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Featured Chefs to Elevate the Thin Mint to New Heights at “Dessert Before Dinner” at Wynn Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (July 6, 2022) – Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada announced the selection of six local female pastry chefs to participate in the in-person return of “Dessert Before Dinner,” the premier fundraising event benefitting the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. The event will take place on Friday, August 26 in the Encore Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. Fox 5 Vegas personality Nkiruka Azuka will be this year’s emcee, accompanied by the popular auctioneer Christian Kolberg.

Now in its 13th year, “Dessert Before Dinner” brings area chefs together to create unique bite-sized desserts featuring an iconic Girl Scout cookie as its primary ingredient. This year’s cookie selection is a nostalgic crowd favorite – the Thin Mint.

“Dessert Before Dinner is such a unique and memorable experience for guests as well as the chefs who participate,” Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada CEO Kimberly Trueba said. “The chefs love the ‘competition’ part of the event because we announce whose dessert was the biggest crowd-pleaser during the program. Of course, the guests love sampling extraordinary desserts before dinner is served.”

This year’s featured chefs are: Andrea Mineshima from Blau and Associates, Andrea McLean of Pop N Pies, Keris Kuwana of LEV Group, Brenda Browne from Boyd Gaming, and Yerin Son representing Wynn Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment will also have a featured chef in this year’s dessert competition.

In addition to the chefs, 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.

 The annual fundraising event directly benefits local Girl Scouts and their leadership experiences through engagement in outdoor experiences, STEAM activities, entrepreneurship opportunities, and life skills programs. Limited sponsorships and tickets are available at:

2022 Honorees and Honorary Girl Scout Badge

Ogonna Brown, Lewis Roca – Take Action badge

Jeri Crawford, Las Vegas Philharmonic – Catalyst for the Arts badge

Debra Guedry, Landmark Commercial of Nevada – Visionary badge

Pat Mulroy, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law – Agent of Change badge

Karla Perez, The Valley Health Systems – Trailblazer badge

Dulcinea Rongavilla, Cragin and Pike – Power of Community badge

Stephanie Stallworth, Cox Communications – STEAM badge

About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada

Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEAM Education, Outdoor Experiences, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship. GSSNV serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border). For more information visit: and follow @GirlScoutsNV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.