In honor of women leaders of today, Girl Scouts of Colorado hosted the Thin Mint Dinner for seven Women of Distinction for their “remarkable achievements as business, community and civic leaders” and their dedication to supporting leadership opportunities for girls. The following are the list of honorees
- Dr Jandel Allen Davis, Vice Preside of Government and External Relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado
- Juanita Chaco, Realtor/ Community Activist of RE/MAX Alliance Central
- Peg Bradley-Doppes, Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations of University of Denver
- Tricia Downing, Speaker, Author, Athlete and Founder and Director of Camp Discovery
- Melba “Mel” Johston, Community Volunteer and Lifetime Service to Girl Scouts
- Denise O’Leary, Corporate Director/ Private investor of US Airways, Inc; Medtronic, Inc; and Calpine Corporation
- Maren Stewart, President & CEO of LiveWell Colorado
On October 23, hundreds and hundreds of attendees gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Denver to celebrate the marvelous event. During the cocktail hour, the atmosphere was nothing less than exciting. While everyone chatted and networked, several women were sipping on the original Thin Mint-inspired martini – a popular item for the night. Honorees mingled among the busy crowd giving the event a more personal feel.
As the dinner hour arrived, everyone took their seats in the ballroom and was greeted by a salad with a Savannah Smiles parmesan tuille, a creative concept to incorporate Girl Scout cookies. The entree was nothing short of the same creativity where the Tagalong was incorporated into the mole sauce for the chicken. Finally, the Samoa made its debut as the dessert of the night as a rum baba with ice cream and a warm cookie.
Hosting the event was 9News anchor, Cheryl Preheim and Marcelo Balboa, Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Kicking off the celebration was a flag ceremony and pledges by the Brownies of Girl Scouts and in front of hundreds of people, each girl scout delivered with confidence and character. They even had a chance to showcase their talent through a video presentation about young women and body image. A topic that still affects women till this day, the Girl Scouts girls explain how young women are constantly struggling with body image largely because of media and film.
In addition to the seven women of distinction, former First Lady Jeannie Ritter made an appearance and provided a very encouraging speech. Shortly after, Cheryl Preheim and Marcelo Balboa presented the seven women and began a discussion on their background and goals. Each honoree displayed great passion for life and service such as the strong-willed Tricia Downing who created a program for women 21 and up who were affected by an injury or disease of the spinal cord and allow them to participate in sports such as horseback riding or zip lining. Mel Johnston who has provided endless effort and time to the Girl Scouts and believing in each young woman’s ability to become great leaders of tomorrow. After the discussion, each honoree was handed a plaque to honor their works.
A short but inspiring dinner, it was an honor to be in the same room as these influential women. In addition to the celebration, everyone also had a chance to donate to Girl Scouts in any amount they wish or a flat $50 for 12 boxes of Thin Mint cookies. All proceeds would fund the mission of Girl Scouts.
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