Seven of Oklahoma City’s finer restaurants have been challenged with taking Thin Mints, Tag-A-Longs, Samoas and other delicious cookies and creating a Girl Scout Cookie-inspired dessert.
The confections will be featured at the first Cookies & Cocktails event on March 16 at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Restaurant (301 W. Reno) from 4-7 pm. Celebrity judges will sample the desserts and award one winner.
Celebrity judges include: Nick Bender, Weekend Evening Meteorologist KWTV News 9; Heather, The Joey and Heather Morning Show, WILD 104.9.
Participating restaurants include Sonic, America’s Drive In; Family Affair; Sage; Belle Isle; Urban Roots; and Pie Junkies from S & B Burger Joint.
Cookies & Cocktails is also a volunteer drive aimed at educating potential Girl Scout volunteers on the various ways they can get involved. Kari Ames, Community Development Executive for Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma, said Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma put 350 metro area girls on its waiting list in 2010 due to the lack of volunteers. “Girls are looking for a leadership experience where they can express themselves and explore the world around them,” Ames said. “All Girl Scouts need are volunteers who are willing to give as little as two hours a month to help a girl achieve her goals.”
Ames added that it is a common misconception is that volunteers have to be a troop leader.
“To be a Girl Scout volunteer, you don’t have to be a parent or even lead a troop,” she said. “Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma has many opportunities for adults who want to give back, including one-time speaking events, In-School opportunities where volunteers go to a local school just a few times a month, STEM robotics coaches for just a few weeks, and many other volunteer opportunities.”
Oklahoma ranks 6th in the nation for teenage pregnancy. One in four teenage girls in Oklahoma doesn’t graduate from high school. The Sooner state has the nation’s highest female incarceration rate. Through its mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma strives to keep girls from becoming a statistic by bringing diversity, teamwork, learning & creativity, leadership, physical activity and service and civic engagement to their lives.
Kari Ames hopes that this event will attract great volunteers and provide valuable resources for Oklahoma girls in our community.
“Girl Scouts is a great way to make a real difference in the life of a girl, her family, her community and the state,” Ames said. “When a girl has a mentor, she does better. When a girl achieves, her self-esteem grows and she does better. Changing a girl can literally reverse some of these statistics in our state.”
Cookies & Cocktails will inform potential volunteers about the numerous opportunities available through Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma, while enjoying some yummy dessert samplings made with Girl Scout cookies created by some of Oklahoma City’s finest restaurants. Several raffle prizes will also be up for grabs, including a 7.0 carat tourmaline donated by Samuel Gordon Jewelers, Artini tickets, Bricktown prize package, numerous gift cards to area restaurants, Oklahoma City Barons tickets and more.
“Cookies & Cocktails” is an invitation-only event. To request an invitation, contact Kari Ames at Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma at 405-528-4475 or [email protected] Tickets are $20/person. Must be 21 to attend.
For more information on Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma, visit www.gswestok.org or call 405-528-GIRL.