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Girl Scout Cookies inspire local chefs to create delectable desserts

St. Louis, MO – February 24, 2017 – Milk and cookies, Girl Scout Cookie ice cream sandwiches and chocolate galore. Doughnuts, bananas foster and tiramisu. These are just a few of the desserts featured last night at Dessert First, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s signature event, which raised a record $380,000 in support of their mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Over 500 guests attended Dessert First, held at The Chase Park Plaza Khorassan Ballroom, which was emceed by KMOX radio personality Mark Reardon. Guests sampled Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts during the evening’s reception. The delicious, unique desserts were created by 16 local chefs, listed below. Chef Tyler Davis from Element Restaurant and Lounge won the People’s Choice award. Chef Eric Phillips from Chase Park Plaza won the Judges’ Choice award. Liz Miller of FEAST Magazine presented the chef awards.

Judges’ Choice People’s Choice

While guests enjoyed dinner, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri honored two Legacy Builders, chosen because of their enormous support and service they have provided to the organization over time. Mary Ann Altergott received the 2017 Individual Legacy Builder Award recognizing her dedication to empowering the next generation of female leaders and for advocating on behalf of girl leadership development. Express Scripts received the 2017 Corporate Legacy Builder Award in recognition of their ongoing commitment to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri through volunteerism and charitable giving. Girl Scout Gold Awardees Sarah Ayers and Allison Licavoli were recognized for their leadership and service with each young woman being awarded a $5,000 secondary-education scholarship.

The Berges Family Foundation offered a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $100,000, in support of Girl Scouts. Guests donated $115,000, which provided $215,000 in support of girls.

“We are grateful to our community for their ongoing support which heightens the importance of building our future leaders, today’s Girl Scouts,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri CEO. “With help from individuals, volunteers and corporate sponsors, our more than 44,000 girls are gaining important life skills through hands-on experiences and activities in our focus areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), Money Management and Health.”

The evening’s Presenting Sponsor was Emerson, and Edward Jones was the Legacy Sponsor. iHeartMedia and Wells Fargo were Gold Sponsors, and Ameren Missouri, A Mrazek Moving Systems, BKD, Daugherty Business Solutions, Express Scripts, Macy’s, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Novus were Silver Sponsors. Stone Hill Winery generously donated the wine enjoyed at the event.

Celebrity Judges:
Mark Reardon, KMOX
Taylor J., iHeartMedia
Angela Hutti, KTVI
Liz Miller, FEAST Magazine
Chris Kerber, St. Louis Blues
George Mahe, St. Louis Magazine
Laurie Beakley, WIL

Participating chefs:
23 City Blocks Catering, Chef Nick Miller
Chase Park Plaza, Chef Eric Phillips
Cielo at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, Chef Gian Nicola Colucci
Clementine’s Creamery, Chef Tamara Keefe
Companion, Chef Cassy Vires
EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery, Chef Aaron Baggett
Edibles and Essentials, Chef Matthew Borchardt
Element Restaurant and Lounge, Chef Tyler Davis
Kakao Chocolate, Chef Monica Tirre
L’École Culinaire, Chef Nicole Shuman
Niche Food Group, Chef Mathew Rice
Piccione Pastry, Chef Colleen McBryan
Sardella, Chef Sarah Osborn
Southern, Chef Rick Lewis
Strange Donuts, Chef Jason Bockman
Vincent Van Doughnuts, Chef Candis Stiebel

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is one of the largest and strongest Girl Scout Councils in the US, consistently ranking #1 in market share—more girls in grades K-12 choose Girl Scouts in eastern Missouri than in any other council nationwide. The eastern Missouri Council offers progressive programming in three core focus areas—STEM, Money Management and Health. It is committed to ensuring every girl has the opportunity to develop to her full potential and become a healthy and productive woman who can be a leader in her own life. Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls gain the confidence and the tools to lead.