20 under 40 awards to be presented Sept. 30

From a news release:

More than 100 eligible candidates for the

20 Under 40

Leadership Recognition Program will be recognized on Wednesday, September 30 at a reception and program beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the lobby of Fifth Third Center at One SeaGate. During the 7 p.m. program, 20 individuals will be announced as this year's

20 Under 40

award recipients.

The event is open to the public at $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. For questions or reservations, call 419-247-1733 or go to www.20under40toledo.com.

An independent panel of judges selected the 20 candidates for recognition. The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community. It is intended that the program will further motivate young leaders in our area.

"There are no losers in this group. By virtue of nomination, these individuals are being recognized for their abilities and achievements," said Dave Kuhl from Eastman and Smith, a long time sponsor of the event.

Over the last 13 years, 260 young community leaders have been recognized through the 20 Under 40 program. At the conclusion of the 2009 event, there will be 280 award recipients.

This year's sponsors include Toledo Edison, Eastman and Smith, Fifth Third Bank and Plante & Moran. The media partner is The Toledo Business Journal; media support is provided by WTOL, Toledo's News Leader. Leadership Toledo was added this year as the community partner. The Toledo Symphony and the Toledo Museum of Art are Cultural Arts Sponsors.

Chrys Peterson will serve as master of ceremonies at the recognition/awards event for the fourteenth consecutive year.

Editors' note: This year's candidates come from the greater Toledo area, including Whitehouse, Bowling Green, Perrysburg, Sylvania, Maumee, Archbold, Oak Harbor, Findlay, Holland, Oregon, Montpelier, Defiance, Genoa, Northwood and other Northwest Ohio communities.