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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Honor 100 at 2012 Centennial Gala-Woman of Merit benefit dinner

September 13, 2012

In honor of its 100th Anniversary, Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored 100 women, men, and organizations that embody the best of Girl Scout values at the 2012 Centennial Gala – Woman of Merit benefit dinner on Wednesday, September 12.

The event was attended by more than 300 people. Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, honorary spokesperson for Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s 100th Anniversary and Community Champion honoree, congratulated all the honorees in attendance.

“I’m truly honored by this recognition and to be a part of this esteemed group of accomplished girls, women, men, and organizations,” Wyman said. “I am thankful to Girl Scouts of Connecticut for allowing me to be the honorary chairperson of the 100th Anniversary, and this event is a fitting tribute to the years spent building girls of courage, confidence, and character.”

The Centennial Gala had five categories of honorees: Distinguished Alumnae, Community Champion, Trail Blazers, Girls of Promise, and Women of Promise. Honorees included Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Cathy Malloy, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, State Treasurer Denise Nappier, State Representative Michelle Cook (D-65); Jen Rizzotti, women’s basketball coach at the University of Hartford; Carolyn Kuan, Music Director, Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz, Superintendent, U.S. Coast Guard Academy; and Chief Lynn Malerba of the Mohegan Tribe.

“We were delighted to honor these 100 extraordinary people and organizations at the Centennial Gala,” said Teresa C. Younger, President of Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Board of Directors. “This has been a special year for Girl Scouts of Connecticut, celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and there’s no better time to celebrate the achievements of many throughout the state who are the role models for and help build girls of courage, confidence, and character.”

Net proceeds from the dinner will support enrichment, educational, recreational, and personal development programs that help girls in grades K - 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best; connect with others to build healthy relationships; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

The Centennial Gala/Women of Merit was generously supported by 100th Anniversary Mission Sponsor Travelers; Title Sponsors Aetna, Inc. and Webster Bank; Gold Sponsors Cablevision and ING; and radio sponsor WDRC-AM.

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