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Cookie Bake Off in Saginaw

SAGINAW – Chances are you’ve been able to identify your favorite Girl Scout cookies by taste alone.
Chefs in the Saginaw area are about to challenge your taste buds with some sweet desserts which will contain Girl Scout cookies as the main ingredient without any resemblance to a cookie. Their culinary prowess will be showcased at the Girl Scout Cookie Bake-off Benefit from 6-8 p.m. on November 15 at the Horizon’s Conference Center at 6200 State Street.
Tickets for the event are $45 per person or $325 for a table of (8). All proceeds will be used to fund Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Outreach programs in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
GSHOM’s outreach efforts are an option for girls who are unable to participate in a traditional troop due to a lack of adult volunteers to lead a troop or their own time challenges. Lisa Ingram, Saginaw Outreach and Membership Specialist, said she offers girls opportunities to participate in activities such as camping at Camp Linden and trips to some of GSHOM’s 100th Anniversary Fab Five events.
“This year I will be providing scholarships so girls can go to individual camps,” Ingram said. “I want them to stay involved with Girl Scouting.”
“This is a sweet way to make sure every girl who wants to be involved in Girl Scouting has that opportunity regardless of their economic circumstances,” said Jordan Ritchie, Fund Development Team Leader and Regional Manager of GSHOM’s Saginaw office. “We have a goal to raise $30,000, and we’re confident the community will step up.”
The price of admission includes unlimited access to the one-of-a-kind desserts and appetizers, and a cash bar. Attendees also will be able to participate in a silent and live auction to win items such as a signed photo of Detroit Tigers player Ramon Santiago, a handmade Girl Scout quilt done as a Silver award project and passes to Soaring Eagle Water Park.
In addition to enjoying sweet treats and a lively auction, attendees will be asked to vote for their favorite desserts created by independent Chefs Lacey Smith and Stephanie Furlo and chefs from Old City Hall; MidMichigan Health; Shari’s at the Willard Hilton; Saginaw Valley State University; Macy’s and Horizons Conference Center.
A panel of celebrity judges including Renee Johnston, Executive Director of the Saginaw Community Foundation; Cherrie Benchley, Executive Director of United Way of Saginaw County; Leslie Orozco, Community Relations for Dow Corning/HSC; Lisa Kusey-Rechsteiner, Manager Graff Chevrolet, Inc. and Brittany Noble, anchorwoman at Channel 25, will make their top choices and awards will be presented to the winning chefs.
The evening’s festivities will be emceed by Jared Sandler, with Loons/ESPN Radio.
Sponsors of the event include:; Dow Corning; Graff Chevrolet; Michigan Sugar; Stevens Worldwide Van Lines; Chemical Bank; Bay City Times-MLive; MidMichigan Health; SC Johnson; GM Powertrain; Andrews Hooper & Pavlik; Horizon’s Conference Center; Morley Companies.
Ritchie said the Bake-off is a great way to support the Girl Scouts efforts to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
For more information about the Bake-off or to purchase tickets visit the GSHOM website at gshom.org or contact the Saginaw office at (989) 399-7231. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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