Monday, December 13, 2010

Chamber seeks nominations for 7th annual Athena Awards

The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Athena Awards which will be presented at a luncheon March 23, 2011, in The Diamond Room at Ceruti’s Summit Park.

The Athena Award program celebrates exceptional individuals who have achieved excellence in their profession, have served the community in a meaningful way and have assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.

Nomination forms and criteria are available at the event page at and are due January 14, 2011.

Irene Walters, executive director of university relations and communications at IPFW, was honored as last year’s recipient.

"The import and significance of Athena is in showcasing the importance of the work each of the nominees do, both professionally and in a volunteer capacity, that helps to improve the community," Walters said. "That’s what it’s all about: Making a better community."

Past nominees include Dr. Wendy Robinson of Fort Wayne Community Schools, Sister Elise Kriss of the University of Saint Francis, Chief Deputy Dottie Davis of the Fort Wayne Police Department, Sandi Kemmish of Lincoln Financial Foundation, and Kathleen Randolph of WorkOne Northeast.

The Athena Award includes presentations to more than 5,000 individuals in hundreds of cities across the world. The Fort Wayne recipient will be invited to join the thousands of Athena Award Recipients worldwide at the annual Athena Leadership Conference.

The Chamber’s Athena Award ceremony includes a presentation of $1,000 scholarships to female high school students for use in continuing education. In 2006, the Athena Scholarship was founded with a generous contribution from Dr. Michelle Helfgott of Northeast OB/GYN. Dr. Helfgott has continued to donate and will present the scholarships to this year’s recipients.

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