On Saturday, April 21, over 1,100 guests attended the Centennial Awards Gala to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouting and River Valleys’ 100 Centennial Honorees and three Honorable MENtions. It was a beautiful, emotional and inspirational evening in which the Girl Scout spirit shone brightly.
The event was emceed by Robyne Robinson and featured speakers including River Valleys’ CEO Linda B. Keene, River Valleys’ Board Chair Deb Wilkinson, Distinguished Alumna and Centennial Champion Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Dr. Delores Henderson. Honoree categories were presented by IBM, 3M, Andersen Corporation, General Mills and Clear Channel Outdoor. Guests enjoyed incredible performances by Norah Long (as Juliette Gordon Low), Jearlyn Steele, Patty Peterson and Lexi Johnson. A group of River Valleys’ Girl Scouts also surprised the crowd by performing the Girl Scout flash mob dance following dinner. The girls then presented each of the honorees with a specially-designed pendant, created for the event by Jostens.
As we honored the achievements of the Centennial Honorees, more than $100,000 was raised for Girl Scouts ConnectZ, River Valleys’ initiative to deliver Girl Scout programming to girls who traditionally lack access.
If you weren’t able to attend the Centennial Awards Gala, you can still support Girl Scouts ConnectZ by joining the Centennial Club. Your gift of $100 or more to this special campaign provides resources for more girls to become Girl Scouts through grants and financial aid. If you have any questions about the Centennial Club, please contact Stephanie Klenk, annual giving officer, at 651-379-4773. You can also make your gift online or by phone at 800-845-0787.
Help commemorate 100 years of Girl Scouts by joining the Centennial Club!