The Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce presented the William “Billy” Appelrouth Award and the Athena Award at the inaugural “Roaring 22s” Installation & Awards Dinner on February 25, 2022.
The William “Billy” Appelrouth Award is given to an individual who has provided extraordinary service to the Key West Chamber of Commerce. It recognizes a pinnacle of service that goes well above and beyond traditional volunteerism. Billy Appelrouth was a Key West business owner who was dedicated to giving back to his island community.
Patricia Neyra received this honor for her service to the Board of Directors, leadership positions within the committees of the chamber, and for exceeding all expectations beyond the call of duty, no matter what task is on hand. Patty strives to honor and represent all ideals of the Chamber.
The Athena Award was founded in 1982 and is designed to recognize the achievements of outstanding business and professional women in communities across the country and around the world. By honoring exceptional leaders, the Athena Award program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives. The award sculpture depicts Athena, the dynamic goddess of Greek mythology.
The 2022 Athena Award was sponsored by Jack Niles of Niles Sales and Service and was accepted by Mona Clark. Mona is a Key West native who had a dedicated teaching career and continues to have an unwavering commitment to the children of the community through 22 years of Take Stock in Children mentorship, as well as constantly uplifts and empowers the Black community and fellow women through volunteer work and leadership roles.
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