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Posted on: July 21, 2021

Seventh annual Athena Award Nominations Now Open

Seventh annual Athena Award nominations now open


It is time to submit nominations for the 2021 Athena Award. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions and service toward persons with disabilities in the Athens community. The City of Athens is seeking names of community members who have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities. If you know someone, please submit a nomination for the annual Award. 


Athena Award nominees should meet any or all of the following criteria for assisting individuals with disabilities: Improves the quality of life; advocates for issues; volunteers to have a positive impact; develops new programs or services; offers exceptional customer service; and demonstrates innovation or entrepreneurship that has a positive impact. Past recipients are Dr. Larry Jageman, Michael Pletcher, Dr. Noriko Kantake, Elise Sanford, Dr. jw Smith, and Patty Mitchell.


Nominations for the Seventh Annual Athena Award will be accepted now through Wednesday, September 1, 2021. To nominate someone who deserves this honor, download the nomination form from the City of Athens website and email it to, or mail it to Athens City Hall, Attn: Mayor’s Office, 8 E. Washington Street, Athens, Ohio 45701. Hard copies of the nomination form may be obtained by calling the Mayor’s Office, 740.592.3338.


The 2021 Athena Award will be presented at a special event hosted by Mayor Steve Patterson and the Commission at Arts/West, Wednesday, November 3, from 5-6 p.m. It is the only award given by the City. The event is free and open to the public, however RSVPs to the Commission’s email address are encouraged to assist with planning. If there are COVID restrictions, they will be observed.

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