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Girl Scouts Honors Orange County Champions of Girls and Women, Raises $387,000 to fund life-changing programs for OC girls


10th annual Celebrate Leadership event introduces new honoree categories, including  Man Enough To be a Girl Scout, Advancing Women in Leadership-Workplace Impact, and more.

IRVINE, Calif. – On Friday, November 8, more than 290 Orange County community and business leaders came together for a very special 10th Anniversary of Celebrate Leadership, Girl Scouts of Orange County’s event recognizing Orange County champions of girls and women. Held at Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, attendees donated $387,000 (gross) to support Girl Scouts’ leadership development programs for nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts representing every zip code in Orange County and to reach more girls across OC with Girl Scouts’ life-changing benefits.

In celebration of this milestone year, Girl Scouts of Orange County introduced several new honoree categories and a new nominated award recognizing OC companies that are advancing women in leadership.

Congratulations 2019 Celebrate Leadership Honorees

  • G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, Leader)™ Honoree
    Carole Moreno, Co-Owner, Angels Baseball
  • Man Enough To Be A Girl Scout Honoree
    J. Allen Brack, President, Blizzard Entertainment
  • Community Impact Honoree
    Orange County United Way’s Women’s Philanthropy Fund
  • Gold Award Girl Scout Honoree
    Isabella Madrigal, 17-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador from Orange County School of the Arts

Congratulations to Girl Scouts’ 2019 Advancing Women in Leadership – Top Workplace Impact Honoree Experian and Top Workplace Impact Nominees: Gensler and Kaiser Permanente.

Girl Scouts' top three Advancing Women in Leadership nominees were selected by an impartial panel of judges, who reviewed dozens of nominations from companies across OC taking action to achieve gender equality in the workplace. Experian was announced as the winner of this new accolade.

“At Girl Scouts, we are in the business of building strong, confident leaders, and we know we can’t do it alone,” said Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp. “Over the past decade, Celebrate Leadership has recognized 81 extraordinary local Girl Scout alum and Orange County trailblazers who are making our world a more welcoming and equitable place so that all girls can thrive. We are so proud to recognize these champions of diversity and inclusion, who are showing the world that there are no limits to what girls and women can achieve. Their leadership and passion to make our world a better place serve as inspiration for Orange County’s nearly 20,000 Girl Scouts and the 13,000 volunteers and adult members who support them.”

Each Celebrate Leadership honoree was paired with a current Girl Scout (K-12 grade), providing tomorrow’s leaders with opportunities to connect and mentor with the leaders of today. The Girl Scouts, ranging in age from seven to 17, shared how their honorees inspire them to accomplish their goals and pursue their dreams. Honorees were presented with a custom art piece created by their Girl Scout partner, a symbolic Girl Scout badge highlighting elements from the honoree’s unique leadership journey. Consistent with Girl Scouts’ commitment to being girl-led, Girl Scout Junior Kayla Teng (age 9) from Los Alamitos and Girl Scout Cadette Alivia Seard (age 13) from Seal Beach emceed the program. All-female Mariachi Band, Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas kicked off the evening’s program serenading the audience alongside Girl Scout Folklorico dancers from Troop 1918.

Attendees sipped Lemonade Fizz libations (inspired by Girl Scouts’ popular Lemonades Cookie) and browsed more than 80 silent auction items, including tickets to the Pacific Symphony, a St. Thomas vacation, Disneyland Park Hopper passes, private party with Fancy Nancy illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser, a Bloomingdale’s Fashion and Friends experience, and more. Photo booths and prize wheels, where guests had an additional opportunity to win a $500 shopping spree at South Coast Plaza, entertained guests. Action heated up during the live auction. Guests bid on a Luxury Suite at Disney on Ice, Jay Leno Garage Tour and Aston Martin 3-day lease, Angels “Play Ball” Experience, $2,000 GARYS gift card and Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club outing, in-home cooking class with Chef Jamie Gwen, and two private parties at the Argyros Girl Scout Leadership Center to view the 111th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

An event committee, co-chaired by Julie Farbaniec, Senior Director, Human Resources for Blizzard Entertainment, and Roberta Swanson, Vice President, Tax for Western Digital, contributed to the highest net revenue in the history of Celebrate Leadership.

Funds raised will support Girl Scouts of Orange County’s commitment to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  Girl Scouts become the best version of themselves as they explore and experience STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurism programs and participate in badge-earning opportunities. The event’s success would not have been possible without the support of generous sponsors, including:

  • Diamond Sponsor: Angels Baseball Foundation
  • Platinum Sponsors: Cox, Kaiser Permanente, and Western Digital
  • Gold Sponsors: Baker McKenzie, Blizzard Entertainment, Hamir Family Charitable Trust, Morgan Lewis, and Pepper Hamilton
  • Silver Sponsors: KPMG, Orange County United Way, Teacher Created Materials Publishing
  • Bronze Sponsors: Ankura Consulting Group, Beacon Pointe Advisors, Becky Bailey-Findley and Gary Findley, Capital Group, Experian, Gensler, Sophia Hall and Lawrence Arden Cripe, Wayne and Shannon Inouye, Los Angeles Chargers, OC Fair & Event Center, Judith Posnikoff, Vikki Shepp
  • Event Sponsors: Deloitte, Suzanne Huffmon Esber, Donna and Mario Giordano, Knott’s Berry Farm, Orange County Department of Education, Christine and Tom Scheuneman, Peter and Mary Tennyson, Kevin and Nella Webster-O’Grady, Jeff and Caron Winston
  • In-Kind and Auction Donors (Valued at $2,500 and above): Angels Baseball Foundation, Aston Martin Newport Beach, Bradford Renaissance Portraits, Cox Business, Fashion Island Hotel, Gorjana, Jason Richmond, Rowley Portraiture, Sally Ann Catering, Sonria by Emerson Wines

We are Girl Scouts of Orange County. We are 33,000 strong—nearly 20,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, Girl Scouts offers every girl opportunities to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit .