Second Annual FORK IT OVER Fundraiser a Success for Camp Arnaz!

A big GSCCC thank you to everyone who supported us on Thursday, September 15th at the Fork It Over fundraiser at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks.

The venue was absolutely beautiful, and a big shout out to the Palm Garden Hotel and Brendan’s Irish Pub for hosting us this year!  The event was a huge success thanks to over 250 guests who supported Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and Camp Arnaz through our silent auction, limited opportunity drawings and the first ever “sit-upon matching gift challenge”. 

A few of you wondered – what is a sit-upon? 

It’s a Girl Scout tradition inspired from a 5-gallon paint bucket.  Girls pack their camping supplies in buckets and use them to sit-upon around the camp fire.  It also helps to reinforce only packing what they can carry and that “less is more”.  Outdoor experiences build confidence and self-reliance – critical life skills that are part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Help us spread the word as we “pass the virtual sit-upon” to raise money.

Support us with the sit-upon matching gift challenge for Camp Arnaz Picnic Tables, inspired by a GSCCC volunteer and donor.  Our generous donor will generously match $2,500 if we raise $2,500 for a total of $5,000 to replace damaged picnic tables at Camp Arnaz.  To donate please click here and select Camp Arnaz Program Center to help us reach our goal of $2,500 by the end of September. 

Chef Winners: After the “sit-upon challenge” we congratulated chef winners who created delicious culinary treats out of Girl Scout cookies.

     Diana Campos, Assisted Home Health and Hospice People’s Choice for Savory:  Winning Recipe: Citrus cranberry stuffed mushrooms made with Cranberry Citrus Crisps Girl Scout cookies.
      Alison & Kelly, The Sugar Lab– People’s Choice for Sweet: Winning Recipe: Mint      Toasted S’mores Bar made with Thin Mints.
·    Merley Greenidge, Celebrate Sweetly Gifting Company Judge’s Choice Savory: Lemon Crusted Chicken which utilized Lemonades Girl Scout Cookies.
·   Executive Chef Alex Montoya, The Cave at Ventura Wine Company – Judge’s Choice for   Sweet: Thin Mint Frozen Custard with a Shortbread Macaroon & Peanut Butter Whipped Cream – an entry that used 3 different types of Girl Scout cookies.
Thank you to our Panel of Judges!
They had a tough job!  Top L-R: Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) ’s Maria Ventura, Pacific Coast Business Times Publisher Linda LeBrock, Ventura County Star‘s Lisa McKinnon Bottom L-R: Thousand Oaks Chief of Police Tim Hagel, Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, Maureen Selvin, Palm Garden Hotel & Spa
THANK YOU to our generous 2016 Fork It Over sponsors:  Insperity, Oak Barrel & Bloom Co., The Palm Garden, Brendan’s Irish Pub, The Kearney Family, Borge Riis-Vestergaard, Conejo Awards, Assisted Home Health & Hospice, Logix Credit Union, CBC Federal Credit Union, Rotary Club of Thousans Oaks, Limoneira, Pathfinder Logistics, Saralux, Coast Hills Credit Union, Heritage Oaks Bank, Camarillo and Oxnard Children’s Dental Group, M2 Media, Trophy Nut, AVC the Audio Visual Co., Pacific Coast Business Times and Tenent Healthcare.  We could not deliver on our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place without your financial contributions.  Thank you!

And last but never least, a big thank you and much gratitude to all the silent auction donors, our volunteers, and the amazing committee members that made this event such a success!   
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