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200-Plus Attendees Join the Fight for Girls at Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Woman of Merit Event

June 20, 2014

More than 200 Girl Scout supporters, friends, and family enjoyed an exciting evening of empowering girls across the state at the 21st annual Woman of Merit benefit dinner at the Stamford Hilton on Thursday, June 19.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut recognized the accomplishments and achievements of Linda Houston, Managing Director, New England Market Executive for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, part of Bank of America. Ms. Houston acted as an extraordinary partner with Girl Scouts, organizing and leading a financial literacy event with the help of the Merrill Lynch Women’s Exchange for a group of Fairfield County Girl Scouts. Her extraordinary accomplishments in the financial sector and her commitment to girls make her an exceptional role model for Girl Scouts across the state.

“I am deeply humbled by this recognition,” said Houston. “I want to thank the Girl Scouts for their cultivation of girls’ leadership. These girls here tonight are our future leaders – business leaders, financial leaders, and government leaders. In their hands, we are in very good stead.”

The Woman of Merit award recognizes leaders who demonstrate the Girl Scout values of leadership, personal achievement, and service to the community. It is given in honor of Alice Pattison Merritt, an extraordinary public leader who became the first woman elected to the Connecticut Senate and who was instrumental in bringing Girl Scouting to girls in Connecticut.

“Last night showcased the power of one room of people acting as one in support of girls,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “With incredible partners like Merrill Lynch, and with the continued support of local communities, we will be able to raise the funds necessary to better serve our girls and give them the tools they need to thrive and succeed. We are so grateful to the commitment of all those across the state – as together, we can ensure a successful future for all girls!”

News 12 Anchor Becky Surran served as mistress of ceremonies for the evening. In addition, those in attendance heard about Newtown Girl Scout Amylee Anyoha’s Gold Award project, which brought together students in her town with students at a Nigerian school while educating them about Nigerian culture.

The event was supported by many generous sponsors, including the event’s Presenting Sponsor – Merrill Lynch/the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Net proceeds from the dinner will support programming that helps 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.

See photos of the event on our Facebook page.  Please contact Tiffany Ventura Thiele for permission to use photos.

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