Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore celebrated inspiring community leaders at its Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala on Wednesday, April 27 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. The annual event, attended by 225 supporters, raised over $140,000 to provide leadership experiences to nearly 11,000 Girl Scouts across Monmouth and Ocean counties, regardless of ability to pay. Eagle Oaks was transformed into a camp wonderland complete with canoes, tree stumps, lanterns, and archery targets. Heather Coburn, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Interim CEO told guests, “More than ever before, the outdoors allows girls the opportunity to unplug from technology and be with friends. The last two summers at camp were important for so many who have been stuck indoors. For more than 50 years, our camps at GSJS have helped shape thousands of girls.” Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore proudly recognized outstanding role models in our community for their strength of character, dedicated community service, emphasis on life-long learning, along with their dedication to fostering self-confidence and leadership skills in others. Honorees at the 2022 gala included:
Women of Distinction
• Heather Barberi ▪ Grunin Foundation
• Tasha Youngblood Brown ▪ Ernst & Young, LLP (EY)
• Dr. Antoinette Clay ▪ Ocean County College
• Martha Delehanty ▪ Commvault
• Jacqueline K. Shea ▪ New Jersey Resources
• L&L Paving Co. Inc. ▪ Frank (Sandy) McIntyre
Man Enough to Be a Girl Scout
• Benjamin L. Waldron ▪ Monmouth-Ocean Development Council
Full biographies for all honorees can be found at gsfun.org/gala.
Gala co-chairs were Paige Baran, an attorney with Hiering, Dupignac, Stanzione & Dunn, and Thomas Hayes, director of customer and community relations at New Jersey Natural Gas.
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore is grateful for community sponsorship of the event, including: Gold Sponsor, Grunin Foundation; Bronze sponsors: Aspire Technology Partners and New Jersey Natural Gas. Our Trefoil Sponors: Commvault and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Badge Sponsors: ENCON, Hackensack Meridian Health, Monmouth Medical Center – Southern Campus & Community Medical Center and Ocean County Business Development & Tourism.
Teri O’Connor, Board Chair concluded the evening with a special celebration of the 110th Birthday of Girl Scouts with birthday cake and historical memorabilia on display for guests. “Your support tonight helps ensure another 110 years of problem solvers, go-getters, dreamers, and doers. Tonight, we celebrate creating a better future for us all!” said Teri.