The recent Women of Distinction Luncheon benefiting the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas was the most successful in its history. The $481,000 raised — a 25 percent increase over last year’s sum — helps fund leadership programming for more than 30,000 girls in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); financial literacy; healthy living; and outdoor leadership.
Girl power was definitely the theme for the day as more than 800 supporters filled a ballroom at the Hilton Anatole to see featured speaker Alison Levine. The New York Times best-selling author of On the Edge shared exciting stories from her adventures, including mountain climbing the highest peaks on every continent and skiing to both the North and South poles.
Guests — including Peggy Sewell, Lisa Troutt, Sydney Huffines and Ruth Altshuler — also were there to honor Gene Jones and Nancy Ann Hunt. Jones, a member of the board of directors for the AT&T Center for Performing Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong pursuit of helping others. Hunt, and former Girl Scout and teacher, was named this year’s Woman of Distinction honoree.
The Girl Scouts comprises 3.2 million members who believe every girl can change the world. Its mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who in turn make the world a better place.