Princeton, NJ – September 19, 2022 – The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) held its annual Links to Youth Golf Outing on Friday, raising funds and friends to support its signature Summer Bridge Program for young people from historically marginalized communities. During the event, The Ev Pinneo Award was given to Christina Bailey, a PBC trustee and community volunteer. 

Established in 2018 as part of the 110th Anniversary of the Princeton-Blairstown Center, the Ev Pinneo Award is given to a volunteer or staff member who has gone above and beyond in their dedication and commitment to the mission of the Princeton-Blairstown Center, in much the same way that Ev Pinneo has throughout his seven-decade association with PBC. Ev began his career at PBC as a student at Princeton University and throughout the years served PBC in many roles including summer staff program coordinator, student director, Executive Director, part-time Development Director, donor, and volunteer as well as being a member of the Board of Trustees on multiple occasions. Ev now serves as an Honorary Trustee.

Award recipient Christina Bailey joined the board at a critical time for the organization, when the Princeton-Blairstown Center became its own stand-alone nonprofit for the first time after more than 100 years of being part of Princeton University. The epitome of an active and engaged volunteer, Christina delved into a number of different tasks at PBC including organizing and leading a benefit committee to host the Center’s first fundraising benefit in two decades. She has been instrumental in leading marketing efforts to help PBC develop its current logo and website. 

In addition to leading the Institutional Advancement Committee for three years, Christina also recruited friends and colleagues to support PBC – on the board, advisory council and in numerous volunteer roles – and has served as an outspoken ambassador for PBC.

The evening’s program included a PBC Summer Bridge student, Fatima, who spoke about her experiences at PBC.  Fatima shared, “growing up in an area with not many opportunities makes you believe that many things are limited. For a certain time in my life, I believed that going out in the world and being a part of nature was only a dream, but this program made me realize I can go anywhere and do anything.”

Upon receiving the award, Christina said “I’m so honored to receive this award. And, like Ev, I’m somewhat uncomfortable with it because we know it takes a village of people sharing their time, talent, and treasure to change the life, the outlook, and opportunities for students like Fatima.”

About Ev Pinneo and the Ev Pinneo Award

The Ev Pinneo Award is given to a volunteer or staff member who has gone above and beyond in their dedication and commitment to the mission of the Princeton-Blairstown Center, in much the same way that Ev has throughout his seven-decade association with PBC.

Ev’s affiliation with PBC began when he was a Princeton University undergraduate and he served as a summer staff program coordinator in 1947. He continued on as Student Director from 1948-1950. After graduating with a degree in economics, Ev began his career in the corporate world before moving into a long career as a college admissions officer. He maintained his affiliation with PBC during this time as a donor and volunteer. From 1979-1989, Ev served as the Center’s Executive Director, and then as a part-time Development Director from 1989-1992. Ev has been a member of the Board of Trustees several times, a member of the Advisory Council, and now serves as an Honorary Trustee.

Ev has a strong commitment to social justice and vulnerable youth and families.  He has been involved on several Boards throughout Mercer County over the course of decades.  Today, in his ninth decade, Ev attends community forums dedicated to helping the underserved and he regularly makes introductions and connections between nonprofit leaders to aid in collaboration and maximization of services.  Ev is as passionate today as he was in 1947 about changing the trajectory of the lives of the most vulnerable young people in our community.

The Ev Pinneo Award was established in 2018 as part of the 110th Anniversary of the Princeton-Blairstown Center to honor and recognize Ev’s commitment to PBC.

About the Princeton-Blairstown Center 

Princeton-Blairstown Center serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. Developing these skills enables our participants to engage in self-discovery and transform their communities to create a more just world.

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