On March 12, 2012, the Girl Scouts of America celebrated 100 years of leadership training for girls and service to the community. This weekend, Girl Scouts Lousiana East (GSLE) is celebrating in grand style with two adult fundraisers.
The weekend kicks off with the FOREver Green Golf Tournament on Saturday morning, June 23 at Stonebridge Golf Club. The tournament is a two person scramble beginning at 9am. Tickets are only $120 per couple and include green fees, golf cart, range balls, food by Phil’s Grill, prizes and beer/drinks provided by Miller Light and Coors Light.
Later that evening, the party continues with the Rhapsody in Green Centennial Gala at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Hosted by Fox 8 News anchor and
proud girl scout alum, Nancy Parker, the event promises to be one of great fun and entertainment. Attendees may look forward to live music by Gina Brown and Anutha Level, dancing, silent auctions, open bar and host of delicious food items.
Serving over 17,000 girls in 23 parishes across southeast Louisiana, GSLE is hoping to raise funding for many of its programs, especially its leadership training and community involvement programs, which are the hallmarks of the Girl Scout organization. “Our membership fee is $12, which is a national fee that does not stay in the New Orleans area so that’s why we have to look towards events like the golf tournament, gala, our cookie program and support from our community, corporations and foundations to help us because we don’t pass on any of the cost to being a girl scout to the girls,” said Marianne Addy, vice president of Communications for GSLE.
But Addy reminds that there are more than than just one way to help even if you don’t attend the weekend’s festivities. “Send a email, give us a phone call and see what we can get you connected with in the future. We are always in need of volunteers and that’s not just troop leaders. There are so many different ways women and men can help…even if its administrative help or just a one day camp. Volunteers are always welcome even if its on a short term basis. The gala is basically planned by volunteers with the assistance of staff, of course. But there are so few of us, with out volunteers Girl Scouts wouldn’t happen.”
As a former girl scout, I salute this wonderful organization and congratulate it on 100 years of girl power. Any by the looks of things, there are hundreds of great years to come. “Its no accident that Girl Scouts has remained for 100 years. We make efforts to stay contemporary,” said Addy. “Girls can now create videos and website where as a 100 years ago they may have been learning Morse code. We have changed with the times…In addition to developing girls’ leadership skills, we have three areas of focus that we are trying to concentrated on: STEM increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math. Another is health living, we want to empower girls to live healthy lifestyles with health and fitness initiatives…but not just physical well being but emotional as well. Giving the tools to deal with bullying and other prevalent issues.Lastly, with our cookie program provides financial literacy. Most women will out live men and we need to be independent and understand money management.”
For more info on the weekend’s events and GSLE other programs, click here.
FOREever Green Golf Tournament
WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 9 a.m.
Stonebridge Golf Club of New Orleans
1500 Stonebridge Drive
Gretna, LA 70056
TICKETS: $120 per couple includes golf fees, equipment and food and beverages
Rhapsody in Green Centennial Gala
WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 8 – 11 p.m.
New Orleans Hilton Riverside
2 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
TICKETS: $100, $175 for a couple. Available for purchase at the door.