By Jason Levan, Indiana Gazette
The Leader’s Circle Awards Event is moving this year from spring to September.
Organizers Camille Morris-Sherry and Annie Rizzo said the date has been set for Sept. 20 at the Indiana Country Club.
The Leader’s Circle program honors recipients of the ATHENA Award and the Male and Female Civic Leader Awards. The committee searches for Indiana County’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders who are making an impact in their community and are progressing in their professional careers and organizations.
And, new this year will be ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, awarded to a young woman who is an emerging leader in the community. While the ATHENA Award is often bestowed on a woman who has become somewhat of a mentor, Morris-Sherry said the new award is for women who have recently begun their careers.
The committee will be looking for emerging leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, and who contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
While the awards event is several months away, nominations will be accepted soon, with judging taking place over the summer. Profiles of each finalist will be published in a special section of The Indiana Gazette prior to the event.
In an effort to streamline the nomination process, the multi-page nomination form will be replaced this year with a single page, Morris-Sherry said. Forms are expected to be available in about a month, Rizzo said, and the cost will be $50 as in years past.
Morris-Sherry, of First Commonwealth Bank, and Rizzo, who works at the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce, said they are seeking volunteers to fill out a number of committees: nominations, sponsorship, programming, registration and judging.
Stepping up to take over leadership of the program, the women said they are open to new ideas.
For more information, or to obtain a nomination form, contact Morris-Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org or Annie Rizzo at (724) 465-2511.
After months of planning, rounding up nominations and putting together all the pieces of the puzzle, the event is finally here.
Tomorrow at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, we will be hosting our annual dinner and ceremony to celebrate the 2016 finalists for the ATHENA and Female and Male Civic Leader Awards.
For those of you who have yet to purchase your ticket, it's not too late. While table reservations are no longer available, last minute ticket sales are still being accepted.
We hope you are able to make it to join us in supporting our dynamic nominees, and if you are, here is what to expect:
The Village People
As the annual Leader's Circle dinner creeps closer, we just want to take a moment to provide some updates as well as provide a reminder why we do this each year.
Last week, we scheduled some radio interviews for the finalists, and as we continue to schedule in interviews, we could be prouder of the work the yearly nominees do for the community.
Thank you for taking the time to nominate those outstanding individuals for the 2016 ATHENA and Male/Female Civic Awards! We had a great flow of suggestions, and we are excited for the dinner in April.
As a reminder, all nominations will need to be kept private until the Leader's Circle committee announces the list of finalists in early 2016.
Opportunities to support the event are available for businesses, which you can learn more about here.
Be sure to continue to follow us online here for updates or via our Facebook page. Feel free to share pictures, videos and the like from your favorite moments at last year's event or from your own volunteer opportunities throughout the 2015. We would love to see them!
Now, who plans to attend the Leader's Circle Awards Dinner in the spring? You can let us know you're coming by RSVP'ing at the bottom of the page here!
Thank you, again, and we look forward to staying in touch.
As we continue to plan and accept nominations for the 2016 ATHENA and Male/Female Civic Awards, we are reminded of the 2015 finalists, some of whom are even serving on the planning committee now, and their interviews with the radio station.
We wanted to share that footage with you all this week and hope you will consider nominating someone (or accepting a nomination!) this year.