Ellen Ricciuti — invaluable advice and outstanding leadership.

Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Ellen Ricciuti, Advisor to the Junior League

Ellen Ricciuti has been an active member of the Amityville Woman’s Club for the last 24 years and was its President from 1998-2000. She was born and raised in Amityville, NY by her parents Edmund and Ellen Pollini and grew up surrounded by a big family of aunts, uncles and cousins. She fondly remembers family trips to Amityville Beach and Fire Island. After attending Hofstra University and graduating with a history degree, Ellen became a school teacher. She taught, fourth, fifth and sixth grade for 30 years in Massapequa, Central Islip and Babylon school districts.

Ellen joined the Junior League of the Amityville Woman’s Club and became its President in 1964. During her years in the Junior League, Ellen was always very active especially with such activities as the Holiday Homes Tour, which she considers the organization’s signature and most important event. Ellen is now a senior member of the Woman’s Club spearheading important philanthropic events and scholarships.

Throughout her life, Ellen has been very involved in the Amityville community. As a young girl she was a member of the Girl Scouts, and she was later active in other organizations such as the Mary P. Myton Literary Society, which is now part of the Women’s Club, and was on the Board of The Long Island Federation of Women’s Clubs – a governing agency of women’s clubs organizations. Today, Ellen is an active member of Our Lady of the Island Columbiettes; Vice Chairman of the Board of Long Island Home; Committeewoman of the Republican Party; and past President of the Amityville Historical Society.

Ellen continues to reside in Amityville with her husband Vincent of 36 years. She plans to stay very involved in the community and the Junior League in years to come. She finds working with the girls of the Junior League most rewarding.

The Junior League has been blessed to have Ellen as its advisor for over twenty years. 

The Ellen Ricciuti Leadership and Service Award was instituted in 2016 under Maureen Howard's presidency. 

Leadership and Service Award

The Junior League presents a $500 scholarship award to a graduating senior at Amityville High School who exemplifies the spirit of the Amityville Junior League; a student that pursues academic excellence and demonstrates outstanding leadership and service to the community. When it came to deciding the name for this award, the answer was easy. The Junior League proudly named it the Ellen Ricciuti Leadership and Service Award. We do not know where the Junior League would be without the continued work and support of Ellen. She is truly a treasure to our organization and the Amityville community.

The 2017 award recipient is Davianna Dinnoo, who exemplifies the spirit of the Amityville Junior League. The Ellen Ricciuti Leadership and Service Award is presented once a year to a graduating Senior at Amityville High School.  


Past Recipients

  • 2016 Kenneth Dinnoo
  • 2017 Davianna Dinnoo
  • 2018 Karina Aracena