Tickets are still available for Girl Scouts of Connecticut's 20th anniversary Woman of Merit benefit dinner, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Stamford Hilton in Stamford.

This year, Girl Scouts of Connecticut is honoring IBM's Chief Information Officer Jeanette Horan. Emmy-award winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Diane Smith will serve as emcee for the evening's festivities, which will include a silent auction and an opportunity for attendees to share their Girl Scout story via video recording.

The Woman of Merit award recognizes leaders who demonstrate the Girl Scout values of leadership, personal achievement and service to the community. It is given in honor of Alice Pattison Merritt, an public leader who became the first woman elected to the Connecticut Senate and who was instrumental in bringing Girl Scouting to Connecticut.

"For our 20th anniversary Woman of Merit dinner, we're hoping to see many old friends while making some new ones during an evening of celebration," said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. "We are thrilled to honor Jeanette Horan for her amazing technological accomplishments while celebrating partnerships with our community friends and Girl Scout supporters. It is these partnerships that make the world a better place."

Net proceeds from the dinner will support programming that helps girls in kindergarten to grade 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities. Approximately 30 percent of Girl Scouts in Connecticut live in Fairfield County. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best; connect with others to build healthy relationships; and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and to date, Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Woman of Merit has commitments by several sponsors, including Webster Bank.

Tickets are $200 per person and a special price of $150 is available for Girl Scouts of Connecticut's adult volunteers. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call 860-522-0163, ext. 3230.

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