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Blue Water Woman of the Year ceremony rescheduled

Photo courtesy of Blue Water Woman/Magazine Honorees for Blue Water Woman of the Year will be recognized, those for both 2021 and 2022, at an event in Port Huron later this year.

Ongoing pandemic postpones event again

By Barb Pert Templeton

The 10th Annual Blue Water Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony was set and scheduled for late January but once again has to be postponed due to the pandemic.

The 2021 event, which was previously canceled due to COVID-19, included three honorees and they were to join four award winners for 2022 at an upcoming ceremony at McMorran Place Theatre.

Instead, Patti Samar, editor, and publisher of Blue Water Woman magazine and host of the annual awards said she had to make a decision to postpone the 10th Annual event until later this year.

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“My friends at McMorran Place are graciously working with me to schedule another date that will hopefully come along at a time after the current surge of COVID 19 has moved along and, with it, our high number of positive cases,” Samar stated in a January 10, press release.

She said prior to making the decision, which came about due to the COVID 19 positivity rate being at more than 30 percent, she did consult with Dr. Annette Mercatante, the public health officer with the St. Clair County Health Department. As it happens, Mercatante happens to be one of the 2022 recipients of the Blue Water Woman of the Year awards.

“She advised me that there were ways that this event could move forward on January 28 “relatively” safely, but the changes that I would need to make would have diminished the event to the point where I just felt like it would not have properly honored the seven award recipients,” Samar said.

Nominations for the Blue Water Woman of the Year Awards were accepted this fall with a Nov. 19 application deadline. The award honors women from the Blue Water Area who demonstrate excellence and achievement in the following areas: volunteerism or personal achievement, mentoring other women, professional achievement, or the overall honor of being named Blue Water Woman of the Year. 

Photo courtesy of Blue Water Woman/Magazine
Patti Samar, editor, and publisher of Blue Water Woman magazine, is pleased to honor seven area women, four in 2022 and three from 2021, at an awards ceremony at McMorran Place Theatre later this year.

After completing a nomination form and being selected nominees must commit to selling at least 20 tickets to the awards ceremony and must be present to win. 

“I am so very pleased that such exceptionally accomplished and talented women have been selected for recognition,” Samar said. 

The 2021 recipients are:

  • Blue Water Woman of the Year Denise Brooks of Port Huron: In 2021, Brooks retired after serving many years as executive director of the YMCA of the Blue Water Area. Throughout her career she led other local nonprofits as well.
  • Blue Water Civic Leader of the Year Anita Ashford of Port Huron: Ashford, currently a Port Huron City Council member and has been involved in numerous activities throughout her life. 
  • Blue Water Woman Volunteer of the Year: Carolyn Crowe of Port Huron. Crowe has trained more than 30 dogs for Leader Dogs for the Blind over the last 30 years. 

The 2022 recipients are: 

  • Blue Water Woman of the Decade Annette Mercatante of Wales Township. Mercatante is the public health officer and medical director for the St. Clair County Health Department.
  • Blue Water Historian of the Year recognizes two women, Marguerite Stanley and Haran Stanley. In 1977, Marguerite authored the book “From Whence We Came” a history of the Black population in Port Huron. In 2020 her granddaughter, Haran Stanley, worked tirelessly with the Port Huron Museum to establish a permanent Black History Exhibit, which opened in February 2021. 
  • Blue Water Coach of the Year, Melinda Scheible of Port Huron. Scheible is the owner and primary coach at All American Flames Gymnastix of Port Huron. Many of her students have gone on to receive Division I gymnastics scholarships after years of training at her gym. 

In a press release, Samar said the purpose of presenting an awards program for area women is to honor those who are selected for recognition, as well as to encourage and inspire other women in the community.

“This community is full of incredible women,” Samar said. “I am inspired by so many of them each and every day. I am always so honored when they allow me to share their stories with others in the pages of the magazine.”

All seven recipients will be featured in the Spring 2022 issue of Blue Water Woman Magazine.

For more information about the event contact Samar vie email at pjsamar@aol.com.

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