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Area chefs to sweeten fundraiser

Dessert-themed event to raise funds for schools

LA SALLE, Ill. — Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI) will host a night of “sweet firsts” as local chefs are challenged to create desserts inspired by Girl Scout cookies.

Desserts First will feature sweet concoctions designed by chefs from the La Salle County area. In addition to the sampling of desserts, the night will feature dinner provided by MarkAllen’s American Kitchen, a prize wall, raffles and entertainment, all to benefit local schools in La Salle and Bureau counties that were recently affected by flooding.

“Girl Scouts of Central Illinois serves nearly 1,400 girls in LaSalle and Bureau Counties, so this disaster hits home for us,” GSCI CEO Pam Kovacevich said. “Fortunately, there is strength in numbers, and as an organization, we can come together and help our sisters who were displaced from their schools.

“Cookies are our calling card, so it seems appropriate to host a fundraiser event around this tradition, and we hope the community joins us for the event.”

The chefs will put their original desserts to the test in a friendly competition scored by local celebrity judges, including Judge Cynthia Raccuglia, ophthalmologist Dr. Libby Kristal, Judge Karen Eiten and radio host Tim “The Wizzard.”

Chefs from  MarkAllen’s American Kitchen, Cajun Connection, Skoog’s Steakhouse, Brandy’s, Kelsey’s Kakes, Tiers of Joy and Corner 230 will be creating the one-of-a-kind desserts.

The event, produced by Girl Scouts of Central Illinois in order to benefit recently-flooded communities, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Celebrations 150 in Utica, Ill.

Tickets are $30 per person and $15 for kids 16 and under (including Desserts First fun patch for attending Girl Scouts).

Sponsorships ranging from $100 to $2,500 are available.

For additional information, contact Samantha Greenburg at 309-662-5384 ext. 1106 or

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois serves 20,000 girls and 5,000 adult members annually in 38 counties throughout central Illinois. For more information, visit or call your local Girl Scout Service Center at 877-231-1446.

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