PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Twenty-five year Peekskill resident Ruth Wells has been named an honoree for State Sen. Greg Ball's Women of Distinction award, along with 22 others from the New York State Senate’s 40th District.
As a designer of sets and costumes for theater, opera, ballet and television, Wells spent 23 years as an art director on the soap opera “One Life to Live,” winning two Emmys, according to Ball’s website. Since 2005, Wells has been a leading member of the Board of Caring for the Homeless of Peekskill, Inc. and helped found Fred’s Pantry, where she coordinates the distribution of 14,000 meals annually. She has also volunteered for several school and city organizations.
To read more about Wells, click here.
In March, Ball (R,C,I – Patterson) asked residents of his district – which includes parts of Westchester, Dutchess and Putnam counties – to submit nominations.
“While all those nominated have worked and volunteered without want of recognition, their efforts have not gone without notice or appreciation. 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,” Ball’s statement said. “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 Women Of Distinction Hall of Fame will be held Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Putnam County Emergency Services Building in Carmel. The honorees will also be included on a Traveling Wall of Fame that will be on display throughout the district.
To see the full list of 22 women chosen for the hall of fame, visit Ball's website.