LAWTON, Okla._Dozens of Girl Scout supporters put on their black tie attire to raise money for the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma.
The Juliette Low Leadership Society of Lawton hosted the event at the Hilton Garden Inn Saturday night. Just 3 years ago, the society started in Lawton as the fundraising branch for the Girl Scouts of the Lawton/Fort Sill area. This is the society's 2nd annual black tie event. Organizers hope this event will be a great support to all the scouts out there as they dream big and reach for the stars.
Guests decked out in their red carpet attire filled the hotel as they bid on silent auction items. Juliette Low Leadership Society chair Jennifer Ellis has been involved with Girl Scouts for the last five years.
"We want to raise a whole lot of money which is great and the things that we are able to do with that money are scholarships for camps and just encouraging programing in our area," said Ellis.
The guest celebrity chef who cooked the meal was Freida Nicole Davenport. She says the menu is a way to redeem herself with the same menu she used on the show “Chopped” in 2012.
"I did a blue prawn in the chili taffy, a pork chop that's been smoked, and then we did a blue berry crumble," said Davenport.
Davenport says the desert is made especially for the event with a Girl Scout cookie crust.
"Forty boxes, probably close to 300 shortbread cookies and I used probably a hundred and eighty Savannah Smile cookies, which is the lemon citrus cookie," said Davenport.
Davenport says she uses her cooking to encourage young people like the Girl Scouts to reach for the stars.
"Anytime, I get the opportunity in my life at this age to inspire young women to go for their dream and just to pursue what it is their hearts desire is. Don't give up!"
The Juliette Low Leadership Society of Lawton set a goal to raise more than $30,000. At the start of the dinner they had already raised $22,000.
Funds from the event will help to support the 14,000 girls and adults who are a part of the Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma.