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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Presents Anika Noni Rose with 2010 Woman of Merit Award

June 11, 2010

Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored former Bloomfield Girl Scout and current Broadway and film actress Anika Noni Rose at the 2010 Woman of Merit dinner on Wednesday, June 9 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The lead sponsors of the event were Aetna, Comcast, Travelers, and ING.

Anika Noni Rose accepted the Woman of Merit award for her personal achievement, leadership skills, and commitment to community involvement. 

More than 350 friends and supporters enjoyed the ceremonial Girl Scout evening of fun and fundraising to celebrate the 2010 Woman of Merit while supporting Girl Scouts of Connecticut and its mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

"As an organization which has been helping girls develop leadership skills for almost 100 years, we are thrilled to honor the extraordinary achievements of former Connecticut Girl Scout, Anika Noni Rose," said Jennifer Smith Turner, Girl Scouts of Connecticut's CEO. "Anika has stayed true to her Girl Scout roots despite a very demanding career and her high standards and recognizable accomplishments make her a great role model for Girl Scouts across Connecticut."

Anika Noni Rose recently made history by being cast as the first ever African-American princess in a Disney animated musical feature The Princess and The Frog. She is the voice of ‘Princess Tiana' in the film and sings the song "Almost There" which was nominated for an academy award.

Throughout her acting career Anika has portrayed a number of inspiring women with performances that have earned her critical praise and awards.

Classically trained at the San Francisco American Conservatory Theater, Anika wasted no time transitioning to the Broadway stage.  In 2004, she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for her role of Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline, or Change and a Drama Desk Award nomination. When she reprised her role in the west coast productions of Caroline, or Change, in San Francisco and Los Angeles, Rose won both the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award and an Ovation Award. 

Anika was cast in the hit HBO show The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, as well as in the popular television adaptation of the novel, The Starter Wife, which premiered to record ratings, and received several Emmy nominations.  

She was also cast in the critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the musical, Dreamgirls.   Anika portrayed ‘Lorrell Robinson,' and was nominated for two NAACP Image Awards, a Screen Actors guild Award and shared a Grammy nomination with Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson for the soundtrack of Dreamgirls. 

Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Woman of Merit event helped the organization raise important funds to support enrichment, educational, recreational, and personal development programs that help girls in grades K - 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities. 

Additional sponsors that helped make the Woman of Merit dinner possible included Fairview Capital Partners, New Alliance, Newman's Own Foundation, Webster, and Westchester Modular Homes of Fairfield County, Inc., as well as Bank of America, CIGNA, Fiserv, Hartford Courant, The Hartford Financial Services, Hartford Steam Boiler, QSP, and University of Hartford.

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