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For Immediate Release
Monday, August 15, 2016

The Women’s Giving Circle of Marinette & Menominee counties is seeking nominations for its third annual Queen Marinette Award.

The award was created in 2014 to recognize and honor an inspirational woman who is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community. Past recipients include Sarah Hanson of the Healthy Youth Coalition and Michell Hampton of the Greater Marinette Menominee YMCA.

The award is named for the woman known as Queen Marinette, reportedly born Marie Antoinette Chevalier in Langlade County in 1784. The granddaughter of a Menominee Chief and a Canadian trader, Marie Antoinette started a trading post near the mouth of the Menominee River. It flourished, and her home became a social center for the area. Marinette gained a reputation for her generous and charitable nature and is credited with helping the area prosper from a small fur trading settlement to the booming twin city area of Marinette and Menominee.

She was held in such high esteem that members of the community came to call her “Queen Marinette”. Given that women rarely occupied positions of prominence in the commercial world of the nineteenth century, Marinette was one of the most remarkable figures in the early history of the Great Lakes region.

"The award will be given to a woman who reflects the spirit of Queen Marinette: generous with her time, community minded, and respected by peers," said Pam Losinski, who chairs the WGC Events Committee.

The community is invited to submit nominations online or via the mail. Nomination submissions should state how the nominee helps women and girls achieve their goals, how she serves as a role model and gives time, talent or resources to better the community. Nominees must live, work, or volunteer in Marinette or Menominee counties. Members of the Women’s Giving Circle Steering Committee and/or the grant committee are not eligible for this award.

The deadline for nominations is September 9, 2016. Nominations may be submitted online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5TV5R75. Alternately, a letter may be mailed to the M&M Area Community Foundation, 1110 10th Avenue, Suite L-1, Menominee, MI 49858.

The Queen Marinette Award will be presented at the Women’s Giving Circle Annual Meeting and Grant Ceremony on September 29th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Hall, Marinette.

The Women’s Giving Circle is an endowed fund with the M&M Area Community Foundation. Its mission is to support organizations that address issues of interest to women and girls, and to build a community of women to support and promote philanthropy in the Marinette-Menominee area.