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An Event with a Twist: Dessert is Served First - Girl Scouts Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Signature Event


Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is celebrating 20 years of its signature event, the Dessert First gala, which supports leadership development programs for the organization’s 25,000 girl members. The event, chaired by Judith E. Matsko, challenges chefs from around the region to create desserts featuring … you guessed it, Girl Scout Cookies!

In the spirit of friendly competition, desserts will be judged by a panel of judges as well as guests. The dessert tasting will be followed by dinner and silent and live auctions.

The rundown of talented chefs and amazing restaurants at this year’s event include:

-Busy B Bakery, Marissa Mathews

-Cupcake Binge!, Lynn Stricker

-Cuyahoga Community College Hospitality Management Center, Maureen Leonard

-Embassy Suites Hotel, Sam Quinones

-Flour Restaurant – Italian Kitchen, Abby Stout

-Gervasi Vineyard, Nancy Davis

-Hudson’s Restaurant, Kendra Altomare

-Jenni Pops, Jennifer DaDante

-LockKeepers, Rachel Rozsa

-Melt Bar & Grilled, Matt Fish

-StoneWater Golf Club, Emma Scheer

-Strip Steakhouse, Genevieve Larson

-Urban Farmer Cleveland, Kara Swortchek

The “sweet” benefit is slated for Saturday, October 20 at the Embassy Suites, Cleveland-Rockside in Independence and will be he hosted by Dawn Kendrick, WKYC Channel 3 News reporter and Girl Scout alum. Tickets are on sale now! To purchase tickets or learn more, visit

This year’s presenting sponsor is FirstEnergy Foundation. Other sponsors include Cuyahoga Community College, Huntington Bank, The J.M. Smucker Company, JOANN Stores, Key Private Bank, Little Brownie Bakers, The Lubrizol Corporation, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Metis Construction Services, LLC, Mutual of America, PPI Graphics & Innovative Trends, Sandy & Doug Rapp, Roetzel & Andress, LPA, Second Story Productions, LLC, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and Wiley Photography. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Candace Harmon at or 800-852-4474.