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Thank you for celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting at Dessert First! On Thursday night, you witnessed the importance of Girl Scouting in building our future leaders. As the premier leadership development organization for girls, our mission is to empower girls to use their talents to make a positive difference in our ever-changing world.

More than 500 attendees enjoyed Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts prepared by seventeen local chefs and helped us raise over $447,000 to give girls the tools to take the lead and prepare them for whatever lies ahead.

A special thank you to all our event sponsors and patrons, especially to Emerson, our Presenting Sponsor, and to Jim and Cathy Berges for matching, dollar-for-dollar, all gifts made at the event.

If you missed a chance to make a donation, or wish to donate again, please follow the link below. Every gift makes a difference in helping today's girls build courage, confidence and character, and make the world a better place.

Legacy Builders

This year at Dessert First we will add a new honor, a Community Legacy Builder, to recognize an outstanding collaborative partner. Community Legacy Builders will join our esteemed list of Individual and Corporate Legacy Builders recognized for their long-standing service and support.

  • 2018 Corporate Legacy Builder: Centene Charitable Foundation
  • 2018 Individual Legacy Builder: Berges Family Foundation
  • 2018 Community Legacy Builder: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Past Legacy Builders
Ameren Missouri Mary Ann Altergott
Commerce Bank Marilyn Fox
Crawford Taylor Foundation Laurna C. Godwin
Emerson Carolyn Losos
Express Scripts Elsie St. Cyr
Monsanto Maurita Stueck
Scholarship Awards

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

Past Scholarship Recipients:
  • Brianna Dale, St. Dominic High School 2018 Recipient
  • Sarah Eisenman, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, 2018 Recipient
  • Sarah Ayers, Parkway West High School; 2017 Recipient
  • Carolyn Beard, Clayton High School; 2012 Recipient
  • Amanda Blythe, Ft. Zumwalt West High School; 2015 Recipient
  • Julia Brose, Eureka High School; 2013 Recipient
  • Jamielee Buenemann, Washington High School; 2015 Recipient
  • Myra Dotzel, Parkway Central High School; 2016 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
  • Allison Licavoli, Marquette High School; 2017 Recipient
  • Natalie Ried, Lindbergh High School; 2014 Recipient
  • Jessica Thoelke, Ladue Horton Watkins High School; 2016 Recipient 

Awardees are selected through an application and essay process. All girls working towards earning their Gold Award are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Scholarship. Applications are due Monday, October 9, 2017.

Corporate Sponsorships

Dessert First corporate sponsors invest in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri to develop strong, well-equipped, and service-minded leaders for tomorrow’s workforce.

Girl Scouts develops a pipeline of future leaders in your organization. Girl Scouting works, and your investment in girls will impact the future leadership of your organization, of Missouri, of the United States and of the world.

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

2018 Chefs and Restaurants
23 City Blocks Catering Executive Chef Nick Miller
The Chase Park Plaza Executive Pastry Chef Joshua House
Cielo at Four Seasons Hotel St Louis Pastry Chef De Partie McKenna Schuetz
Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery Chef Tamara Keefe
EdgeWild Executive Chef Aaron Baggett
Edibles & Essentials Pastry Chef Jessica Osborne
Element Restaurant and Lounge Pastry Chef Tyler Davis
Kakao Chocolate Confectioner Kyndal Kolb
Kaldi's Coffee Culinary Project Leader April Mathews
L'Ecole Culinaire STL Director of Education Nicole Shuman
Mango Peruvian Cuisine Executive Chef Sergio Nakayosyi
Piccione Pastry Pastry Chef Colleen McBryan
Ruth's Chris Steak House Executive Chef Colin Shive
St. Louis Kolache Chef Russell Clark
Strange Donuts Owner and Chef Jason Bockman
The Tipsy Goat Owner Mallory Newbern
Winslow's Home Bakery Manager Anna Long