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Local area leaders, businesses, and young professionals came together on September 20 to celebrate 22 years of ATHENA in Palm Beach County and to honor three exceptional recipients with the 2013 ATHENA award. This year’s recipients are Sandra Gove Chamblee, a retired health care advocate in the Individual category; Jupiter Medical Center in the Business/Organization category, and Dana Brookes, Florida State University, in the Young Professional Leadership category.


"The ATHENA Awards recognize the truly inspiring women who make a difference in our community, excel in their professions and make the time to mentor others.  I loved listening to their personal stories, and have great admiration for what they have accomplished and what they’ve done to bring others along in their wake,” said Harvey Oyer, Chairman, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.  “The recipients have shown outstanding leadership and are true role models for this community.  The Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches is honored to recognize these leaders with the ATHENA Award.” 


The ATHENA Awards, presented by Wells Fargo, honor individuals, businesses, and young professionals, who have achieved professional excellence, mentored, actively served the community, and helped women to reach their leadership potential. 2color.jpg 007.jpg


The ATHENA Individual Award, sponsored by Southern Waste Systems/Sun Recycling, was presented to Sandra Gove Chamblee. Ms. Chamblee is an advocate for the Glades, and served as Executive Director of the Glades Health Initiative, which provided HIV prevention services, for fourteen years. She helped to create the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, a safety net healthcare system that ensures residents have access to quality health care services.


The Business/Organization Award, sponsored by Squire, Sanders (US) LLP, was presented to Jupiter Medical Center, President/CEO John Couris. Jupiter Medical Center has a long- standing history of promoting and supporting the advancement of women in non-traditional roles. Many have been supported in advanced education through JMC’s tuition reimbursement program.


The Young Professional ATHENA Award, sponsored by CityPlace, was presented to Dana Brookes, Director of Development, College of Motion Picture Arts. Ms. Brookes devotes her time to help improve the health of young girls through exercise by being a cheerleading coach at the YMCA and being a running buddy for Girls of the Run in Palm Beach County. She helped charter two chapters of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and offers career and professional advice to recent graduates.


The ATHENA Awards are hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and sponsored by Wells Fargo, SWS/Sun Recycling, CityPlace, Squire, Sanders (US) LLP, South Florida Fair, Southwest Airlines, The Palm Beach Post, AT&T, City of West Palm Beach and Toshiba Business Solutions of Florida. A pre-event reception was hosted by Chen Moore and Associates at the Chesterfield Hotel.   

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