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Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction Luncheon

Awards of Distinction

Pittsburgh Awards of Distinction Luncheon
Friday, October 16, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Omni William Penn Hotel

This signature event celebrates excellence in organizational and female leadership and builds critical support to keep the Girl Scouting tradition strong in western Pennsylvania.


The 2019 luncheon was presented by PNC Bank and led by Honorary Co-Chairs Karen Larrimer, Head of Retail Banking and Chief Customer Officer of PNC Financial Services Company, and Sylvia Fields, Executive Director of the Eden Hall Foundation.

GSWPA and the Pittsburgh community joined together to celebrate women leaders! 

The Awards of Distinction luncheon honors:
• Eight Women of Distinction who have exceled in their diverse fields
• Two Gold Award Girl Scouts whose award projects went above and beyond
• An Organization of Distinction whose community presence embodies Girl Scout values

We also welcomed our keynote speaker, Dr. JoAnn Deak! She has contributed decades' worth of research to the field of child developmental psychology. Her research endorses the enriching, all-girl environment that Girl Scouts provides to optimize girls' potential. Listen to Dr. Deak's keynote speech which addresses why Girl Scouts helps girls thrive. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Johnstown Awards of Distinction Dinner 
Monday, September 28, 2020, 5 p.m.
Sunnehanna Country Club

The Awards of Distinction Girl Scouts and Community Dinner in Johnstown has been a tradition for more than four decades! The event builds critical support to keep the Girl Scouting tradition strong in the greater Johnstown region, and it celebrates local leaders' positive impact in the community. 

On Monday, April 1, 2019, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania hosted the 42nd annual Awards of Distinction dinner in Johnstown, Pa. Keynote Speaker for the event, retired Colonel Karen Esaias, shared her inspiring story about how all she ever really needed to know, she learned in Girl Scouts. 

The community was also able to recognize the 2019 recipient of the Joyce M. Murtha Excellence in Community Service Award, Mike Kane, president of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. 

Read more about Mike Kane and his contributions in this story by Johnstown's Tribune-Democrat.

Johnstown Awards of Distinction dinner