The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore raised more than $155 thousand dollars during its annual Women of Distinction and Community Partners Gala on March 3, 2017 at Eagle Oaks Country Club. The annual event honors the personal and professional achievements of outstanding local individuals and organizations.
During the black-tie optional affair, sponsored by Investors Bank, the Girl Scouts honored an amazing group of individuals. This year’s Women of Distinction included Regina Foley, Bayshore Community Hospital; Patricia Howard, United Healthcare – Optum 360; Victoria Magliacane, Investors Bank; and Dr. Stephanie Reynolds, Riverview Medical Center.
The Junior Woman of Distinction was Hannah Morgan, an Ambassador Girl Scout from Beachwood. As its Community Partner, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. And the Girl Scouts’ Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Man of the Year was Thomas Hayes, New Jersey Natural Gas.
All honorees are from Monmouth and Ocean counties. They are dedicated to bettering the community and are valuable role models to girls as they become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Money raised from this Girl Scouts’ Gala will make a significant difference in the lives of girls in Monmouth and Ocean counties. That’s important because those girls need support more than ever. The reality they face is harsher today than it was 10 years ago. Consider, more girls are living in poverty and low-income households, obesity is on the rise for girls and fewer girls participate in physical education classes, the percentage of high school girls who seriously consider suicide has grown almost 20 percent, and reports of cyberbullying aimed at teen girls has doubled.