Written by:Jennifer Yepez
11/30/2011 9:07 AM 

Official Anniversary Presenting Sponsor AT&T Opened Centennial Celebration with Announcement of Major Gift

DALLAS – Nov. 22, 2011 – As Girl Scouts enters its 100thAnniversary year in 2012, coined as the “Year of the Girl,” the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) raised more than $350,000 at the annual Real Girls Real Women luncheon held on Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole.

The Real Girls Real Women luncheon was chaired by Locke, Lord & Bissell Partner Gina Betts, and featured speaker Venus Williams, tennis champion, as well as honored three Real Women and two Real Girls, including:
  • Caroline Rose Hunt, Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
  • Lynn McBee, Real Woman Award Recipient
  • Regina Montoya, Real Woman Award Recipient
  • Marisa Salatino, Real Girl Award Recipient
  • Andrea Noelle Emery, Real Girl Award Recipient

The Real Girls Real Women luncheon marks the first in a full and exciting list of events GSNETX and AT&T will be hosting to mark the centennial milestone. In fall 2012, the 100th Anniversary celebrations will conclude with a Centennial Girl Scout exhibit that will be featured at the Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State during the State Fair of Texas.

The Girl Scouts is pleased to announce AT&T as presenting sponsor for the 100th Anniversary Celebrations. Additionally, AT&T’s Global Marketing Officer and Girl Scouts of the USA board member, Cathy Coughlin will serve as the Honorary Chair for the 100th Anniversary.

"The Real Girls Real Women Luncheon was a huge success because of partners like AT&T and other valued sponsors who gave wholeheartedly to support the Gift of Girl Scouting, special programs in economically disadvantaged communities, and the advancement of the Hispanic Welcome Initiative and increased STEM programming," said Colleen Walker, CEO for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

"The Girl Scouts is a remarkable organization that has a strong track record of developing young women into future leaders," said Cathy Coughlin, AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President and Global Marketing Officer. "We at AT&T are proud to help launch the next 100 years of Girl Scouting in northeast Texas … which does so much to improve the lives of girls, celebrate diversity and strengthen our community."

Girl Scouts, volunteers and alumnae are encouraged to stay updated on 100th anniversary activities by visiting

For more information on how to become involved with Girl Scouts or to become a sponsor of the 100th anniversary activities, please visit

About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas:
Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves nearly 35,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit or

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