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Connie Chavez
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GSSJC holds final Urban Campout, honoring Susan Bischoff

Urban Campout Honors Susan BischoffHOUSTON (May 3, 2010) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council celebrated their final Urban Campout Gala, “The Magic of Girl Scouting,” on Friday, April 30 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The event has been the Council’s largest fundraiser since 1991, bringing in over $2 million for community programs. This year’s event was attended by over 350 donors, with over $250,000 raised for GSSJC community-based programs.

The 2010 honoree was Susan Bischoff, president of the Houston Public Library Foundation and former associate editor of the Houston Chronicle. Bischoff has played a major role in advancing the mission of Girl Scouting in the greater Houston area. During her time as a volunteer, she has enabled the Council to transform the lives of more than 22,000 underserved girls in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

This year’s Urban Campout included silent and live auctions, sleight of hand by magician Richard Hatch, music by the Fried Ice Cream Band, dinner and dancing.

Funds raised from Urban Campout specifically benefit community-based programs developed by GSSJC that give more than 22,000 girls in low to moderate-income communities the opportunity to participate in outreach programs. These programs include: Girl Scouting in the School Day which provides contemporary issues programs to girls; Girl Scouting Beyond Bars which is designed to help incarcerated mothers foster healthy, lasting relationships with their daughters; Activity Centers, which are Girl Scout meetings that take place in schools, community centers and public housing facilities; an After-School Day Care Program in collaboration with the YMCA and leadership development projects with various housing authorities and schools. To date, more than 50,000 girls have benefited from the more than $2 million raised through this event.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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