The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a new event for women Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6-9 p.m. at the Gathering Place. This event is called EmpowHer and will include a full meal, raffle items, vendors to visit, a speaker and the awarding of the inaugural 2019 Woman of the Year.

Jessica Pape, executive director of the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “This is an event that was suggested to me by a group of women a few years ago and we were just waiting for the right time to bring people together and start something new.

“We know we have a lot of great things that happen in our community because of the amazing people, so having a chance to showcase that as well as come together as a community is something we are looking forward to.”

The speaker for the evening is the motivational and humorous Gerarda Lahey-Keppler, who will kick off this event with laughs and empowerment. The meal will be catered by J&D Mart, and local vendors will fill the room giving shopping opportunities on-site.

At this time, nominations for Woman of the Year are also open and will remain open until all the nomination spots are filled. The Manchester Area Woman of the Year should possess qualities that have helped improve the quality of life for the residents and communities of the Manchester Area. She should show passion and dedication and put her time, energy and skills to use in community enrichment, growth and care. She should be selfless in her actions through business development, community leadership, personal inspiration or volunteerism.

Those interested in nominating a deserving woman can do so at Only digital nominations will be accepted.

Tickets for this event are $20 and will go on sale Sept. 1 at the Chamber office.