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Women of Distinction Event Recap


Girl Scouts of West Central Florida hosted the 26th Annual Women of Distinction luncheon on Tuesday, March 21 to a sold out crowd of 800 guests at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. It was an inspiring day celebrating six amazing women and sharing the importance of Girl Scout programming with business leaders, supporters, volunteers and members. The response from this event was so overwhelmingly positive and as a result GSWCF raised $130,000 to help further our mission! If you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – today, we’re sharing a few highlights from this wonderful event.

When guests arrived, they were greeted by a few local G.I.R.L.s - Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders! These Girl Scouts talked to guests about how Girl Scouts has help them overcome fears, solve problems, explore their creativity to organizing service projects.

Troop 6075 from Sulfer Springs K-8 Community School had the very important job of conducting the flag ceremony at the start of our event and also served as escorts by helping our honorees on the stage.

This event is held each year to honor and celebrate local women who have achieved success in their chosen fields and serve as inspiring role models for girls and other women in our local communities, each exemplifying ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of their fellow citizens through community service. Read the full bios of our honorees. 

Long time Girl Scout volunteer and supporter, Marion Rich, was inducted into the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame.

Rosemary Armstrong

Doretha Edgecomb

Debbie White

Dr. Cathy Lynch Buckhorn

Melanie Griffin was named our 2017 Woman of Promise

Congratulations to these outstanding women for their continued service to their communities and for being such incredible role models.

Girl Scout Ambassador, Samantha, shared a few incredible memories from the last 12 years she spent as a Girl Scout. 

Jonathan Moore from InVision Advisors, the event’s presenting sponsor, and his Girl Scout daughter, Lillian, gave keynote speaker Mary Lou Retton a perfect 10 as they introduced her to the crowd.

The very inspiring Mary Lou Retton served as our keynote speaker. She captivated the crowd with her motivational speech of what it took to become the first American woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics.  


As you can see, it was an incredibly uplifting day! Stay tuned, GSWCF will begin accepting nominations for the 2018 Women of Distinction event later this year.