On Thursday, February 25, 2016 nearly 500 people gathered to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Dessert First. The 5th anniversary of Dessert First was an opportunity to come together to honor the extraordinary achievements of Girl Scout Gold Awardees, the dedicated service of Individual Legacy Builders, the transformational support of Corporate Legacy Builders, and the culinary creativity of St. Louis’ top chefs.
The event was a huge success with over $350,000 raised to support Girl Scouts leadership development programs for girls—surpassing all expectations.
Guests enjoyed Girl Scout Cookie-inspired desserts during cocktail hour. The unique desserts were created by 10 local chefs, listed below. David Laufer, executive pastry chef at The Chase Park Plaza, won People’s Choice for his melting chocolate sphere with salted caramel sauce and Tagalong cookie. And Nicole Shuman, the St. Louis campus program director of L’École Culinaire, won Judges’ Choice.
Participating Restaurants & Chefs
- 23 City Blocks Catering, Chef Nick Miller
- Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, Chef David Bailey
- The Chase Park Plaza, Chef David Laufer
- Clementine’s Creamery, Chef Tamara Keefe
- The Cup, Chef Ericka Frank
- EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery, Chef Aaron Baggett
- Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, Chef Julie Weldele
- Kakao Chocolate, Chef Brian Pelletier
- L’École Culinaire, Chef Nicole Shuman
- Onesto Pizza & Trattoria, Chef Sally Sciaroni
- Piccione Pastry, Chef Sandia Hoormann
The event honored Commerce Bank as our Corporate Legacy Builder and Maurita Stueck as our Individual Legacy Builder. Both Legacy Builders have provided enormous support and service to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. See the videos below to and learn more about our honorees.
The event also celebrated Myra Dotzel and Jessica Thoelke, two lifelong Girl Scouts who have completed their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. Both Myra and Jessica were awarded $5,000 scholarships to be used for higher education. See the videos below to learn more about our scholarship recipients.
Finally, the 5th anniversary gave Girl Scouts a chance to reflect on the achievements of previous scholarship recipients, and catch up on where they are today. Check out the video below.
Capping off the evening, guests donated $93,000 to the organization, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Berges Family Foundation.
Click here to see photos from the 2016 event!