SUMMIT, NJ - Jean Hughes, who has dedicated more than six decades of volunteer service to The Junior League of Summit (JLS) and the Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, has been named the recipient of the JLS Sustainer of the Year Award, an honor that was recently bestowed upon her at the Junior League of Summit Annual Dinner.

The JLS is a nonprofit, charitable, and educational organization of women who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

The JLS has also named the sorting room in the Thrift Shop in honor of Hughes, a space she advocated for and spearheaded. Hughes, a resident of Chatham, can often be found offering a friendly smile and assistance in the Shop, conveying the JLS mission to maintain a welcoming environment for its customers and creating a community, rather than simply a retail establishment.

The JLS Thrift Shop. located at 37 DeForest Avenue, was established in 1934 and offers new and gently used clothing and shoes for men, women, and children, toys, decorative items for the home, house wares, and furniture that is deeply discounted. It is the primary fundraiser for the JLS, and has provided the resources for the organization's many grants, projects, programs, and scholarships over the years.