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Dessert First

Dessert First 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Chase Park Plaza
Cocktails and Tasting in the Lindell Room
Seated Dinner in the Khorassan Ballroom
St. Louis, Missouri
6-9 pm

Calling all cookie 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 cocktail hour, guests vote for their favorite desserts. Later, at a formal dinner, attendees celebrate two remarkable Gold Award Girl Scouts and the extraordinary achievements and contributions of three Legacy Builders.

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.

2020 Corporate Legacy Builder: Edward Jones
2020 Individual Legacy Builder: Myrtle and Earl Walker*
2020 Community Legacy Builder: Camp Fury

*Posthumous Award

Past Legacy Builders:

  • Mary Ann Altergott
  • Ameren Missouri
  • Berges Family Foundation
  • Centene Charitable Foundation
  • Commerce Bank
  • Crawford Taylor Foundation
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • Emerson
  • Express Scripts
  • Marilyn Fox
  • Laurna C. Godwin
  • Carolyn Losos
  • Monsanto
  • Operation Food Search
  • Elsie St. Cyr
  • Maurita Stueck
  • Ann and Doug Teske
  • Wells Fargo
Scholarship Awards

At this special event, we celebrate the leadership and service of outstanding Girl Scouts and award 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. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts Molly Frei and Lillian Orskog were each recognized in 2019 for demonstrating extraordinary leadership through a remarkable community service project. Molly paved the way for future leaders in STEM by assembling “tinker boxes” for elementary-aged girls featuring mechanical engineering activities and Lilly worked to minimize the staggering food insecurity occurring in Kirksville, Mo., by constructing 25 vegetable and 25 herb garden boxes, providing long-term access to fresh and nutritious foods for individuals in need.

Thank you, Molly and Lilly, for taking matters into your hands and making a positive and permanent difference in our community and beyond! 

Awardees are selected through an application and essay process. All girls working towards earning their Gold Award are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Scholarship. Applications are due Thursday, October 10, 2019.

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? Email Aurrice Duke-Rollings, Chief Advancement and Marketing Officer or call 314.592.2397.

2019 Chefs
  • 23 City Blocks Catering
  • 360 Rooftop
  • The Chase Park Plaza
  • Edibles & Essentials
  • Greenbriar Hills Country Club
  • Kakao Chocolate
  • Kaldi’s Coffee
  • La Patisserie Chouquette
  • Niche Food Group
  • Park Avenue Coffee
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
  • Whisk
  • Winslow’s Home

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