing us to recognize Tricy.”

The complete list of honorees with their biography and photo from Sunday’s event:

Beekman, Ruth Hogan

Brewster, Verna Bergstrom

Briarcliff Manor, Nikki Metzger

Buchanan, Guinevere Ferris

Carmel, Marjorie L. Nichols Keith

Cortlandt, Janet Mainiero

Croton-on-Hudson, Cynthia Lippolis

Lewisboro, Crystal Kennedy

Mount Kisco, Linda Cindrich

New Castle, Maya Manley

North Salem, Maria Hlushko

Patterson, Hazel Martinez (Posthumously)

Pawling, Rose Clarkson

Peekskill, Ruth Wells

Pleasantville, Janice Gambino

Mount Pleasant, Susan Guiney

Pound Ridge, Joyce Butterfield

Sleepy Hollow, Sophie Phillips

Sleepy Hollow, Filomena Fallacaro 

Somers, Doris Jane Smith

Southeast, Ruth Mazzei

Yorktown, Tricy Cushner


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About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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