Dessert First

Date Time Location
Thursday, February 26, 2015 6-9 pm Chase Park Plaza

Khorassan Ballroom 
St. Louis, MO

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 over 500 guests will gather to celebrate Girl Scouting at Dessert First, a fundraising event which helps to raise critical funds necessary to support the mission of Girl Scouts. Now in its fourth year, this event has quickly become the most popular in recent Girl Scout history.

Dessert First

Its format is unique: during cocktail hour guests taste original desserts inspired by Girl Scout Cookies made by St. Louis chefs. Each year, local chefs take our famous Girl Scout Cookies and transform them into mouth-watering desserts. Then, with the help of special guest judges, all guests vote for their favorite dessert.

Education Scholarship Awards

Additionally, at this special event Girl Scouts celebrates the leadership and service of two outstanding Girl Scouts and awards two scholarships of $5,000 to be used for higher education.  Scholarship recipients must be working on, or have completed, their Gold Award, the highest recognition available to Girl Scouts.

This year we are thrilled to honor Amanda Blythe of Ft. Zumwalt West High and Jamielee Buenemann of Washington High School.

Past scholarship recipients include:

  • Carolyn “Carly” Beard, Clayton High School; 2012 Recipient
  • Julia Brose, Eureka High School; 2013 Recipient
  • Jazmyn Ferguson, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School; 2012 Recipient
  • Lauren Gieseking, Parkway West High School; 2014 Recipient
  • Melissa LaChance, Central R-3 High School; 2013 Recipient
  • Natalie Ried, Lindbergh High School; 2014 Recipient

Legacy Builders

Finally, the event also honors one Individual Legacy Builder and one Corporate Legacy Builder. Both honorees are chosen because of the enormous support and service they have provided to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Legacy Builders include:

  • 2015 Corporate Legacy Builder: Crawford Taylor Foundation
  • 2014 Corporate Legacy Builder: Ameren Missouri
  • 2013 Corporate Legacy Builder: Monsanto
  • 2012 Corporate Legacy Builder: Emerson
  • 2015 Individual Legacy Builder: Laurna C. Godwin
  • 2014 Individual Legacy Builder: Elsie St. Cyr
  • 2013 Individual Legacy Builder: Marilyn Fox
  • 2012 Individual Legacy Builder: Carolyn Losos

Corporate Sponsorships

Interested in a corporate sponsorship? Contact Grants & Sponsorships Manager Ashlie Zimmerman at 314.592.2367 or

More Information

To learn more about Dessert First, or to join our event committee, contact Events & Stewardship Manager Emily Carroll at 314.592.2373 or

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Crawford Taylor Foundation
Edward Jones

Ernst & Young
St. Lukes

Ashdon Farms
Commerce Bank
Express Scripts
Fleishman Hillard
Little Brownie Baker
Northern Trust
Northern Trust
Towers Watson
Webster University


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