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Mona Tolbert
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Fort Bend’s Divas and Dudes “Step Out” to Benefit Girl Scouts

Money raised to fund Girl Scout program in six Fort Bend-area schools

FORT BEND, Texas (November 17, 2010) – On November 9, 2010 over 50 Fort Bend community leaders, including current and former mayors from the area and their spouses, stepped out to attend a community social at Safari Texas benefiting the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC)’s Girl Scouting on the Go program. These community leaders, who dubbed themselves Divas and Dudes for this event, came together to raise money for Girl Scouts and extended an invitation to others to join.

“We are so very grateful for the support of the Divas and Dudes in Fort Bend,” said Mary Vitek, chief executive officer for GSSJC. “For over five years now, they have helped raise money so that girls who might not otherwise be able to experience Girl Scouting, can have the opportunity to experience the many opportunities that the organization offers to so many girls around the country.”

During the event, the Divas and Dudes recognized local Girl Scouts, Hannah Bevers and Kierstan Hernandez, who received the prestigious Gold Award, the highest award earned by a Girl Scout. They also welcomed GSSJC board member Mary Ryder, who gave an overview of GSSJC’s mission and noted the Girl Scout movement includes 4722 girl members and 2362 adult members in Fort Bend.

The Fort Bend Girl Scouting on the Go program serves over 1,000 girls in underserved communities where volunteer leadership is not available. For approximately 27 weeks these girls are taught leadership, self-awareness and team building skills that build courage, confidence and character. In the end, they learn how to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

Editor’s Notes

Steering CommitteePhoto Caption: The Fort Bend Divas and Dudes Stepping Out event Steering Committee is pictured with Hannah Bevers [pictured on the far right] and Kiersten Hernandez [pictured on the far left], two of Fort Bends’ Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. The Fort Bend Divas and Dudes underwrote the event to support Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s Girl Scouting on the Go, a community outreach program that serves more than 1,000 girls in underserved communities where volunteer leadership is not available.

Gold Award Recipients

Photo caption: [Pictured left to right] Kiersten Hernandez and Hannah Bevers, two of Fort Bends’ Girl Scout Gold Award recipients were guest speakers at this year’s Divas and Dudes Stepping Out event. The community social benefitted Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s Girl Scouting on the Go Community Outreach Program. The Girl Scout movement serves over 4700 girl members and more than 2300 adult members in Fort Bend.

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