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Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri celebrates 100th anniversary at annual fundraiser


St. Louis, MO – March 5, 2018 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary with crème puffs, meringue, tiramisu and chocolate glaze cheesecake. These were just a few of the desserts featured at Dessert First, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s signature event. The organization raised more than $447,000—thanks to the generous support of sponsors, including presenting sponsor Emerson, and the community-at-large.

In keeping with the “100” theme, Bonnie Barczykowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, announced the launch of the organization’s 100th Anniversary Diamond Partner in Leadership giving level. The founding partners of this giving society, including Cynthia Heath, Mary Ann Altergott and Jim Beirne, and Neal Spencer have each pledged transformational gifts of $100,000.

“Reaching this momentous anniversary has only been achieved because of the overwhelming support from our Girl Scouts, families, volunteers, and community,” Barczykowski said. “We are so grateful to the partners in this new giving level, our corporate supporters and to everyone who attended the event. Their generosity will help us secure a second century of Girl Scouting in Eastern Missouri.”

Over 500 guests attended Dessert First, held at The Chase Park Plaza and sampled Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts created by 17 local chefs, listed below. Chef Colin Shive from Ruth’s Chris Steak House won the People’s Choice award with a peanut butter pie with mousse and a Tagalong® crust. Chef Sergio Nakayoshi from Mango Peruvian Cuisine won the Judges’ Choice award with a coffee, banana mousse, crunchy quinoa, chocolate-covered husk berries and Samoas®. Nancy Stiles of FEAST Magazine and Elizabeth Mannen, Managing Director of Investments from Wells Fargo presented the chef awards. The event was emceed by KMOX radio personality, Mark Reardon.

After guests enjoyed a seated dinner, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri honored three Legacy Builders, chosen because of their enormous support and commitment to advancing the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The Berges Family Foundation received the 2018 Individual Legacy Builder Award; Centene Charitable Foundation received the 2018 Corporate Legacy Builder Award; and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center received the 2018 Community Legacy Builder Award. All three Legacy Builder Awardees have dedicated resources, time and talent to lifting up tomorrow’s leaders: today’s Girl Scouts. Girl Scout Gold Awardees Brianna Dale and Sarah Eisenman were recognized for their leadership and service with $5,000 higher education scholarships.

Emerson was the evening’s Presenting Sponsor and Edward Jones was the Legacy Sponsor. Centene Charitable Foundation was the event’s Scholarship Sponsor and Wells Fargo was the Dessert Sponsor. Ameren Missouri was the Gold Sponsor, and BKD, Daugherty Business Solutions, Express Scripts, and Macy’s were Silver Sponsors. Gamlin Restaurant Group generously provided champagne for a toast celebrating a century of Girl Scouting and Stone Hill Winery donated the wine enjoyed at the event.

Celebrity Judges:

  • Cindy Collins, 103.3 KLOU
  • Laurie Beakley, 92.3 WIL
  • Kate Gillam, @kateheartscake
  • Angela Hutti, Fox 2
  • Taylor J., z107.7
  • Mark Reardon, KMOX
  • Nancy Stiles, FEAST Magazine

Participating chefs:

  • 23 City Blocks Catering, Chef Nick Miller
  • The Chase Park Plaza, Chef Joshua House
  • Cielo at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, Chef McKenna Schuetz
  • Clementine’s Creamery, Chef Stephanie Boyd
  • EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery, Chef Aaron Baggett
  • Edibles and Essentials, Chef Jessica Osborne
  • Element Restaurant and Lounge, Chef Tyler Davis
  • Kakao Chocolate, Chef Kyndal Kolb
  • Kaldi’s Coffee, Chef April Mathews
  • L’École Culinaire, Chef Nicole Shuman
  • Mango Peruvian Cuisine, Sergio Nakayosyi
  • Piccione Pastry, Chef Colleen McBryan
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Chef Colin Shive
  • St. Louis Kolache, Chef Russell Clark
  • Strange Donuts, Chef Andrea Hawn
  • The Tipsy Goat, Chef Mallory Newbern
  • Winslow’s Home, Chef Anna Long