Saturday, May 4, 2013

Girl Scouts of Greater New York City 100 Anniversary Gala - April 30, 2013

The Girls Scouts of Greater New York City (GSGNY) held their 100th Anniversary Gala at the Waldorf Astoria this past Tuesday - April 30, 2013.  Founded in 1912, down in Savannah, Georgia by Juliette Low, the Girl Scouts first troop gathered in New York City the following year in 1913.  The Girl Scouts empower young women with character, confidence and leadership skills through community service activities and learning practical skills ranging from sewing to first aid. 

To prepare girls for the challenges of the 21st century, the GSGNY experience also include Career Explorations, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), and Environmental programs.

The centennial gala started off with a cocktail reception where guests had the opportunity to mingle and speak with Girl Scout members of greater New York City.  Actress and philanthropist Kelly Rutherford hosted the dinner event, which included videos vignettes of NYC Girl Scouts cleaning parks and visiting the headquarters of Trish McEvoy for careers exploration.  Auctions were also held to raise funding for programs in the upcoming year. 

Honorees this year included Emmy award winning kitchen & home expert Sandra Lee, make-up expert Trish McEvoy, Wells Fargo banker Michelle Y. Lee, and Renee Haugerud founder of the commodities investment firm Galtere Ltd.  The gala event raised $855,000 for the 26,658 Girl Scout members in New York City.

President Emeritae of the Girl Scouts Mary Phipps with Girl Scout troop members of Greater New York City

Girl Scout members hailing from Bayside and Flushing, Queens New York.  Their most recent project including running a book drive for the local children's hospital.  In 2012, Girl Scout members in NYC collectively performed over 63,165 hours of community service.
Girl Scout members from Brooklyn, New York.  They had the opportunity to camp the outdoors through the Girl Scouts Camp Kaufmann in upstate New York.


NYC Girl Scouts gave out these badges to guests of the Gala in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of GSGNY!

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