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Girl Scouts Honors Women of Distinction in Denver

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Tuesday evening, Oct. 20th, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2015 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner, which was presented by Western Union, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Denver. A group of nearly 450 gathered at the event, held in conjunction with Women of Distinction events statewide. So far this year, these events have raised $225,000 for Girl Scout programs. The 2015 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • Shirley Amore, Retired City Librarian, Denver Public Library
  • Kim Bimestefer, President & General Manager, Cigna Mountain States
  • Laura J. Davis, Former Director of Environmental, Health & Safety and Systems Safety Engineering, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • Cheryl Haggstrom, Executive Vice President, Community First Foundation
  • L. Hanson, President, Idyll Cravings, LLC
  • Djuana Harvell, PhD, be well/be EPIC Project Manager, The Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities
  • Tasha L. Jones, Director of Marketing, Forest City Stapleton, Inc.
  • Loretta P. Martinez, General Counsel & Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Vicki Scott, Program Manager, Aurora Youth Options, Aurora Mental Health Center
  • Debbie Trujillo, Community Relations Director, KeyBank

The event was chaired by Women of Distinction Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Chief Communications Officer, The Western Union Company, and Donna Lynne, President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Alice Kelly, 2002 Woman of Distinction. They are shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Christina Bear inspired the crowd with her keynote. “My Gold Award journey has shown me I can be and AM a leader. Skills I have learned, as a Girl Scout will apply to my future career.” Christina told the crowd.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 416 Denver area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised in 18 years by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

Major Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor, Western Union, and Silver Sponsors, UMB and Lockheed Martin. Samoa Sponsors: Arrow Electronics, Davita HealthCare Partners, Delta Dental, EKS&H Management LLC, Forest City Stapleton, Hogan Lovells, Molson Coors and Volunteers of America.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website.

Colorado Gives Day 2013 a success!


Thank you Colorado for your support of Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day 2013! We had a record-setting year and raised more than $36,000!! This money will go a long way in helping us build the leaders of tomorrow, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have made a difference!

If you didn’t have a chance to support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day, please visit our website to learn more about the year-round opportunities to help our organization. If you can’t give monetarily, we are always in need of volunteers, especially volunteers who can lead Girl Scout troops. And you don’t have to have a girl enrolled in Girl Scouts to be a troop leader either!

Thank you for making our holiday season just a little brighter this year!

Support Girl Scouts of Colorado on Colorado Gives Day

Next Tuesday, Dec. 10th, is a big day in Colorado. It is Colorado Gives Day! This is the day when Coloradans are encouraged to support their favorite nonprofits, like Girl Scouts of Colorado, by making a donation to them. The FirstBank Incentive Fund will increase all donations made that day, meaning your dollars go further to helping the nonprofits you choose to support.

We hope you will consider making a gift to Girl Scouts of Colorado on Dec. 10th. Your dollars help us provide programming that builds our leaders of tomorrow! You can schedule your donation at anytime between now and Dec. 10th. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Girl Scouts’ memory honored with special high adventure gift for Meadow Mountain Ranch

View more photos of the check presentation 

Since the fall of 2012,  39 Girl Scout teenagers of GECCCO (Girls Enjoying Camping, Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors) Troop 71106 from Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley) have been working on a special fundraising effort for their beloved Meadow Mountain Ranch (MMR) Girl Scout camp near Allenspark.

In 2011 this troop lost a cherished member of their group, Taite Pugh of Loveland. Taite had special needs and epilepsy and died unexpectedly. While in Girl Scouts, one of Taite’s favorite activities was zip lining, which she did on an international trip to Costa Rica. She also loved camping with her troop at MMR. And after learning MMR’s future plans of being a high adventure camp for girls, with a zip line being one of the wish list camp features, the girls knew they needed to help with the fundraising efforts and name the zip line to honor the memory of Taite.

On Thursday, March 28th, the troop made their first fundraising milestone, presenting a check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO, Stephanie Foote, for $10,000 at a Fort Collins Service Center ceremony.

“We are really touched that the GECCCOs decided to keep her memory going through this project,” said Taite’s mother, Cheryl, who shed tears of pride along with her husband and Taite’s father, Mark, at the March 28th ceremony. “Taite left an impression on these girls. They always were good about including her. Girl Scouts opened many new doors. And the trip to Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime.”

Troop 71106 needs to raise $70,000 for the project, so fundraising efforts are still ongoing. They have held fundraisers for this project, such as a pancake breakfast in the fall and selling bracelets. A part of all their fundraising efforts, including 2013 Cookie Program proceeds, also are dedicated to the zip line project. (The troop sold nearly 10,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies and is fundraising for travel adventures they are planning to Peru and Alaska, to name a few.) Additionally, the troop is in the process of researching and applying for community grants.

