Girl Scout Alumnae Use Cookie Pairing Event to Give Back

September 30, 2016

Cookies and beer, oh my! While some may think this a strange pairing, it was one that many found unique and downright tasty at a pairing event held at The Virginia Beer Company in Williamsburg on September 15. The pairing was one of two held this fall hosted by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast' (GSCCC) Alumnae Association and sponsored by TowneBank - a cookie and beer pairing at The Virginia Beer Company in Williamsburg and a cookie a wine pairing at the Mermaid Winery in Norfolk.

"We're very fortunate to have an active alumnae group that gives their time and resources to raise support for the girls we serve," GSCCC CEO Tracy Keller said. "With their help, as well as their mentorship, we're able to open doors to girls in many areas such as financial literacy, science, technology, engineering and math.
Events like these pairings raise funds and help us connect with other adults in the community who may have been Girl Scouts or who have a real interest in supporting our mission."

Richard Overy, from Compass Wealth Strategies in Williamsburg who supported the brew pairing as a sponsor, said he was fondest of the Thin Mint and I Pray You Remember Imperial Porter pairing.

"It was a fantastic pairing event and they did a great job aligning the cookie flavors," Overy said. "This was a great opportunity for Girl Scouts here in Williamsburg to engage with our community and we were proud to be a partner to this event."

While Overy's favorite may have been the Thin Mint duo, many of the guests liked the winning combination of coffee and chocolate evident in the strong flavor of Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout paired with the peanut and chocolate of the Girl Scout Tagalong Cookie. No matter what the cookie and brew, the lineup offered was delicious and included everyone's favorite Girl Scout Cookies: Samoa, Tagalong, Thin Mint and Trefoil. Another Girl Scout cookie was used by the Creekside Catering Company that was on hand with their food trucks to offer pork BBQ sandwiches and an amazing truffle made with the Girl Scout Savannah Smile Cookie.

Proceeds from the pairing events will go towards helping more girls in the community become Girl Scouts through membership outreach efforts. Those interested in trying a Girl Scout pairing of their own will have to wait. The annual Girl Scout Cookie Program starts with door-to-door sales starting in January with booth sales following in February, but there will be plenty of other opportunities to connect with Girl Scouts in the meantime. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Alumnae Association will be hosting a fashion show on November 16 at A Place for Girls, the council's headquarters and program center in Chesapeake. Vintage uniforms will be modeled and an archive exhibit open for view. You can learn more about the fashion show and how to become involved as a Girl Scout alumnae or supporter by visiting or calling 800-77SCOUT.

Marcella Germanotta, Communications and Marketing Director

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