Girl Scouts honor Women of Distinction

Monday, May 20, 2013 12:32 PM
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The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will honor six women and five girls at is annual Women of Distinction luncheon Thursday at the Legends Club.

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Mary Byrd
Mary Byrd

“These women not only perform their jobs well, but they go above and beyond,” said Jamey Sprowls, the organization’s fund development manager. “They exemplify the Girl Scout promise and law.”

Honorees include Virginia Bradshaw, associate superintendent for instruction with the Richmond County Board of Education, in the professions’ category; Tonya Bonitatibus, the Savannah Riverkeeper, in community service; Mary Byrd in the arts; Sherry Saxon, the chief executive officer of the Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union, in business; and district attorney for the Augusta Judicial Circuit Ashley Wright in government.

A new category has been added to this year’s slate, according to Sprowls.

“Courage is a new category, and we wanted to honor Shirley Badke,” she said. “She went through difficult circumstances and still beat the odds.”

Badke was burned on more than 85 percent of her body when a twin-engine Cessna crashed into the office where she was working in 1995.

In the Young Women of Distinction Category are Alicia Beam, a senior at Evans High School, in community service; Ashley Behrend, a Greenbrier junior, as the Cassie Meadows recipient; Dorina Cobranchi, T.W. Josey student, in leadership; Lauren Rebecca Helling, a Greenbrier Middle eighth-grader, in scholarship; and Anasja Sanders, a seventh-grader at Harlem Middle, in student athletics.

Except for the Cassie Meadows’ honoree, the Young Women of Distinction do not have to be active Girl Scouts.

“These girls excel in the classroom and outside of it,” Sprowls said. “All of these girls are great role models.”

About 300 people are expected to attend today’s luncheon.

Dee Griffin, a digital journalist with WJBF-TV, will be the keynote speaker, and Liz Hill, an anchorwoman of NBC 26 Today, will serve as the emcee.

Tickets to the luncheon are $40. For more information, call (706) 774-0505.

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