The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce the nominees for Manchester Area Woman of the Year. This award will be given out at the EmpowHER Women’s Night event Wednesday, Oct. 2.

The five nominees for the 2019 Manchester Area Woman of the year are Katie Edgington, Marian Gassman, Shirley Helmrichs, Dianne Larsen and Kathy Wilgenbush.

Community members were invited to submit nominations for who they felt deserved the title of Woman of the Year. The characteristics include: The Manchester Area Woman of the Year possesses qualities that have helped improve the quality of life for the residents and communities of the Manchester Area. She has shown passion and dedication and has put her time, energy and skills to use in community enrichment, growth, and care and has been selfless in her actions through business development, community leadership, personal inspiration or volunteerism among other roles.

Tickets are currently on sale for $20 at the Chamber Office for EmpowHER which will be from 6-9 p.m. at the Gathering Place. The speaker for the evening is the motivational and humorous Gerarda Lahey-Keppler, who will kick off the inaugural event. The meal will be catered by J&D Mart, and local vendors will fill the room giving shopping opportunities on-site. There are items that will be raffled off as well.