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Forever Green Festival

Despite the threat of rain, more than 1,200 girls and their families converged on Allstate Arena to take part in the first-ever Girl Scouts Forever Green Festival on June 5, 2010, by actively engaging in a wonderful array of eco-awareness displays and Girl Scout Journey activities.

The Festival served as the capstone event of a Girl Scouts Forever Green Community Action Project that actively engaged Girl Scouts, volunteers, and their family and friends to support the environment by collecting used batteries and cell phones for proper disposal and recycling, and was a standing room-only success. We collected more than 700 cell phones and more than 1,000 batteries. In addition to food, music, games, face painting and a crowd-pleasing appearance by the Radio Disney Road Crew, Girl Scout partner organizations like Motorola, the Field Museum, The Peggy Notebaert Museum, Lake Area United Way, and others were on-hand to share important information with our girls and families related to the environment. We were honored to kick off the special with remarks from Margaret Stender, President and CEO of the Chicago Sky and council board member, and Eileen Sweeney, Director of Motorola Giving and Philanthropic Relations.

Highlighting the festival were several Gold Award-earning displays from Girl Scouts leading the way as they take action to protect and preserve the environment. After the festival, we cheered loudly as the Chicago Sky players played a great game of basketball. At half-time, Lisa LoVallo, a Girl Scout volunteer for 14 years, received the Bank of America Woman of Inspiration Award, and our Girl Scout Gold Award recipients received another round of applause. Having a large and very vocal contingent of Girl Scouts in the seats proved a lucky charm for our corporate partner, as the Chicago Sky defeated the Tulsa Shock 95-70!