The city of Athens is looking to honor those community members who have worked tirelessly on behalf of persons with disabilities. Anybody who knows a person or organization who fits that description is urged to nominate them for the fifth annual Athena Award, according to a news release.

The Athena is the only award presented by the city, and entries will be accepted up to Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

Recipients are recognized for achievement in one or more of the following in their work for people with disabilities: Improving their quality of life; advocating for issues; volunteering to have a positive impact; developing new programs or services; offering exceptional customer service; and demonstrating innovation or entrepreneurship that has a positive impact.

To nominate someone or an organization deserving of this honor, download the form from the City of Athens website and email it to Or mail to Athens City Hall, 8 E. Washington St., Athens OH 45701. For hard copies, call the Mayor’s office, 740-592-3338.

The Athena Award will be presented at a special event hosted by Mayor Steve Patterson and the Athens City Commission on Disabilities. The date, location, and event details will be announced. 

For questions, more information, or interviews, contact either co-chair Berry C. Dilley ( or Dr. Carolyn B. Lewis (, Education and Outreach Committee, Commission on Disabilities.

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