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Dessert First

Dessert First

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Chase Park Plaza
Cocktails and Tasting in the Lindell Room
Seated Dinner in the Khorassan Ballroom
St. Louis, Missouri
6-9 pm

Calling all cookies connoisseurs!

Dessert First challenges prominent St. Louis chefs to flex their baking skills and deliver one-of-a-kind Girl Scout Cookie-inspired creations. During the cocktail hour, guests are asked to vote for their favorite desserts. Late, at the formal seated diner, attendees celebrate the extraordinary achievements and contributions of three Legacy Builders and two amazing Girl Scouts!

All proceeds support our leadership development programs for girls. 

Legacy Builders

Dessert First honors one Corporate Legacy Builder, one Individual Legacy Builder and one Community Legacy Builder. The honorees are chosen because of the enormous support and service they have provided to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

2019 Legacy Builders

  • 2019 Corporate Legacy Builder: Wells Fargo
  • 2019 Individual Legacy Builder: Ann and Doug Teske
  • 2019 Community Legacy Builder: Operation Food Search

Past Legacy Builders

Scholarship Awards

On Thursday, February 21, 2019 Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will host Dessert First.  At our signature fundraising event, over 500 people join us to taste delicious Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts, to recognize our honorees and scholarship awardees, and to support our mission: building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. 

At this event, Girl Scouts celebrates the leadership and service of outstanding Girl Scouts by who are making a difference in our community and unleashing their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) tm. Recipients are selected through a multi-stage application process. Two finalists will receive a $5,000 scholarship and three semi-finalists will receive a $500 scholarship for higher education.

About the Scholarship
Scholarship Awardees are selected through an application, essay, and interview process. The selection of scholarship recipients is made by an impartial committee. The selections are final and at the discretion of the committee. 

Scholarship Applicant Eligibility
To apply for the Dessert First Education Scholarship, each applicant must:

  • Be a currently registered Girl Scout with Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri
  • Be a current high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Have had their Girl Scout Gold Award project proposal approved and be actively working towards completing their Gold Award, or have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Submit a completed application by Thursday, October 11, 2018 by midnight
  • Be interviewed and taped the first week of December 2018 for a video that will play at the Dessert First event.
  • Attend the award presentation at Dessert First on February 21, 2019.

Please click here for the fillable PDF. The application must be typed.

If you have questions please contact Mandy Ray, Chief Development Officer, at or at 314.592.2365.


Past Scholarship Recipients:

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
  • 23 City Blocks Catering
  • Cielo at Four Seasons
  • The Chase Park Plaza
  • Clementine’s Creamery
  • EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery
  • Edibles + Essentials
  • Element Restaurant and Lounge
  • Kakao Chocolate
  • Kaldi’s Coffee
  • L’Ecole Culinaire
  • Mango Peruvian Cuisine*
  • Piccione Pastry
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House**
  • Strange Donuts
  • St. Louis Kolache
  • The Tipsy Goat
  • Winslow’s Home

*Judges’ Choice Award Winner

**People’s Choice Award Winner