The Girl Scouts Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge will be undergoing some major repair work from July 12-31, and will close the offices and shop during that time. Repairs include removal of the two brick parapet walls that have been threatening the use of the offices, and which was funded by the challenge grant from the Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation and matching donors. The offices will reopen once the repairs are complete. Shopping can be done through the council’s online shop at http://shop.gsle.org or at the shop located at council headquarters, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121. Other departmental questions will also be handled through the New Orleans office.
Girl Scouts raise $20,000 to meet Wilson Foundation challenge grant
for Baton Rouge service center repairs
Girl Scouts successfully met a challenge of raising $20,000 by the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation after two months of fundraising. The foundation had awarded the local Girl Scouts Louisiana East council $40,000 to remove the two parapet brick walls threatening the use of their Regional Service Center in Baton Rouge and challenged them to raise an additional $20,000 by June 30, which the foundation would match if successful.
The Girl Scouts held a challenge luncheon for prospective donors so they could hear from engineer H. Davis Cole and see the damaged walls for themselves, as well as sending a flurry of letters, emails, and social media posts to both businesses and individual supporters.
“It truly was a group effort,” said Linda Law Clark, first vice chair of the council’s board of directors and a local attorney, whose adult daughter grew up in Girl Scouting in Baton Rouge. According to Clark who is a lifetime Girl Scout, 143 individuals and/or companies donated to this “brick and mortar” cause, exceeding the $20,000 goal by several thousands of dollars.
For more information about Girl Scouts, please contact the council at 225-927-8946 or visit its website at www.gsle.org.
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