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We are so very excited and proud of our program director, Rev. Margaret Ann Jessup for her recognition this past week as the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient by Illinois Women In Leadership. She was selected for the work that she has done to help single mothers in need, and her commitment to the neighbors and congregation of Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church. It was such an inspiring evening, and we enjoyed the opportunity to come together to celebrate the accomplishments of 10 incredible ladies.

Before dinner began, everyone had a chance to socialize and meet with the nominees. A delicious meal and presentation followed. The video that was shown featured an interview with each ATHENA candidate and the individual that nominated her. It gave us a peek into what the women have done to make a difference, and what they're passionate about. It was nice to be able to see the efforts and accomplishments they have made to positively impact in the lives of others. A HUGE congratulations goes out to each one of these awesome women.

Thank you to Illinois Women In Leadership, ATHENA International and all of the sponsors, family members and friends who supported and attended the event. We are honored to have been a part of this night. 

* Photos courtesy of Gemma and Chris Long of Gem PR & Media, the official media and photographer for the ATHENA Awards