FARMINGDALE, NJ (April 15, 2021) – Nine community leaders from Monmouth and Ocean counties will be honored by Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore at an outdoor celebration on Wednesday, May 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale.

The annual Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala will bring the community together to recognize inspiring community role models and raise support to ensure that all girls can access Girl Scout leadership programs, regardless of ability to pay.

The gala will be among the first in-person philanthropic events on the Jersey Shore this spring. Guests will enjoy an alfresco cocktail reception, a program featuring stories of impact about the honorees, and a gourmet to-go dinner with dessert. In the event of rain or inclement weather, guests will be able to gather safely indoors.

The 2021 honorees are:

Women of Distinction

Bahiyyah Abdullah, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and Toms River Area NAACP

Nancy Barone, CentraState Healthcare System

Chrissy Buteas, New Jersey Business & Industry Association

Denice Gaffney, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus

Community Partner

            David Indursky, ENCON

Man Enough to be a Girl Scout  

Kenneth J. Malagiere, Ocean County College Foundation and Narcissus Florals

Unsung Hero Recognition

Jeryl Krautle, Monmouth County Health Department

Dan Regenye & Dr. Mukesh Roy, Ocean County Health Department

Individual gala tickets are $225. For information, tickets, sponsorship opportunities, auction donations or ads for the printed journal, visit, call (800) 785-2090 or e-mail

About Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore serves approximately 9,000 girls ages 5-18 in Monmouth and Ocean counties, providing a time-tested leadership experience that inspires and motivates them to take action for themselves and their communities. For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has helped girls become women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For information on how to join, volunteer, partner or donate, visit or call (800) 785-2090.