Every March 8, countries around the world hold thousands of events in celebration of past, present and future achievements of women. This year, Girl Scouts of Utah is celebrating both International Women’s Day and the Girl Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary with an event following their 2012 theme: the Year of the Girl, focusing on closing gaps in education, leadership, health and wellness and encouraging girls to reach their full potentials.

The event raises funds for the Girl Scouts of Utah, with a special focus this year on their STEM program, which aims to introduce science, technology, engineering and math as a part of a girl scout’s everyday life.

“We have a common interest in seeing these girls become women,” says Erin Stone, event chairperson. “They are the future.”

International Women's Day

The International Women's Day event will be held at The Complex (536 W. 100 South, SLC, just west of The Gateway) on March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Silent auctions will be held, including items valued at $100 or more. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beverages and a signature Girl Scout dessert will be served. Click here for more event information and online registration.

Mary Nickles of KUTV 2 is this year's honored guest, and a local girl scout will give a speech on the importance of girl scouting.

Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 per table of ten. Options for table sponsors are also available. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, click here.

“It is a great opportunity to support a great cause and hear one of the girls speak about her experiences and the opportunities that Girl Scouts provides her,” Stone says. 

So, now you have a really great excuse to get fancied up in your cocktail attire and support the empowerment of women.