Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana postpones ‘Women of Distinction Awards’


The Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana will present the 2020 Women of Distinction Awards on Friday, at Tropicana Evansville. (Logo courtesy Facebook)

Evansville, IN (WEHT) – The Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana (GSSI) will postpone presenting the 2020 Women of Distinction Awards , at Tropicana Evansville.

Natalie Hedde, Director of Communications Midwest at Vectren, will emcee the event which celebrates outstanding female leaders and businesses for their accomplishments, community stewardship, and commitment to making a difference.

Shannon Frank, Partner at Kahn, Dees, Donovan, and Kahn, is the 2020 Woman of Distinction honoree. Maureen Barton, Executive Director of the EVSC Foundation, is the 2020 Rising Star honoree, and German American Bank is the 2020 Advancing Women Company of the Year honoree.

“As positive role models for the girls and women in our community, these honorees embody the true essence of Girl Scouts – they are dedicated to making our community a better place,” said Aimee Stachura, Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana. “Women of Distinction Awardees are chosen for their leadership, community contributions, and professional achievements. Honoring their accomplishments will help inspire girls to achieve their own goals and dreams.”

Proceeds from the event go to support GSSI’s After School Program, which ensures girls in underserved, at-risk communities gain life-long skills and leadership development in a safe, all-girl environment.

Through support from United Way of Southwestern Indiana and individual donors, Girl Scouts serves over 650 girls a year through this program.

“These incredible programs exist to help girls thrive. They gain a strong sense of self, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, display positive values, form and maintain healthy relationships, and identify and solve problems in their own community,” said Stachura.

The program provides staff, uniforms, supplies, and year-long programming in an after-school setting to ensure the safety of girls during the hours of 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., and teams with the EVSC to provide transportation home.

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(This story was originally published on March 13, 2020)

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