Grand Rapids chamber names young ATHENA finalists


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The 10 finalists for the 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Award have been announced.

The Grand Rapids Area of Commerce revealed yesterday the finalists for the award, which recognizes emerging leaders for their contributions to the community, professional excellence and commitment to serving as a role model to young women.

“The finalists for this year’s ATHENA award were exceptional, both in their passion and commitment to the community,” said Jennifer Deamud, chair of the ATHENA program committee.

A winner will be chosen from the 10 finalists at the ATHENA Award Celebration on Sept. 15 at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

The finalists

Carlye Allen, East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Lisa Anderson, Grace’s Table

Mercedes Barragan, Spectrum Health

Afton DeVos, Kids’ Food Basket

Sonja Forte, Baxter Community Center

Rachel Hood, Chase Park Grants

Celeste Sanchez Lloyd, Spectrum Health, Strong Beginnings

Sara Marie Moylan, Shefit

Stacy Stout, City of Grand Rapids

Amanda Williams, Williams Distributing/Kitchen & Bath

ATHENA celebration

The ATHENA Young Professional Award winner and finalists will be honored at the celebration, along with 2016 ATHENA Award recipient, Shelly Irwin, and the ATHENA Award finalists.

Additionally, five ATHENA Scholarships will be awarded to women over 30 who are pursuing higher education degrees.

The cost for the event is $60 for chamber members and $75 for non-members. 

The cost for a table is $800 for members and $950 for non-members. 

People can register for the event online or by calling (616) 771-0303.

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