With the 2012 Stars over Longview–Women Who Rise to the Occasion program approaching Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) has released its list of local ladies to be honored at the event.  LRMC Marketing Director Kim Brown explained the significance of this list.
“The day the nomination period opened in August for Longview Regional’s Stars Over Longview the nominations began flowing into my e-mail’s inbox,” she said.  “It’s amazing how many deserving women our community wishes to have recognized each year.  New people continue to be submitted.”
Along with the Women’s Advisory Council (WAC,) LRMC presents Stars Over Longview every January. The WAC is made of sixteen local businesswomen, volunteers and activists, and have the task of compiling the annual list of winners.  With so many deserving nominees this task keeps getting harder, but the panel managed to complete the list October 17.
“The Women’s Advisory Council reviews plentiful nominations for such commendable candidates,” said LRMC Chief Operating Officer Jill Berney.  “The twelve extraordinary women who were chosen to be honored all exemplify fortitude of service, dedication and devotion to improving the lives of Longview’s citizens and community as a whole.”

2012 Honorees

February Star Over Longview is Brenda Jones
March Star Over Longview is Nancy Murray
April Star Over Longview is Linda Buie
May Star Over Longview is Linda Eaves
June Star Over Longview is Barbara McClellan
July Star Over Longview is Lynette Goodson
August Star Over Longview is Amy Allen
September Star Over Longview is Dale Sage
October Star Over Longview is Glennis Woodall
November Star Over Longview is Shirley Griffin
December Star Over Longview is Donna Blalock
January 2013 Star Over Longview is Amy Brown

These Stars will be honored Tuesday, January 12, 2012 at the 12th Anniversary celebration and awards luncheon at Maude Cobb Activity Center, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  LRMC will provide valet parking, and tickets will be $25 apiece and can be bought beginning in mid-November at the LRMC at 448 East Loop 281.  Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card.  Eight-person tables can be reserved for $175, and guests will savor a plated hot lunch and dessert by Lori’s Eats and Sweets of Gilmer and by Chris Murray Confections.  For additional information on the event please call (903) 381-7239.
The keynote address will be delivered by motivational speaker Abby Rike, who spent thirteen years as a high school theater and debate teacher. She changed her life after her husband and two children were killed in a 2006 traffic accident.  In 2009 she set out to better her personal lot by participating in the NBC reality program Biggest Loser.  She followed up by appearing on the Today Show, Ellen Show and with Jay Leno.  She has shared her message of self-improvement, faith, family values and personal healing with multitudes nationwide.
Rike considers her calling a privilege as she strives to give God’s word of love and healing with so many who, like her, stand to gain so much from it.  Her rejuvenated health and personal life are a testament to the truth of her words and assertion that with God’s help there is always hope.  Her message comes through clearly and with power in her recent book Working It Out: A Journey of Love, Loss and Hope.  For more information on this remarkable woman please visit www.abbyrike.com.