Girl Scouts to honor nine Women of Distinction during awards dinner and reception

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Girl Scouts Louisiana East is holding its 2013 Women of Distinction awards dinner and champagne reception, honoring nine community leaders, on Friday, Sep. 27, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette Street. Event Chair is former Girl Scouts board president and 2012 Woman of Distinction Ann Forte Trappey.

The public is invited to join other community leaders, Girl Scout alumnae and volunteers, for the fundraising dinner and a pre-dinner champagne reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. with proceeds going to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in southeast Louisiana. Tickets for the dinner are $75 per person, with reserved tables of 10 available at $750. Cost to attend both the dinner and champagne reception is $85 per person. The champagne reception is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with dinner from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sponsors include Valero, Brownie sponsor; and Georgia-Pacific, Louisiana Lottery, and Whitney Bank, Daisy sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available.

The 2013 Women of Distinction were nominated from across the council's 23-parish jurisdiction, and were selected based on their remarkable achievements as business, community and civic leaders dedicated to supporting leadership opportunities for girls. The honorees include Peggy Armstrong, a CPA and longtime Girl Scout Board Treasurer from New Orleans; Terrebonne Parish School Board member Brenda Leroux Babin of Houma; Baton Rouge attorney and board First Vice Chair Linda Law Clark; Girl Scout volunteer and business owner Betty Dixon of Baker; U.S. Marshal Genny May of New Orleans; current volunteer and retired Girl Scout training coordinator Anne Roberts of Baton Rouge; Julie Rose, director of the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen; New Orleans physician Christy Valentine, M.D.; and Cox executive Jacqueline Vines of Baton Rouge.

The group of women selected this year have dedicated themselves to make our community a better place, demonstrating Girl Scout values in all they do," said Jackie Alexander, CEO. "We invite our supporters to join us as we honor these extraordinary women for their accomplishments and dedication to girls."

Tickets may be purchased online on the council's website at or by contacting Development Manager Cerise McClendon at 800-644-7571, ext. 2235 or