Chamber announces recipients of ATHENA and Epic awards

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — Tara Mugford Wilson, president at Power Engineering Corporation, was announced Tuesday as the recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Award.

The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce will present the ATHENA Award, sponsored by Riggs Asset Management, to Mugford Wilson, on Tuesday, June 11, at the Wyoming Seminary Kirby Center for the Creative Arts in Kingston.

Also to be honored at the event will be the honorees for the 2019 EPIC Awards — Extraordinary People Inspiring Community — presented by Wells Fargo.

According to a news release from the Chamber, Mugford Wilson is a committed leader in the community. She is currently co-chair of the United Way Campaign, as well as a member of the Board of Directors.

She has served as a past and current Chair of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Development Corporation Board, she is a member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry/Growth Partnership Board, Appleseed Foundation, Geisinger Wilkes-Barre Advisory Board, Circle 200, Luzerne Foundation, The Institute for Economic Development and Public Policy, and she is a past member of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre board, Diocese of Scranton Catholic Social Services Board and American Cancer Society of NEPA.

• The Innovator the Year Award, sponsored by Penn State Wilkes-Barre, will be presented to Dr. Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman, the Regional Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Geisinger Northeast and the Program Director of Geisinger Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program.

Because of Dr. Vijayaraman’s commitment, vision and leadership, Geisinger Wyoming Valley has become a destination for heart rhythm care, and Geisinger’s Cardiac Electrophysiology program has emerged as a true leader in its field, earning national and international recognition for quality and innovation along the way.

• The Volunteer of Year Award will be presented to Cathy Fields McHugh, Vice-President of Fields Enterprise, Inc. Cathy is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre and serves on multiple committees for Dress for Success as a Board Member, Jewish Community Center, King’s College, Luzerne/Lackawanna County Medical Society, Maternal Family and Health Services, North Branch Land Trust, Northeast Sight Services, Osterhout Library, Rich Soil/Carrie Flower, and Wyoming Seminary.

• The President’s Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Patrick Leahy, President of Wilkes University, to recognize his long-standing impact on the local community.

The Chamber will also present four Community Celebration Awards, sponsored by Geisinger, to the City of Wilkes-Barre, for their 250th year and to The Luzerne Foundation, North Branch Land Trust, and The Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Wilkes University — all celebrating their 25th anniversaries.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the event will feature a closing cocktail reception after the awards in the lobby of the Wyoming Seminary Kirby Center for the Creative Arts, featuring Chamber member food vendors, wine, and beer.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at or by calling 570-823-2101.

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By Bill O’Boyle

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Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.