As Disney stories of new an old danced across the wall, The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce helped tell the story of a hard-working and groundbreaking Bedford County woman and presented her with the Athena Award at its annual dinner and awards celebration on Thursday.

“This year’s Athena honoree is a champion of her industry ... not only here in Bedford County, but throughout the state, the nation ... and even around the globe. What she does is considered hard enough work for men ... but it is a labor of love for our Athena, part of a small percentage of women leaders in her field,” said Kellie Goodman Shaffer, president and CEO of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, when announcing the recipient.

Contact Erica Burkholder at eburkholder@bedfordgazette.com; 814-623-1151, ext. 105.

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