Mayor Steve Pougnet, the City of Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Committee, are honoring Mariah Hanson for her tremendous contributions to the Palm Springs community by awarding her the prestigious 2013 ATHENA leadership Award.
“I’m humbled to have been considered for this award and especially to be in such stellar company of women. I could not be more honored, says Hanson. “Palm Springs has been home to the Original Dinah Shore Weekend for the past 24 years and I couldn’t have chosen a better host city to produce the largest lesbian event in the world.”
The 27th Annual Athena Award presented by the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Mayor Pougnet and CBS Local 2’s Brooke Beare, is one of the most prestigious events of the Coachella Valley season and will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Renaissance Palm Springs.
Hanson’s visionary leadership as the founder of one of the city’s largest tourism boosters, the world famous and hugely successful Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend – also known as “The Dinah,” makes her a great choice to receive this award.
Hanson’s incredible accomplishment with The Dinah has for the past 24 years not only continuously been promoting the Palm Springs destination but has also created a viable platform for the advancement of the LGBT community. As the largest and biggest lesbian event in the world, the Dinah offers a life-changing experience for myriads of women who come from all over the world to enjoy the freedom to be who they truly are without fearing the judgment, discrimination and prejudice of others. With The Dinah, Hanson provides a haven where acceptance and tolerance – in its deepest values – rule.
Inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment, the Athena Leadership Award is presented to exemplary community leaders who are honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
Presented annually by chamber of commerce’s around the nation, the ATHENA award is a distinguished honor, which pays tribute to women who demonstrate excellence and creativity in their business or in the community at large. In addition, they actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential, according to Palm Springs Chamber CEO Nona Watson, who notes that this year’s group of honorees is “truly spectacular women leaders making a difference in the Coachella Valley.”
Other 2013 honorees joining Mariah Hanson are Helene Galen who will be awarded the “Community Icon” Award, and Carol Channing recipient of the “Jackie Lee Houston Angel Award”.
“Helene Galen, Carol Channing and Mariah Hanson truly exemplify the highest level of achievement when it comes to excellence in community leadership and all three of these amazing ladies serve as tremendous role models for future generations of women leaders,” says Mayor Pougnet.