FARMINGDALE, NJ (March 12, 2020) – In response to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore announced today that it is postponing all large gatherings, including the annual Women of Distinction & Community Partners Gala that was scheduled on Friday, March 20.

The council, which serves more than 10,000 girls in Monmouth and Ocean counties, will postpone all large events through March 31, said Chief Executive Officer Eileen Higgins.

The decision follows public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the NJ Department of Health, county health authorities, as well as input from local school districts, partners, Girl Scout families, volunteers, staff and supporters, she said.

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 “The Girl Scout motto is ‘be prepared,’” Higgins said, “and we are working hard to ensure that our decisions and guidance reflect Girl Scouts’ commitment to prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community.”

The gala has been rescheduled to July 30 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. For information on this and other rescheduled events, visit the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s website at

“On behalf of the Girl Scout movement, I’d like to thank the Girl Scout community for being part of our collective action to prevent the spread of coronavirus. We will continue to update members and friends through e-mail, social media and on our website,” Higgins said.  

About Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore serves more than 10,000 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 107 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.