By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma (GSWESTOK) will host its 5th annual Cookies & Cocktails fundraiser on Thursday, August 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Avenue, in Oklahoma City.
Guests will have the opportunity to try signature cocktails from Oak & Ore and The Garage restaurants, beverages from Coop Ale Works brewery, and wine, beer and spirits from Paragon Brands of Oklahoma City.
Local restaurants such as the Dust Bowl, Sonic, Gurnsey Park, and La Gumbo Ya Ya, are partnering with GSWESTOK to create a one-of-a-kind tasty snack using the famous Girl Scout Cookies.
Celebrity judges for the event will be News 9’s meteorologist Lacey Swope, Gazette food writer Greg Elwell, Miss Oklahoma 2011 Betty Thompson, and KISS FM radio hosts Kaci Summers & Jacob J. Entertainment will be provided by Norman musician Travis Linville. Guests are encouraged to enter raffle drawings for prizes from the OKC Thunder, Kendra Scott, Lyric Theatre, Scott Cleaners, and Walt Disney World in Florida.
“This year, Girl Scouts is partnering with 13 local restaurants who are creating amazing treats with our Girl Scout Cookies,” said Lindel Evers, Chair of Cookies & Cocktails. “With live music by local artist Travis Linville, and some really great raffle items, it’s a guaranteed good time.”
Proceeds will benefit the Girl Award program, which supports local troops and individual girls as they develop their leadership, faith and community skills. Proceeds will also support the Gold Award Scholarship Fund.
Last year over 200 guests participated in the GSWESTOK Cookies & Cocktails event.
2016 marks the 100-year celebration of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, the coveted award is the result a detailed seven-step process involving more than 80 hours of work on a project that solves a long-term community problem.
“Cookies & Cocktails, currently in it’s 5th year, is a ‘FUNdraiser’ event that supports our Girl Award program and the Gold Award Scholarship,” said Misti McClellan, PR and Communications Specialist for GSWESTOK. ”The Girl Awards, Bronze, Silver and Gold, are the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.
“All three awards give girls the opportunity to affect great change working on issues that they are passionate about, from planting a community garden, to advocating for issues that inspire them, the girls in the Awards program are the epitome of our motto: We create girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.” McClellan said
“The Gold Award Scholarship is awarded each year to one of our Gold Award recipients and this event helps to fund that scholarship,” McClellan added.
The scholarship fund was established to encourage girls to stay in scouting by raising awareness of the accomplishments of the Gold Awardees, as well as provide assistance to help them reach their educational goals.
Through leadership-building programs, GSWESTOK offers girls a path to explore their interests — including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), healthy lifestyles and activities like the High Adventure Team, summer camps, and community service projects.
“The Girls Scouts have been around for 104 years,” McClellan continued. “They started in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia with eighteen girls. Now Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma serves 39 counties in Oklahoma – over 7,000 girls – and they are all doing amazing things.”
Today, there are 1.9 million girls and 800,000 adults involved in the Girl Scout program.
Tickets to the Cookies & Cocktails event are $30 and are available online. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
To learn more about the Girl Scouts, contact Misti at 405-528-4475 or email at [email protected].