“We hope this project inspires other troops to do community service,” said one of the troop members, Krista Beucler, who also commented that the troop is learning a lot through this project.

Once Taite fell in love with zip lining in Costa Rica she was always the first in line pointing and saying “up, up.” The troop hopes to help more children like Taite with special needs and disabilities find a love for zip lining by starting an annual day for them on this new zip line.

“We really can’t wait to complete the project. The project will make a difference for thousands and thousands of Girl Scouts,” said Sarah Bales, another member of the troop.

For more information on the MMR zip line project and how you can make a contribution, contact Elizabeth Winn at 970-319-3037 or elizabeth.winn@gscolorado.org.

Fox 31 Denver covered this event and aired a story on their morning show on Friday, March 29th. The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper also ran a short article and photo in their April 4th edition.

Colorado Girl Scouts receive grant from MetLife Foundation

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a $20,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund to support its growing statewide Hispanic Initiative. This statewide effort focuses on bringing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more Hispanic girls and volunteers in key population centers throughout Colorado. Local advisory committees will be established with the help of the Hispanic community and business leaders.

The fastest growing ethnic population in Colorado is the Hispanic/Latino community. In Colorado, approximately 30 percent of girls ages 5-17 are Hispanic, and in the last 20 years the Hispanic student population has grown by more than 180 percent in Colorado—20 percent of the total population. To help serve the growing Hispanic population, Girl Scouts of Colorado implemented its Hispanic Initiative in 2010 to provide a more focused approach in serving this population. Funding provided by the MetLife Foundation Hispanic Leadership Fund will assist Girl Scouts of Colorado in developing a stronger infrastructure to support girls and adults, strengthening advisory teams, enhancing partnerships and providing program through Girl Scouts series pathway.

The MetLife Foundation teamed with Girl Scouts of the USA to make the Hispanic Leadership Fund available to Girl Scout councils across the United States, including Colorado. To get involved in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Hispanic Initiative, please contact Kristin Courington at 720-288-1615 or at kristin.courington@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts was founded nationally in 1912, and is today the premier all-girl leadership development organization in the country. Girl Scouts offers girls a variety of leadership-based programs and activities that promote self-esteem and confidence, life and academic skills, healthy lifestyles, team-building, community service and much more. This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, known as the “Year of the Girl.” There are many ways to get involved in supporting Colorado’s current 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers in fulfilling our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Learn more at girlscoutsofcolorado.org or by calling 1-855-726-4726.

Article about the grant in the Denver Post.

Support Girl Scouts on Colorado Gives Day Dec. 6th

Honor the great work of Megan Ferland

Tomorrow, Dec. 6th, Coloradans will be invited to support their favorite Colorado non-profit to help raise millions in just 24 hours– including Girl Scouts of Colorado! This is our second year to participate in Colorado Gives Day. Last year generous supporters helped Girl Scouts of Colorado raise nearly $8,000, and we’d like to double that amount this year!

Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, every donation received on Dec. 6th will be increased in value by an incentive fund (up to a 30% match) started by FirstBank with a $300,000 lead gift. One hundred percent of your donation comes to Girl Scouts if you designate Girl Scouts of Colorado as the recipient of your gift.

Make a gift this holiday season that will bring the personal power of the Girl Scout leadership experience to every girl, everywhere in the state of Colorado. At least a third of girls enrolled in Girl Scouts throughout Colorado are from economically disadvantaged, underserved and at-risk communities. In fact, in recognition of our wonderful President and CEO Megan Ferland, who will be leaving us later this month to assume the President and CEO post at Girl Scouts in Seattle, we’ve set up The Opportunity Fund, which will be the direct beneficiary of all Girl Scouts Colorado Gives Day funds. The fund will benefit disadvantaged and underserved girls, as well as honor the great work Megan did here in Colorado to build up and strengthen Girl Scouts and set us on a course of renewed growth and dynamic programming.

To donate to Girl Scouts of Colorado:

  1. Visit GivingFirst.org/GirlScouts before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6th to Donate Now. (You can even schedule your donation before Dec. 6th if you so choose.)
  2. Select your donation amount of $10 or more. You can donate with a credit card, or give directly from your checking account. Please be as generous as you can on this special occasion!
  3. You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement from Community First Foundation, and a gift acknowledgement letter from Girl Scouts.

Thanks for your support!