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Girl Scouts announces 2012 Denver metro-area Women of Distinction

Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing the 2012 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in the Denver metro-area at a private reception on Aug. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of 1997 Woman of Distinction Barb Grogan. This year’s seven Denver metro-area honorees were selected by their peers and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. The Women of Distinction commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today.

The Women of Distinction program began in the Denver area in 1997. Including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 387 women with this honor. The Women of Distinction is widely regarded as one of Denver’s premier philanthropic programs, bringing together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs. More than $2 million has been raised in 15 years.

Later this year, Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees at the Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner in Denver. This event will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and will spotlight Girl Scouts’ Live Healthy, Lead Healthy initiative, focusing on self-esteem, good nutrition and exercise that will help prevent health issues and other serious ailments that affect girls and women. The event will be a three-course dinner featuring the creative use of Girl Scout Cookies. Honorary chair for the event is Former First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter (2009 Woman of Distinction). Sue Knox with Cricket and Katherine Peck (1998 Woman of Distinction) with The Gill Foundation are event co-chairs.

For more information on the Oct. 23 event, including how you can help, please contact Amy Myers at 303-607-4896 or amy.myers@gscolorado.org. You can also visit our website for more information or to purchase tickets and/or sponsorships at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/women-of-distinction-denver.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Denver metro-area 2012 Women of Distinction: 

  • Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis: VP of Government and External Relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Board Member, University of Colorado & University of Colorado Foundation; The Denver Foundation; Women’s Forum; Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce & Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation
  • Peg Bradley-Doppes: Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations, University of Denver;  Board Member, Denver Metro Sports Commission; Member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee
  • Juanita Chacon: Realtor/Community Activist, RE/MAX Alliance Central; Board Member, Community Corrections City and County of Denver; Founder, Latinas First; former Board Chair, Family Star Montessori
  • Tricia Downing: Speaker, Author, Athlete, and Founder and Director of Camp Discovery
  • Melba “Mel” Johnston: Community Volunteer and Lifetime Service to Girl Scouts; Former President, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council; Chair, Alumnae Committee, Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Denise O’Leary: Corporate Director/Private Investor, US Airways, Medtronic, Inc. and Calpine Corporation; Board Member, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Corporation for Supportive Housing
  • Maren Stewart: President & CEO, LiveWell Colorado; Board Chair, Aurora Economic Development Council; Board Member, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Media placements about the honoree announcement and/or upcoming event in the Denver Post, Our Colorado News (Penny Parker), Colorado Expression October/November, Villager (Glory Weisberg), YourHubs with the Denver Post/honorees places of business newsletters and websites, and 9NEWS.

Girl Scouts receives $15,000 grant from The Denver Foundation

Girl Scouts of Colorado recently received a $15,000 grant from The Denver Foundation to support the organization’s outreach programs for girls in underserved areas of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Girl Scouts’ outreach programs in these areas serve 1,400 girls in low-resource schools, affordable housing communities and detention centers.

“Girl Scouts of Colorado’s outreach programs help us fulfill a vital role in our community — helping provide all girls, no matter their background or their resources, the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting,” said Stephanie Foote, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “We deeply appreciate The Denver Foundation’s long-time support of Girl Scouts and the programs we provide for girls in low-resource communities.”

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving life in Metro Denver through philanthropy, leadership, and strengthening the community. Last year, the Foundation awarded more than $47 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three primary roles: stewarding an endowment to invest in meeting current and future needs for the Metro Denver community; managing more than 900 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, nonprofit organizations, and business; and working with community and philanthropic leaders to address core challenges that face Metro Denver. For more information, visit denverfoundation.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 skills 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.

Girl Scouts hope to break cycle of violence against women & girls

According to a National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

In 2008, Colorado domestic violence agency staff and volunteers answered 46,780 crisis intervention calls, a 20% increase from 2007.

According to 2008 Liz Claiborne research study, one in four “tween” say dating violence is a serious problem for their age.

85,000 rapes were reported in Colorado in 2010, yet an estimated 60% of rapes go unreported.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is going to be part of an important project that starts this Saturday, Oct. 29th.

We are collaborating with MidChix & MadHens, a social enterprise promoting the well-being of women & girls, on the Colorado Clothesline Project.

This event will bring together hundreds of girls (6th grade and older) and women throughout the community to create a compelling T-Shirt art exhibit acknowledging the existence and effects of widespread violence against women and girls in our society, along with efforts to break that cycle via education and empowerment of our generation as well as the next.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. (A program on domestic violence will be given by the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver from 10-10:45 a.m.)

The hundreds of completed shirts will be part of a public art display in the South Gaylord Street neighborhood in Wash Park from Nov. 4th-6th. A public unveiling of the display will take place on Nov. 4th from 5-8 p.m. at Brushstrokes Gallery, 1059 South Gaylord Street, Denver.

This isn’t the first time Colorado Girl Scouts have been part of this important conversation in our community. View the public service announcement one of our Colorado Springs Girl Scouts (also a Generation Wow! Girl Scout), Rebecca Nelson, created on this subject for TESSA to earn her the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, this last spring.

For more information on the Colorado Clothesline event, including how you can participate, visit our website.

Xcel Energy awards grant to Girl Scouts of Colorado

Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The grant is specifically designed to help Girl Scouts of Colorado encourage girls to explore STEM and fuel the pipeline for the anticipated three million more scientists and engineers that America will need when today’s girls graduate from college. Programming will be delivered to girls statewide, with an emphasis on metro Denver and Colorado Springs. Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout experience from camp to troop activities, badge work, events and community outreach programs. One of the focuses of Girl Scouts’ STEM programming is introducing girls to women who work in STEM fields.

Pictured below is Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy (right) as he presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado for science, technology, engineering and math activities. Girl Scouts of Colorado staff pictured are Megan Ferland (center), president and CEO, and Greg Movesian (left), senior vice president of resource development.

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