LAS VEGAS (March 30, 2022) – Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada announced the in-person return of “Dessert Before Dinner,” the organization’s annual fundraising gala. The event will take place on Friday, August 26 in the Encore Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas and will honor seven female leaders and their significant impact on the Southern Nevada community.
Now in its 13th year, Dessert Before Dinner returns in-person after transitioning to a virtual experience in 2021. Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada CEO Kimberly Trueba announced a change of venue for this year’s in-person event. Previously held at Caesars Palace for several years, the Encore Las Vegas will host Dessert Before Dinner for the first time in 2022.
“We are thrilled to partner with Wynn Resorts this year and welcome the community back to this important event,” Trueba said. “This is an evening dedicated to showcasing the accomplishments of remarkable women, so that young girls can start to see a vision of their own future.”
Seven women were selected as honorees for this year’s gala. Their vision, influence and example define what it means to be a Girl Scout – leading a life of courage, confidence, and character. At the gala, each honoree will be awarded a unique Girl Scout badge epitomizing their contributions to their profession and community.
In addition to the seven honorees, this unique gala features the creative work of six local female pastry chefs, who will create Girl Scout cookie-inspired desserts for guests to sample before the dinner and program begins. This year’s dessert will be inspired by the Girl Scouts’ most iconic cookie, the Thin Mint.
The annual fundraising event directly benefits local Girl Scouts who depend on financial aid to engage in outdoor experiences, STEAM activities, entrepreneurship opportunities, and life skills programs. Details on sponsorships and tickets at: http://bidpal.net/dbd2022
2022 Honorees and Honorary Girl Scout Badge
Ogonna Brown– Take Action badge
As Partner in Lewis Roca’s Litigation and Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice groups and former clerk on the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Ogonna is a well-rounded and practical-minded business lawyer. She takes pride in creatively and efficiently resolving complex litigation matters and understanding the nuances of each individual client she serves. In 2020, Ogonna was appointed to a four-year term on the Nevada Gaming Commission by Governor Sisolak.
Jeri Crawford– Catalyst for the Arts badge
As Chairman of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and serving on the organization’s board since 2005, Jerri has led the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 2008. During that time, she established the orchestra as resident company at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and expanded initiatives focused on youth enrichment and community engagement. Jeri currently serves as president of the Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra Trustees and board member of the Association of California Symphony Orchestra.
Debra Guedry – Visionary badge
As a Nevada Real Estate Broker and president of Landmark Commercial of Nevada, Debra has more than 40 years of professional experience in commercial leasing, sales and management. Debra also earned her BS Degree in Elementary Education. As an advocate for children, she has volunteered with Goodie Two Shoes, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Opportunity Village, and Las Vegas Homeless Teen Shelter, and co-founded the BE (Business + Education) Engaged Summit designed to forge partnerships between the business, education and non-profit communities.
Pat Mulroy – Agent of Change badge
Between 1989 and 2014, Pat served as General Manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District, and the General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Pat currently serves as a Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy and Practitioner in Residence for the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. Pat also owns Sustainable Strategies, a consulting firm with corporate and public sector clients. Pat serves on several boards, including Wynn resorts, Bowman Consulting and Ledger 8760.
Karla Perez – Trailblazer badge
As the Regional Vice President of Universal Health Services, Karla provides oversight to the operations of UHS hospitals throughout Nevada. Karla has worked in the Las Vegas community for over 38 years, beginning her career in 1983 as a medical record clerk at Valley Hospital. Through the years, she assumed a wide variety of duties including previous CEO roles at Desert Springs Hospital and Spring Valley Hospital. Karla serves on several boards, including Nevada State Bank, Metro Chamber and Nathan Adelson Hospice.
Dulcinea Rongavilla – Power of Community badge
As executive vice president of Cragin & Pike, Dulcinea was recently named the agency’s first female/Hispanic shareholder partner. Dulcinea has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership, business development and developing and managing employee benefits in Nevada and Arizona. From 2010 to 2013, Dulcinea served as the President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.
Stephanie Stallworth– STEAM badge
As Director of Public and Community Relations for Cox Communication’s cable system in Las Vegas, Nevada, Stephanie has a leadership role in developing and expanding the company’s social responsibilities through education, volunteer, conservation and diversity initiatives. Stephanie helped develop and launch Cox Charities, the company’s philanthropic outreach program, and led efforts that resulted in the company and its employees raising and distributing more than $2.5 million since 2007.