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Girl Scouts celebrate 91 years with cookies

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Girl Scouts of America will be 91 years old March 12 and the Girls Scouts of the Sierra Nevada will observe the anniversary with a Girl Scout Cookie Celebration.

The event, which will feature chefs from Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Carson City, is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Harveys Resort & Casino convention center. Guests are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. to check in and doors will open at 7 p.m.

Chefs will create desserts using one or more of the Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredients. The cookies include Thin Mints, Caramel Delites, Lemon Pastry Cream, Peanut Butter Patty, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Friendship Circles and Animal Treasures.

Chefs and businesses who will participate include Heather Barnet, chef, Caesars Tahoe; Chase Webber, chef, Chase’s Bar & Grill; Richard Beyer, executive chef, Tahoe Biltmore; Tom Smith, executive chef, Harrah’s-Harveys Lake Tahoe; Alex Olson, executive sous chef, PlumpJack at Squaw Valley; Roy Choi, executive chef, Embassy Suites; Peggy Tavener, Victorian Team Society; and Jeff Wiesinger, chef, Heavenly Ski Resort California Main Lodge. Kevin Cox of Dreyer’s Ice Cream will provide special edition Girl Scout Cookie ice cream.

Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased by calling Sherry Griffin, fund development director for the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, at the Girl Scout office in Reno, (775) 322-0642 or the South Shore at (530) 573-1313. Space is limited so people are encouraged to purchase their tickets today. If seats are still available the night of the event, tickets may be purchased at the door.

Guests will visit each chef’s booth to receive a sample portion of each of the desserts and will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite. The dessert recipes will be printed in the program so guests can take them home and try their hand at making the concoctions. The event will include a silent auction and entertainment.

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A panel of VIP judges from the community, as well as a panel of Girl Scouts comprised of the 10 top cookie sellers from 2002, will sample the desserts and awards will be given in a variety of categories. Guests will vote for the chef who will receive the “People’s Choice Award.”

All proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Celebration will support the local Girl Scout program and the Girl Scout Financial Aid Program, which assists families who cannot afford such items as uniforms, handbooks, trip fees and summer camp tuition for their daughters.

The event also helps promote the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale, which takes place during the month of March. Since 1912, more than 50 million girls have participated in the Girl Scout program. One of the time honored traditions in Girl Scouting is the annual cookie sale, which teaches girls about salesmanship, goal setting and customer service. The sale also generates the necessary activity funds for individual Girl Scout troops as well as for local Girl Scout Council programs.