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     Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Announce Real Girls to be Honored at
     Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Experience Exhibition Preview & Dinner
                                Under the Stars
    Perot Family Supports Girl Scouts with $50,000 Event Donation to Honor the Real Girls,
                          Real Women and Girl Scouts Anniversary

DALLAS – September 17, 2012 – In the 100th anniversary year, Girl Scouts of
Northeast Texas, the premier leadership organization for girls, will honor three amazing
Real Girls at the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Experience Exhibition Preview & Dinner
Under the Stars, Saturday, September 22, the weekend before the State Fair of Texas
opens to the public. Dinner attendees will preview the National Girl Scout Centennial
Exhibition, presented by AT&T and created and produced by Dallas-based Corporate
Magic for the State Fair of Texas to highlight the history and the future of Girl Scouts in
the U.S.

“I am amazed at the ambition, dedication and poise our Real Girl honorees have
demonstrated throughout their Girl Scout careers,” said Colleen Walker, CEO of Girl
Scouts of Northeast Texas. “Barrett, Sarah and Gabby have gone above and beyond to
achieve high-level success in Girl Scouting in addition to performing well in school and
excelling in extracurricular activities. It is such an honor to see that Girl Scouts is
absolutely helping girls achieve courage, confidence and character and ensuring all girls
have a bright future.”

All Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Experience Exhibition Preview & Dinner Under the
Stars Real Girl honorees have made a tremendous impact on their communities. They

        Barrett Cole is described as respectful, compassionate and possesses a strong
         sense of social justice. Barrett has been a top Girl Scouts cookie seller for 11
       consecutive years. She is on the GSNETX Girl’s Advisory Board, a Gold Award
       recipient and was chosen to represent the Girl Scouts USA at the Girl Scouts
       World Forum 2012. Barrett is the founder and board member of Chargers for
       Change, a school-wide service learning program. She also serves as the Student
       Council president at the Shelton School, is on the Alzheimer’s Foundation
       Association National Teen Board and is a 4H member.

      Gabrielle “Gabby” Gafford embodies the Girl Scout mission of displaying
       courage, confidence and character. She joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy, and has
       been a member for 12 years. In addition, Gabby is a four-year member of the
       GSNETX Girl’s Advisory Board and was elected its first president. As president,
       she lead the first service project, “Little Dresses for Africa,” wherein the Board
       exceeded its goal of making more than 100 dresses for girls in Africa. Gabby, a
       junior at Berkner high school, is a member of the National Honor Society and
       served as sophomore class treasurer. Gabby has earned her Girl Scout Bronze,
       Silver and Gold awards. She has also earned the Bronze and Silver President’s
       Volunteer Service Award.

      Sarah Felan is always there to lend a hand with a smile on her face. For her Girl
       Scout Gold Award, Sarah created an education program for the City of Prosper
       on the needs of disadvantaged citizens, trained volunteers and helped more than
       200 children in need purchase clothes through the Clothe a Child program. Sarah
       is also a varsity soccer player and has been named district honorable mention
       and second team. She is also a member of the National Honor Society at
       Prosper High School. Sarah is a Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award

The GSNETX will also honor three Centennial Women of Distinction: Sally Hoglund,
Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Peggy Sewell for the outstanding example of female leadership
they provide for all Girl Scouts.

Sponsors for the Preview & Dinner include (listed in order of donation value):
      Margot & Ross Perot
      Ericsson
       Mary Kay
      Sewell Automotive Companies
      Thompson & Knight
      Alcatel-Lucent
      FedEx Office
      Bell Helicopter
      Chase
      Trammell S. Crow
      Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP
      Suzy & Larry Gekiere in Honor of Hazle Snodgrass
      Golden Seeds
      GSNETX Board of Directors
      Haynes and Boone, LLP
      Sally and Forrest Hoglund
      La Quinta Inns & Suites
      Locke Lord LLP
      Northern Trust
      PlainsCapital Bank
      Southwest Airlines
      Marianne & Roger Staubach
      Texas Instruments
      Trinity Industries, Inc.
      Marilyn & Ben Weber
      Bank of Texas
      Jenny Birgé
      BNY Mellon Wealth Management
      Capital One Bank
      Carter Financial Management, Inc.
      Comerica Bank
      Dallas Women’s Foundation & Lesly Bosch Annen
      HCK2, Imprimis Group
      Matrice Ellis-Kirk
      Lynne Mabry & Valerie Freeman
      PriceWaterhouse Coopers
      Strasburger & Price, LLP

Sponsors for the exhibition include:
AT&T, Thirty-One Gifts, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, ExxonMobil Foundation,
Girl Scouts of the USA, Travelers, an anonymous gift in honor of Cathy Coughlin, Little
Brownie Bakers, and ABC Bakers.

“It is wonderful to see that our sponsors believe in the future and success of girls as
much as we do, and we are so grateful for them,” said Walker. “The Girl Scouts 100th
Anniversary has been a wonderful time to highlight the importance of securing a path for
all girls to develop critical leadership skills that will help them continue to provide a great
impact on our society.”

The GSNETX 100th Anniversary Chair is Cathy Coughlin, AT&T’s senior executive vice
president and global marketing officer, and the Dinner Chair is Lynn McBee.
For more information about purchasing a table at the preview event, please contact
Lindsay Cleland at or 972.349.2438 or visit

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas:
Girl Scouts is the premier 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
or donate to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas call (800) 442-2260 or visit

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