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Lakeshore Athena Award to be handed out Oct. 2

• Sep 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

MUSKEGON — Carole R. Valade, past editor of Gemini Publications, will be the keynote speaker for the 14th annual Athena on the Lakeshore Award luncheon.

The event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Muskegon Country Club, 2801 Lakeshore Drive, Muskegon. 

As one of the first women in the U.S. to be named editor of a regional business newspaper, Valade has received numerous awards for writing and newspaper design. She was named the 2012 Athena recipient in Grand Rapids and was inducted into the Michigan Business Hall of Fame this past February. Valade has served in a number of leadership positions in many West Michigan community groups.

The Athena on the Lakeshore award luncheon is a program of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven-Spring Lake-Ferrysburg. Awards are 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 who exhibit the spirit of regional collaboration.

This year features nine Athena Award finalists and four Athena Young Professional Award finalists.

2018 Athena Award finalists: Zaneta Adams, William Hughes PLLC; Mary Boyd, Mercy Health & St. Joseph Health System; Jennifer Bustard, Mona Shores Public Schools; Pam Curtis, Senior Resources of West Michigan; Kimberly Maguire, Mercy Health Muskegon; Julia Rupp, HealthWest; Brianna Scott, Brianna T. Scott & Associates PLLC; Chris Weavers-Stevenson, JW’s and J-Dubs; and Barbara Lee VanHorssen, Extended Grace.

Young Professional Award finalists: Sara Barco, Weiss Chiropractic; Meghan Heritage, BlueWest Properties; Dena Isabell, Consumers Energy; and Cece Riley, HealthWest.

Reservations are required for the luncheon. The cost to attend is $35 per person for Chamber members and $55 for nonmembers, or $400 for a corporate table of eight. A portion of all tickets sales supports local leadership programs. Reservations can be made by visiting www.muskegon.org or by calling the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at 231-722-3751. 

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