GSWPA Announces 34th Annual Awards of Distinction Honorees

Apr 04, 2011 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

Join Honorary Chair, Joyce Murtha, to honor the community’s leaders at the 34th Annual Girl Scout Awards of Distinction Dinner on Monday, May 2 at 6 p.m. at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown. Tickets and sponsorships are still available.

Michele Moore Ridge, former First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will serve as the keynote speaker. Ridge’s career is distinguished by dedicated service to children, higher education, her community, her family and Pennsylvania. Throughout her tenure as First Lady, her top priority was the prevention of violence against youth. She chaired the Governor’s Community Partnership for Safe Children, an initiative that seeks to curb violence by and against youth by reducing child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, academic failure and other factors that make children more likely to commit crime. Ridge will discuss the importance of volunteerism and her time in the Governor’s Mansion.

Robert Eyer, CEO, Wessel & Company, will receive the 2011 Community Leader Award. Eyer has over 30 years of public accounting experience and six years of experience in Fortune 500 audit engagements. As a managing shareholder for Wessel & Company, he embedded the firm's culture of community service. Named to the 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania for the third consecutive year, Wessel & Company has been in business for more than 50 years. Eyer serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, Veterans Community Initiatives, Inc. and the YMCA Advisory Committee. He has been named the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Top 100 People by Pennsylvania Business Central and Veteran of the Year.

The nine members of Girl Scout Troop 40978 will be presented with the Troop of Distinction Award in honor of their outstanding leadership and service to the Johnstown community. Troop 40978 has made a significant impact in the region by building awareness on topics such as Melanoma Cancer and Internet Security. The troop has worked to support the American Cancer Society, the Johnstown YMCA and the Salvation Army. Troop members also volunteer their time at Camp Conshatawba for Girl Scout Summer Camp and at Arbutus Manor home for the elderly. Four girls have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, and two will complete their projects by year-end. All nine of the troop’s members have received their Girl Scout Silver Award.

For additional information, please e-mail Yvonne Verno or call 800-248-3355 ext 1114.

To register for the event please complete the reply card and return it to: Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, 30 Isabella St., Suite. 107, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

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