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Julie Stokes, Annie Award guest speaker

HAMMOND — The Greater Hammond Chamber selected five women for recognition at the June 8 Annie Awards Luncheon to be held in the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Union Grand Ballroom.

"Each of these individuals works tirelessly and gives selflessly to the improvement of the greater Hammond community and Tangipahoa Parish," said Chairman Elsbet Smith Hollywood. "They are a credit to the legacy of beloved Southeastern professor, Dr. Anne M. Ferguson."

Honorees include:

Mari Ann Callais: Serving as the senior director of Strategic Initiatives for Delta Delta Delta Fraternity and a member of The Catalyst Agency Speakers Team, Callais gives motivational messages all over the world.

Erin Cowser: As executive director of public and governmental affairs for Southeastern Louisiana University, Cowser represents the third-largest Louisiana university in both legislative and public arenas.

Lacy Landrum: City of Hammond director of administration Landrum said she enjoys pursuing success with both city workers and the community.

Stacey Neal: From Tangipahoa Parish to the state level, Louisiana Economic Development's director of community competitiveness has been an integral part of Tangipahoa's growth.

Susan Spring: Since 1998, Spring has served the Regina Coeli Child Development Center as the director and then executive director, where she is responsible for managing 18 Head Start and Early Head Start centers in five parishes on the Northshore.

State Rep. Julie Stokes, a Certified Public Account and small business owner from Jefferson Parish, will serve as the guest speaker for the event. She chairs the Legislative Audit Advisory Council and has worked to repair the state's fractured sales tax system, earning national recognition for her efforts. A breast cancer survivor, Stokes resides in Kenner with her husband Larry and their two children, Brandon and Taylor.

New to this year's event is the “After Annies” gathering at Jacmel Inn immediately following the award luncheon. A ticket to the Annies allows entrance into this private event. Attendees are responsible for their own adult beverages.

Tickets are $30 and reserved tables of eight are available for $390. Visit hammondchamber.org register.