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Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Announces Annual Gala

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Community Leaders to be Honored at March 20 Event

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will host its annual Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala on Friday, March 20, at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale.

A distinguished group of Jersey Shore leaders and a community-minded business will be honored at the event, which will take place from 6-11 p.m. The annual gala raises vital funds that enable girls in Monmouth and Ocean counties to access Girl Scout programs and experiences, which empower them to become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

The 2020 gala honorees are:

Women of Distinction

  • Anne M. Davis, an attorney with offices in Brick
  • Christine Hanlon, Monmouth County clerk
  • Frances Keane, vice president of human resources, CentraState Healthcare Systems and chairwoman of the Girl Scouts Board of Directors
  • Dana Lancellotti, director of business development and tourism, Ocean County
  • Dr. Janice Warner, provost, Georgian Court University

Community Partner

  • Lakewood BlueClaws, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, and long-time supporter of Girl Scouts

Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Member of the Year

  • Wayne Boatwright, vice president of diversity and inclusion, Hackensack Meridian Health

Girls Scouts is honored to have Tom Hayes and Teri O’Connor return as gala co-chairs. Hayes serves as director of consumer and community relations at New Jersey Natural Gas and O’Connor is county administrator for Monmouth County and first vice chairperson of the Girl Scouts Board of Directors.

Individual gala tickets are $225 and include a cocktail reception, dinner, music, gift auctions and raffle, plus introductions of gala honorees from Girl Scouts who have earned the Gold Award and those on their way to achieving this top Girl Scout honor.

Tickets, sponsorships and ads for the event journal may be purchased online at

For more information about opportunities to support the event, including auction donations, call (800) 785-2090 or e-mail

Photo Caption:

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will be honoring local leaders at its annual gala on March 20. Women of Distinction honorees are (L to R) Anne M. Davis, Frances Keane, Dr. Janice Warner, Christine Hanlon and Dana Lancellotti. Top Row: Gala Co-Chair Tom Hayes, Girl Scout CEO Eileen Higgins, gala Co-Chair Teri O’Connor, and President/General Manager of the Lakewood BlueClaws Joe Riccutti, who will be accepting the Community Partner Award on behalf of the BlueClaws.

About Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore serves more than 10,000 girls ages 5-18 in Monmouth and Ocean counties, providing a time-tested leadership experience that inspires and motivates them to take action for themselves and their communities. For over 107 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls become women of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For information on how to join, volunteer, partner, or donate, visit or call (800) 785-2090.