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The 2021 Emerald Awards Event
Friday, June 18, 2021
7:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Four Seasons
2800 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480

Nominations are currently open for  2021 honorees!

NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY

The Emerald Awards: Unleash Your Inner G.I.R.L. honors women in Palm Beach County who exemplify leadership and serve as role models for young women in our community. Four awards will be given to women who embody the characteristics of today’s G. I. R. L. – Go Getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, and Leader.

An Emerald Awards Honoree is recognized as a woman who brings new ideas to life, demonstrates creative problem solving, and brings innovation to her field of expertise or community. She has positive values, a strong sense of self, seeks challenges, learns from setbacks, and is not afraid to shatter the ‘glass ceiling.’ She recognizes the potential for leadership in every girl, inspires those around her to take action, and drives change in her community. Please review the  2021 Nomination criteria before submitting a nomination.

In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy will be given to a woman who demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable support. The Lifetime Achievement Award will highlight a woman whose generosity is evident through the considerable personal time and financial support she dedicates to programs and organizations that contribute to the well-being of our community. She embodies the spirit of giving in all aspects of her personal and professional life and strives to leave a legacy of philanthropy for future generations.

Please note, prior experience as a Girl Scout or working with Girl Scouts is not required.

Nomination submission deadline is March 1, 2021. If you have a question, please email Danielle Crouch or call 561-815-1808.

What are the nomination categories?

Four G.I.R.L. – Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader Awards

An Emerald Award Honoree is recognized as a woman who brings new ideas to life, demonstrates creative problem solving, and brings innovation to her field of expertise or community. She has positive values, a strong sense of self, seeks challenges, learns from setbacks, and is not afraid to shatter the ‘glass ceiling’. She recognizes the potential for leadership in every girl, inspires those around her to take action, and drives change in her community.

One Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy

The Lifetime Achievement Award will highlight a woman whose generosity is evident through the considerable personal time and financial support she dedicates to programs and organizations that contribute to the well-being of our community. She embodies the spirit of giving in all aspects of her personal and professional life and strives to leave a legacy of philanthropy for future generations.

Who can be nominated?

All nominees must have lived or worked in Palm Beach County for at least three years, need to have made a major contribution or significant difference in their communities, cannot be a current Board Member of Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida and they do not need to have prior experience as a Girl Scout or working with Girl Scouts.

How can I nominate someone?

Prior to nominating, please review our 2021 nomination criteria. You must have the Nominee's full address, contact information and a current copy of her resume in order to complete the form. When you are ready, submit your nomination through the online nomination form.

Please note that nominations must be approved by the nominee prior to submission. If selected as a 2021 Emerald Award Honoree they are required  the Emerald Award event on Friday, June 18, 2020.

The nomination deadline for the 2021 Emerald Awards is March 1, 2021.

When will recipients be notified and honored?

The award recipients will be notified in March of 2021 and will be asked to provide a 100-word bio and a professional headshot by March 10, 2021. All award recipients will be honored at our event:

  • Emerald Awards: Unleash Your Inner G.I.R.L. on Friday, June 18, 2021 
Past Emerald Awards
2020

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2020 online auction and joined us live on Facebook for the virtual event. Your support and dedication to Girl Scouts is priceless!

Missed the live stream of our event? Watch the recording on Facebook!

Congratulations once again to the 2020 Honorees:

Emerald 2020 honorees

Honorary Chairs: Geri Emmett, Suzi Goldsmith, Donna Mulholland, Lois Pope, and Pamela M. Rauch

Event Chair: Virginia Spencer

Host Commitee: Sally Byrd, Susan D. del Portal, Carol Dubinsky, Sarah Emmett, Terry Gearing, Lynn Kirker, Anne LoGiudice, Amber O'Sullivan, Jennifer Rocha-Donley, MaryAnn Stetson, Ofelia Utset, Michele Vogel, and Marcia Wolf

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2020 Emerald Awards - VIP Luncheon and Ceremony

Emerald Awards VIP Luncheon and Ceremony

This years honorees and sponsors were invited to an intimate ceremony and luncheon held at Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida's Headquarters on Friday, February 28.

2019

Thank you to all who attended the 6th Annual Emerald Awards hosted on February 23, 2019, at the Beach Club, Palm Beach. With 190 guests, the evening was a celebration of six amazing Palm Beach County women who embody leadership and serve as role models for young women in our community.

Congratulations to our honorees:

  • Pamela M. Rauch: Go-Getter Award
  • Tara McCoy : Innovator Award
  • Lisa Interlandi: Risk-Taker Award
  • Ava L. Parker, J.D. : Leader Award

In addition, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida honored Dari Bowman with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy and Valerie Fiordilino Maslow, PA-C with the Young Philanthropist Award. These special recognitions honor their extensive philanthropic efforts throughout our community.

Featured from left: 2019 Emerald Awards Honorees Tara McCoy, Lisa Interlandi, Dari Bowman, Valerie Fiordilino Maslow PA-C, Ava L.Parker J.D., and Pamela M. Rauch.

Each of the six honorees embodies the characteristics of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader)TM, and join GSSEF in the mission to give girls the vision and voice to command their future, engage their communities, and inspire others.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida raised over $135,000 which will be reinvested into programs that develop leadership and skills that will build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Many of the generous donors funded equipment and projects that will enhance the outdoor experiences for Girl Scouts in our area.

The Emerald Award Honorary Event Chairs were Suzi Goldsmith, Donna Mulholland, Lois Pope, Judi Richards (in memoriam), and Julie Rudolph. Our Host Committee included Sarah Emmett, Terry Gearing, Sarah Kudisch, Amber O’Sullivan, Virginia Spencer, MaryAnn Stetson and Ofelia Utset. Our Event Chair was Tami Donnally.

GSSEF would like to thank our generous sponsors of this event:

  • Major Sponsors: Champion Solutions Group, Duffy’s Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities
  • Silent Auction Sponsor: Donna Mulholland
  • Award Sponsors: Lois Pope (Go-Getter Award), Florida Power & Light (Innovator Award), Greenspoon Marder, LLP (Risk-Taker Award), UBS Financial Services (Leader Award)
  • Steward Sponsors: Good Samaritan Medical Center, La Croix Sparkling Water, Inc., PNC
  • Patron Sponsors: Carpenter Contractors of America, Greenacres Christian Academy, Illustrated Properties Charities, Inc., The Law Offices of David Ben Israel, Inc., Linda Strutt Consulting, Inc., Palm Beach Outlets, Judi and Jay Richards, Seacoast Bank, Virginia and Perry Spencer

See photos from the event here!