The Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and Tangi Lifestyles Magazine are honoring six women for volunteerism, leadership and overall community involvement, a news release said.
The recipients of the 2015 Annie Awards are Chris Bentley, Terri Chaucer, Judy Couvillion, Lila Tritico Hogan, Cindy Shelton and Katie Wainwright.
“This year’s recipients are amazing women who give selflessly and serve as wonderful role models for not only women, but our entire community,” Annie Awards Co-Chairwoman Alexis Ducorbier said.
The recipients will be honored at a luncheon Sept. 25 in the Grand Ballroom of the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Union. The chamber also will present Founder’s Awards to Patsy Causey, Jamene Dahmer and Patti Giannoble for their roles in developing the Annie Awards.
The Annie Awards were established in 1998 in honor of the late Anne Ferguson, a Southeastern Louisiana University administrator.
Bentley is an associate professor in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she is the academics/athletics liaison, general studies academic adviser for student-athletes and Phi Mu Sorority adviser. She has been involved with the Columbia Theatre, Girl Scouts, Hammond Regional Arts Center, Hammond Cultural Foundation, Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation and Fanfare.
Chaucer served in the Tangipahoa Parish school system as a teacher for 15 years before becoming the owner of Don Chaucer’s Pharmacy. She has been involved with the Greater Hammond Chamber Board, Holy Ghost Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas parents’ organizations, Southeastern Alumni Association and the American Cancer Society.
Couvillion works with many community organizations including the Kiwanis Club at the local and international levels, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa, the Council on Aging and Holy Ghost Catholic Church. She chairs the Kiwanis Happy Pack program and Kiwanis Tour de Tangipahoa.
Hogan has practiced law in the Hammond community for 40 years and has been involved with Tangipahoa Professional Women’s Organization, PRIDE, Relay for Life, the Southeast Spouse Abuse Program and the Mayor’s Commission on the Needs of Women.
Shelton, a banker for over 40 years, has been active with the Ponchatoula Sunrise Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, Restoration Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation. She serves with the Hammond Downtown Development District, Southeastern Development Foundation and the Southeastern Alumni Association.
Wainwright has written “Travelin” articles from her own and others’ travels around the world for the Hammond Daily Star for five years. She also wrote “A Date With Kate” for the Hammond Sun for nearly 15 years and has been published in Solar Today, Inside Northside, Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune. Her works include “Cuba on My Mind,” “Secuestro,” “The Azaleas” and her latest novel, “Pohainake Parish.”
For more information, call the Greater Hammond Chamber office at (985) 345-4457 or visit www.hammondchamber.org/annieawards.