2024 will mark the 14th year of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s signature event, Dessert First. And we will be celebrating that occasion on Leap Day—February 29, 2024 at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Take the leap and be a part of the momentous evening where we will honor three outstanding Girl Scout Changemakers with academic scholarships as well as four Legacy Builders who, year after year, support more than 30,000 Girl Scouts across Eastern Missouri.
All proceeds support our leadership development programs for girls.
New this year – early bird ticket pricing available through January 31, 2024! Individual tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, October 27, 2023.
Thursday, February 29, 2024
The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta
Cocktails and Tasting in the Lindell Room
Seated Dinner in the Khorassan Ballroom
St. Louis, Missouri
Dessert First honors one Corporate/Foundation Legacy Builder, one Individual Legacy Builder, one Community Legacy Builder and one Education Legacy Builder. The honorees are chosen because of the enormous support and service they have provided to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
Past Legacy Builders
At this special event, we celebrate the leadership and service of outstanding Girl Scouts and award three Changemaker Scholarships of $5,000 to be used for higher education. Scholarship recipients must have earned their Gold Award, the highest recognition available to Girl Scouts.
Changemaker Scholarships made possible by:
Past Scholarship Recipients:
2024 Dessert First Scholarship
All girls who earned their Gold Award at the 2023 Reflections Ceremony will be considered for the 2024 Dessert First Scholarship. Finalists were notified in July 2023 that they had been selected by the Dessert First Scholarship Committee for a presentation and interview. (All finalists selected for the presentation round receive a $1,000 scholarship.) The committee will announce final award decisions immediately following the presentation round in August 2023.
Girl Scouts can contact Shannon Bodenschatz at email@example.com with questions regarding the Changemaker Scholarship.
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.
New this year – The Make New Friends Reception! Join us for an additional hour of dessert tasting and mingling, exclusively for our Silver Level Sponsors and above!
Interested in a corporate sponsorship? Please contact Erin Vlasaty at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have questions regarding accommodation needs to be able to participate? Please contact Shannon Bodenschatz at email@example.com.
Past Participating Restaurants have included: