|Nominations Currently Being Sought for the Annual Athena Award|
Nominations for the annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce/ Berger Family Dealerships "Athena Award" are now being accepted. Nomination letters will be sent in the Chamber’s March newsletter to over 1,000 Chamber member contacts, and are also available at the Chamber office at Citiscape, 20 W. Broad Street, Downtown Hazleton and online at www.hazletonchamber.org.
The award is presented annually to the "Businesswoman of the Year" in the Greater Hazleton Area. The presentation, which features a handsome bronze and crystal sculpture, is presented as part of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and is sponsored by Berger Family Dealerships. This year, the award will be presented on Thursday, May 21st, at the 117th Annual Dinner of the Chamber, to take place at the Genetti Best Western Inn and Suites.
The Chamber "Athena" award will be given to the businesswoman who has demonstrated the "highest level of professional accomplishment" and is based primarily on professional competency, achievement and dedication. According to Chamber officials the "Athena" award is not intended to be a civic achievement award, but a meaningful recognition of women as an integral part of the Hazleton Area workplace.
This year will mark the twenty-second presentation of the award which was initiated by the Chamber twenty- three years ago. Previous winners are, 1986: Lillian Paternoster, Case and Keg Beverage, 1987: Lorraine Shema Piehota, Bishop Hafey High School, 1988:Donna Jean Yannuzzi, Job Johnny of Hazleton, 1989: Mary Bollman, former Administrative Assistant for the Chamber of Commerce, 1990; Patricia Werner-Savage, Lutheran Welfare Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1991: Theresa Raffety, Executive Secretary and Office Manager, Yamulla Trucking and Excavating Co., Inc, 1992: Martha Herron, Hazleton Area Manager, Pennsylvania Power and Light Company, 1994:JoAnn Yannuzzi, Hazleton Floral Design, 1996: Ruth Wimsatt, Wellife Health and Fitness, 1997: Molly Blasko, Sport Shack, 1998: Bettie Sitoski, PNC Bank, 1999: Linda Schreiber of the Hazleton YM-YWCA, 2000: Catherine Seamon of United Rehabilitation Services; 2001: Mary Jane Saras, Serento Gardens Alcoholism and Drug Rehabilitation Services; 2002: Atty. Sharon Evans, 2003; Dr. Geraldine Shepperson; 2004: Mary Malone of the Greater Hazleton United Way, 2005; Atty. Elizabeth Maguschak; 2006, Jennifer Sloot, Printmark Industries,2007, Paula Sagan Hahn of Fritzingertown Senior Living Community and in 2008, Lonni Polli, Early-Polli Agency. No awards were presented in 1993 or 1995
Chamber President Donna Palermo notes, "Once again, we are pleased be able to count on the support and sponsorship of Berger Family Dealerships in presenting this most prestigious award. The Berger family has sponsored this award since its inception, and we proud to join with them again this year."
For 2009, the Chamber's Annual Meeting will continue with its successful format which will include an extended Executive Reception and an exclusive business and trade exposition. In addition, Leadership Hazleton will be celebrating their 25th anniversary and will be conducting their graduation highlighting the many businesses who support the program by sponsoring an employee or by providing a scholarship to the program.
Registration forms for the business show will been mailed in the Chamber’s March newsletter with Annual Dinner invitations going out a few weeks later. For information on the Athena Award, Business Expo or the Annual Dinner, contact the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce at 455-1509.
CLICK HERE for Official Nomination Form 05/03/2009,11:13 212.72 Kb
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