Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored Teresa C. Younger (center) at the 2013 Breakfast Badge Award on Friday, December 6. Approximately 250 friends and supporters of Girl Scouting attended the sold-out event at The Hartford Club, raising more than $50,000 to support Girl Scout leadership programs across the state.  

Younger, the Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, was recognized for her tireless efforts in advocating on behalf of women and girls in the state of Connecticut. FoxCT’s Sarah Cody presided over the morning as the event’s emcee and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman was on hand to present Younger with her specially created badge commemorating the morning.

Younger, a Shelton resident, spoke about the powerful impact of Girl Scouting, as she herself was a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient as a young adult.

“Girl Scouts helped me understand that you can make a difference in the world, no matter how big, or how small,” Younger said. “Girl Scouts made me into the person that I am today. But most importantly, Girl Scouts is about the women who role model for these girls. Girl Scouts was great for me when I was a girl, but as an adult, it’s been even better. We always refer to women as leaders, every step of the way. So I’m humbled and honored to receive this special recognition from an organization I hold dear to my heart and which has made a tremendous impact on my life.”