Friday, August 19, 2016

Brick Dedication at A Place for Girls

Nearly 30 guests gathered at A Place for Girls, the regional Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast program center and headquarters, on August 18 to dedicate a plot of commemorative bricks purchased by donors in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the building. The Buy a Brick campaign was launched in April, and nearly 60 thoughtful donors purchased bricks. Many of the bricks were purchased to honor volunteers, girl members and alumnae.

Kay Byrd, a volunteer from Ahoskie, was surprised with a brick of honor. When her daughter Melanie heard about the Buy a Brick campaign, she contacted her fellow troop members from years ago, and they purchased a brick in Kay's honor. Kay's daughters Melanie and Jennifer, along with six girls from Troop 1702, the troop Kay currently leads, told Kay to dress in her Girl Scout uniform and picked her up for a surprise trip to A Place for Girls for the brick dedication ceremony on Thursday.
The members of Girl Scout Troop 615 from Virginia Beach pooled their money to purchase a brick for their troop leader, Beth Goldblatt. The troop members, who are all in high school, told their leader that they purchased a brick for her at their bridging ceremony. They waited until the dedication ceremony to reveal the brick message, commemorating her as the "Best Troop Leader Ever."
Avery Berge, a member of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast board of directors, commemorated her family's Girl Scout history on a brick. She had the names of her grandmothers and great aunt, all three of whom were Girl Scouts, printed on a brick. Avery said that all three women were very influential on her upbringing and she thought that a brick in their honor would be a special way to recognize their impact on her.

The dedication ceremony was followed by a reception and social with the Council's Board of Directors.

If you were not able to purchase a brick for someone special this year, you'll have another chance next year. The Buy a Brick initiative will be an annual effort!

View a list of the 2016 brick donors here.