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Denim, Diamonds, and Girl Scouts

April 10, 2009



 Contact:  Dana Rogers

                  Girl Scouts of Connecticut

                 (860) 522-0163 ext. 3262


Denim, Diamonds, and Girl Scouts

Everyone is invited to Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Gala Celebration

April 7, 2009 - Girl Scouts of Connecticut is hosting its seventh annual Gala Dinner Dance on Friday, April 24. The event will honor outstanding individuals and acknowledge their generous support of the Girl Scouts and their local communities. Event guests are encouraged to come in their best "denim and diamonds" attire and will get the chance to earn mock Girl Scout "badges," bid on fabulous silent auction items, participate in a raffle, and enjoy an entertaining evening of dining and dancing. The Gala will be held at the Italian Center in Stamford, CT from 6:30 pm to 11 pm. The public is encouraged to attend and celebrate some inspiring community leaders while supporting Girl Scouting's personal and leadership development programs for young women. 

The 2009 Honorees are Phyllis and Bruce Nicholas of Greenwich, Priscilla and John Woyke of New Canaan, and Marion Glowka of Stamford. Friends and supporters are invited to join this ceremonial Girl Scout evening of fun and fundraising to acknowledge the tremendous generosity of these individuals and other Girl Scout volunteers who are giving back both to the Girl Scouts and to their local communities. Sponsors of the Gala include: UBS, Webster and QSP Reader's Digest.

Net proceeds from the Gala 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.

Honorees Phyllis and Bruce Nicholas of Greenwich have both been active and generous supporters of the Girl Scouts.  Mrs. Nicholas was a member of the Brownies and later Girl Scouts during World War II collecting cans of grease, recycling newspapers, and knitting afghans for wounded soldiers.  Mr. Nicholas grew up with a very active Girl Scout Leader mother who began a 50 year career with the Girl Scouts in 1915.  In addition to being a troop leader, director, and cookie chairman, Mr. Nicholas' mother, Marjorie, founded several camps in New Jersey.  The Girl Scout experience became a tradition in the Nicholas family that was continued by their daughter, Beth Bemis, and her two children who were all active members of Girl Scouts.

Phyllis and Bruce Nicholas generously contributed to the 2006 capital campaign "A Place to Grow" which raised funds to improve Camp Rocky Craig in Stamford, CT.  The "Nicholas Program Building" at Camp Rocky Craig stands as a reflection of their deep commitment to Girl Scouting and to the importance of building girls of courage, confidence and character.

Honorees Priscilla and John Woyke of New Canann have also been ardent supporters of Girl Scouts of Connecticut working to raise capital funds as well as being generous donors.  Priscilla and John co-chaired the "A Place to Grow" Capital Campaign to raise funds to enhance our Outdoor Program Centers (camp properties) so that future Girl Scouts will have "A Place to Grow".

John Woyke serves as th

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