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Five nominated for Geneva ATHENA Award

Five women had a special day on Tuesday when they were presented with a rose signifying their nomination for the prestigious ATHENA Geneva Award.Established in 1982, the ATHENA award is given annually to women in communities around the United States to recognize leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, while also assisting women to reach their full leadership potential.The criteria for the award include professional leadership, community service and personal leadership.The five women nominated this year are:Laura Pedersen, co-owner and financial manager, Pedersen Farms Inc.;Kathleen Fuchs, tutoring coordinator, Canandaigua City School District;Mary Walsh Boatfield, chief executive officer, Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy Inc./Happiness House;Florence “Flo” Hoyt, community volunteer, fund-raiser and activist; andMichela “Mickey” Gilbert Schultz, owner, SA Gilbert Jeweler.A dinner to recognize the nominees and present the 2009 award recipient is being planned for Sept. 10, 2009, at Club 86. Mike Barnard Chevrolet Buick, located on Hamilton Street in Geneva, is the founding sponsor of the event. For more information, call the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at 315-789-1776.The first four ATHENA recipients were Nancee Scott, Geneva Branch Manager of Seneca Falls Savings Bank, Dr. Jane McCaffrey, Lucile Mallard, Finger Lakes Misdemeanor Drug Court Resource Coordinator, and Lara Chatel Turbide, vice president, community services of Finger Lakes Health.ATHENA Geneva is organized by a Steering Committee of Chamber members chaired by Jessica McGuigan, public relations and program manager at the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, and Christine Shultz, director of clinical services and program initiatives at Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy Inc./Happiness House.“We are proud to continue highlighting outstanding women from Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties who have done great things and inspired and helped others,” said Rob Gladden, Chamber president and CEO.A reception to honor and introduce the nominees will take place on Thursday, July 23, from 4-5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn.

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