Friday, May 17, 2013

And the 2013 Athena Award goes to...

Hello again everyone!

Cathie Martin = the best woman ever.

 Cathy was recently honored as the 2013 Athena Award recipient at a banquet at the Hagerty Conference Center of Northerwest Michigan College.

In case you don't know what the Athena Award is, each year the Athena organization selects, based on nominations, one community leader based on the following criteria. Success in personal and professional activities, community activities, volunteerism, supporting other women and mentoring.

“The Athena model is authentic self, celebration and joy, collaboration, advocacy, giving back, learning and relationships,” said Athena Award co-chair Jan Bassett.

Martin has donated tens of thousands of volunteer hours (INSANE) to a variety of organizations and charities, serving at the local, state, national and international levels. She is also member and past chair of the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation board, as well as a longtime Zonta member.

In order to get Cathie to come to the awards ceremony, it took a little tomfoolery as she was planning to go to her granddaughters school concert. She only agreed to attend the 19th Annual Athena Awards banquet as she thought someone else was being selected for the award. Gotcha :)

After a very impressive and tear-jerking introduction by the 2012 Athena Award recipient  Ranae McCauley, Martin took the stage to a standing ovations of 150+ attendees, family & friends.

For the first time in the history of Athena, the organization also awarded two scholarships for the Traverse City Chamber's Mini-MBA program, in collaboration with Ferris State University. John Stocki (ME!) and Courtney Sorrell were the lucky recipients of the scholarships. We will start the 9-month program in September.

All photos were provided courtesy of Karen Youker Photography. Visit!

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