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THE ATHENA AWARD
On January 24, 2004, at their Annual Awards Banquet, the Page Area
Chamber of Commerce presented the 2003 ATHENA Award to JUDY EDWARDS 
in recognition of her life-long history of professionalism in the workplace
and commitment to community service.

The ATHENA Award Program was created through the Chamber of Commerce in Lansing, Michigan in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, to bring into focus the outstanding professional and business women in the community and to encourage the opening of leadership opportunities for women with the Chamber of Commerce and the community’s workplaces.

Today, the nonprofit ATHENA Foundation administers ATHENA Programs in over 350 U.S. Cities and has recognized more than 3,000 women and men for their business accomplishments, community service, and opening doors of leadership opportunity for women. In May 1994, Moscow, Russia, became the first city outside the United States to present the ATHENA Award. Windsor, Ontario, Canada joined in 1996.

“What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” This quotation attributed to Plato underscores the ATHENA philosophy. The local ATHENA Awards recognize an individual for business or professional accomplishments, for community service, and especially for mentoring others and providing a role model to encourage women to achieve their full leadership potential. Both women and men are eligible to receive the Award.

The ATHENA Award is a bronze sculpture hand-cast by designer Linda Ackley at her foundry, Third Millennium Fine Arts, in Tampa, Florida.