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Lakeshore Athena Award to be presented Oct. 3

• Sep 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM

FERRYSBURG — Patti Poppe, president and CEO of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, will be the keynote speaker for the 13th annual Lakeshore Athena Award luncheon.

The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the Trillium Catering and Event Center, 17246 Van Wagoner Road in Ferrysburg.

Poppe held a variety of automotive management positions and served as power plant director at Detroit-based DTE Energy before returning to her hometown of Jackson to join Consumers Energy in 2011. She was named the utility’s president and CEO in July 2016.

The Lakeshore Athena Award Luncheon is a program of The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding Lakeshore women who have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession, have provided valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community, assist women in reaching their full potential, and exhibit the spirit of regional collaboration.

This year’s eight Athena nominee finalists are: Liz DeLaLuz, Greater Ottawa County United Way; Darcy Komejan, Children’s Advocacy Center; Reyno Masko, Ottawa County court investigator; Geri McCaleb, mayor of Grand Haven; Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage; Kelly Springer, Metal Flow Corp.; Rachel Terpstra, Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy PLC; and Mirka Wilderer, Evoqua Water Technologies.

The 2017 Athena Young Professional nominee finalists are: Elizabeth Carson, The Shoreline Center; Stefanie Herder, Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; Colleen Hill, Huntington Bank; Elizabeth Kidd, Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area; and Nicole Paquette, Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.

Reservations are required to attend the event. The cost is $45 per person for Chamber members and $55 per person for nonmembers, or $430 for a corporate table of eight. A portion of all ticket sales supports the Athena Scholarship Program. Reservations can be made by calling The Chamber Grand Haven at 616-842-4910 by Sept. 27. You can also register online at www.grandhavenchamber.org.

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