Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri went virtual on Feb. 25 for its 10th annual signature fundraiser, Dessert First. The virtual format, although new for attendees, proved to be a great success; the night’s donation total (nearly $250,000) exceeded that of last year’s more traditional in-person event. Everything began with home delivery of dinner, wine and a sampler of Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts created by six local chefs.
During the livestreamed program, the organization recognized two Gold Award Girl Scouts, Zoe Knight and Shruti Panda, for their leadership and service, gifting the pair with $5,000 higher-education scholarships. The organization also honored three Legacy Builders: Megan and Tim Piechowski, Boeing and its Employees Community Fund, and The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum.
Dessert First funding supports leadership development for more than 30,000 eastern Missouri Girl Scouts who are developing essential skills through life-changing adventures, experiences and innovative programs.
“We are honored to have such tremendous support from so many in our community who joined to celebrate with us," CEO Bonnie Barczykowski says. "We are grateful to the 450 individuals who attended, our corporate sponsors and our community supporters for their belief in our organization and in the power of every girl.”