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Girl Scouts Of Greater New York Mean More Than Just Cookies

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, Sandra Lee and Trish McEvoy talk about their work with Girl Scouts of Greater New York.

2012 marked Girl Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary, and this year The Girl Scouts of Greater New York are celebrating their centennial.

The Girl Scouts of Greater New York is New York City’s largest girls-only youth and leadership development organization. 26,500 girls representing almost every zip code participate in their programs - learning to lead with courage, confidence, and character to make their communities and the world a better place. And over 9,000 volunteers help them along their journey. They believe, “when girls succeed, so does society.”

Asha A. Wills, currently an Ambassador Girl Scout and 2012 Future Woman of Distinction of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York sums it up best, “To me, Girl Scouting means empowerment. Particularly throughout my high school career, being a Girl Scout has given me the confidence to make a meaningful, sustainable impact in my community through my Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. More importantly, it has enabled me to inspire my peers in my local, church and school communities to take more of a proactive, involved role in positively impacting the lives of others through community service.”

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Interview Conducted Via Email By: Giacinta Pace

Kelly Marsh

Sandra Lee and Michelle Lee with local Girl Scouts at their 100th Anniversary Gala.

Sandra Lee Interview

Sandra Lee (born Sandra Lee Christiansen) is an American television cook and author. She is known for her "Semi-Homemade" cooking concept, which Lee describes as using 70 percent pre-packaged products and 30 percent fresh items.


Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee premiered on the Food Network in 2003 and her second series, Sandra's Money Saving Meals, began airing in 2009. Over the years, she has released 25 books, including Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade: Cool Kids Cooking and a memoir, Made From Scratch.


Q: What is your charity and how are you involved?

Sandra: The Girl Scouts of Greater New York! In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Girl Scouts from across New York City stepped up to help their neighbors and neighborhoods recover. That's when I got involved. More recently, I was with Girl Scouts from Brooklyn when they helped clean up Prospect Park as part of a 100 year commitment to the park.


Q:  What is the nicest thing someone has done for you?

Sandra: I grew up without any contacts, silver spoon or social place. I've been very fortunate to have many, many women lift me above their shoulders by opening doors that would have otherwise been shut, make introductions that would have been impossible for me on my own. Their generosity, kindness and insulation were an enormous gift and one I try to pay forward daily.


Q: What is the charity act that has been the most satisfying for you?

Sandra: Giving back. The Girl Scouts teaches girls not only about leadership and self-esteem, both worthy endeavors on their own, but the organization also teaches girls and gives them opportunities to make the world a better place.


Trish McEvoy Interview

Kelly Marsh

Trish McEvoy, third from left, with Girl Scouts of Greater New York representatives.


Makeup artist and entrepreneur Trish McEvoy was born into beauty through her grandmother’s Berlin perfumery. She founded Trish McEvoy Beauty when she was only twenty-five years old, and turned it into a multi-million dollar company by the age of thirty.


Trish has been the artist of choice for many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, from Angelina Jolie to Dame Judi Dench. Her collection of skincare, cosmetics, makeup brushes, fragrance, and organizational accessories can be found in more than 200 luxury department stores and boutiques throughout the United States, the UK, and Ireland.


Q:  What is your charity and how are you involved?

Trish: Girl Scouts! I'm on the board and also spend a lot of personal girl time with the troops. Several times a year I visit Twin Parks Middle School in the Bronx, which is part of Girl Scouts’ Career Exploration Program, specifically designed to serve under-privileged schools. They are not traditional troop members but participate in a weekly class with a Girl Scouts employee on Girl Scouts values. In my visits we often read and discuss excerpts from Maria Shriver’s book JUST WHO WILL YOU BE? Among other books I feel will inspire the girls. I ask the girls about the sort of person they want to be when they grow up, we discuss their dreams and I give them a chance to participate whether it is sing, dance or tell a story. I love being with the Girl Scouts and watching them grow. Moving forward I am also going to get more involved with the troop leaders—the influencers from within the organization.


Q: What is the nicest thing someone has done for you?

Trish: It's actually the "little" things, the daily acts of kindness that mean the most to me. When busy people make a personal sacrifice of time or effort to come through for me or one of our team members, oftentimes without even having to be asked, it means the world to me. My company is independently owned and we all wear a lot of hats. My favorite three words are, "Consider it done!"


Q: What is the charity act that has been the most satisfying for you?

Trish: In addition to Girl Scouts, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has become incredibly important to me since my husband became diagnosed with Parkinson's. I'm also very proud of my company's involvement in Citymeals-on-Wheels. For two years now we have participated weekly in their meal delivery program to home-bound elderly New Yorkers, and I go along when I can. It is a privilege to spend time with people whose lives and memories are longer than our own, and nothing pains me more than to think of anyone being overlooked after living a life of dignity.