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.