ATHENA: Palm Desert Looking for 'A Few Good Women'

Nominations are now being accepted for the city's ATHENA awards honoring local women who have helped the Palm Desert community.

The following was submitted for publication by the city of Palm Desert:

The City of Palm Desert is proud to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 11th annual ATHENA Awards.

An awards luncheon celebrating this year’s honorees will take place on Wednesday, October 30, at Desert Willow Golf Resort, 38995 Desert Willow Drive, in Palm Desert. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14. 

ATHENA Awards in the Corporate Business and Entrepreneurial categories will be presented to two individuals who have achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and assisted women in reaching their full leadership potential. Educational scholarships sponsored by The Gas Company, Burrtec Waste & Recycling Services, and past ATHENA honorees will be awarded to local college students as part of the awards ceremony.

Sponsored locally by the City of Palm Desert and FirstBank, the ATHENA Awards began in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan, and have since spread to hundreds of cities throughout the United States and abroad. Recipients receive a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing strength, courage, and wisdom.

Past Palm Desert ATHENA Award recipients include:

  • Sonia Campbell
  • Jean Ann Hirschi
  • Betty Barker
  • Pattie Daly Caruso
  • Norine Bowen
  • Deborah McGarrey
  • Patti Gribow
  • Dr. Monica Khanna
  • Jeannette Banoczi
  • Judith Ann “Judee” Cox
  • Amy Ammons
  • Kathi Jacobs
  • DoeDee Rover
  • Kathy Strong
  • Joan Busick
  • Kajsa Thuresson-Frary
  • Susan Francis
  • Donna Jean Darby
  • Stephanie Otero
  • Doris Wilson

This year’s honorees will be invited to join the thousands of ATHENA Award recipients worldwide at the annual International ATHENA conference.

Nomination forms are available at the Palm Desert Visitor Center, 72567 Highway 111; City Hall, 73510 Fred Waring Drive; Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce, 72559 Highway 111, or online at www.cityofpalmdesert.org.

For more information, please call 760-346-0611, ext. 416.


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