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Photography by Laurel Hungerford

More than 300 guests came together during Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary year to recognize 12 extraordinary local female leaders, all Girl Scout Alumnae, and raise $218,000 for Girl Scouts of Orange County at the Third Annual Celebrate Leadership Gala on October 26 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach.  As guests approached the Island Hotel, they were greeted by a  custom mint green Fiat, fitted  appropriately with a Girl Scout sash and decals, provided by Orange Coast Fiat.  Guests sipped Thin Mint Martinis and bid on more than 100 Silent Auction items before heading into the ballroom for a moving program highlighting the dramatic impact of Girl Scouting on the lives of the 12 honorees.  Each honoree was matched with a current Orange County Girl Scout through a shared leadership trait, linking these leaders of today with leaders of tomorrow.  Each Girl Scout presented her honoree an art canvas that she designed herself to embody the leadership trait they share.  Guests went home with a beautiful 2013 Keepsake Calendar, featuring stunning photographs of the 12 honorees with their partner Girl Scouts.

An outstanding event committee, co-chaired by Dana Agamalian and Lee Ann Canady, helped make the event a tremendous success.  The event would not have been possible without the support of generous sponsors, including:

  • Platinum Sponsor:  Wells Fargo & Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Gold Sponsor:  Applied Medical
  • Silver Sponsors:  Kaiser Permanente Orange County, Tricia Raymund and Daughter Mary Raymund, C.J Segerstrom & Sons and South Coast Plaza
  • Bronze Sponsors:  Dana and John Agamalian; Applied Medical; Lee Ann Canaday, Canaday Group; Victoria and David Collins; Sophie Hall Cripe and Lawrence Arden Cripe (in honor of Jane Hall Eberhard); Janet Davidson and Richard Plat; Veronica M. Gray/Partner – Nossaman LLP; KPMG LLP; Betty Mower Potalivo/ Northern Trust and Irene and Hiro Kinoshita; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; John and Elizabeth Stahr; UCI Medical Center
  • Program Underwriter:  Lesley, Thomas, Schwarz & Postma, Inc.
  • Photography Underwriter:  Barbara Roberts
  • Valet Parking Underwriter:  Orange Coast Fiat
  • Leaders of Tomorrow Underwriter:  Wayne and Shannon Inouye
  • Funds raised at the Third Annual Celebrate Leadership Gala support Girl Scouts of Orange County’s quality leadership development programs for more than 23,000 Girl Scouts who represent every neighborhood and zip code in Orange County and to recruit, train, and support the more than 10,000 adult volunteers who guide and support them.  Girl Scouts is the nation’s preeminent leadership development program in the country and the leading authority on girls’ healthy development. According to a recent study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute in conjunction with an independent research firm, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae, with higher perceptions of self, higher rates of volunteerism and civic engagement, higher rates of college education and higher household incomes than non-alumnae.

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  In Orange County, more than 23,000 Girl Scouts from every social and economic background are developing values, skills and abilities for success in the 21st century. According to a recent study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute in conjunction with an independent research firm, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae.  Girl Scout alumnae have higher perceptions of self, higher rates of volunteerism and civic engagement, higher rates of college education and higher household incomes than non-alumnae.

www.GirlScoutsOC.org