GEHA generously supports GSKSMO with proceeds from annual golf tournament
There are many companies and individuals who make awesome leadership opportunities possible for our Girl Scouts. We are appreciative of their generosity and commitment to girls! Today, we are honored to be a part of a special opportunity that involves 18 holes and some incredible men and women.
GEHA (Government Employees Health Association, Inc.), the second-largest national health plan and the second-largest national dental plan serving federal employees, federal retirees and their families has chosen GSKSMO as their 2016 golf tournament beneficiary. GEHA is the 6th largest private company in the Kansas City area with more than 1,300 employees and a strong commitment to its community.
For several years now, GEHA has held a golf tournament as a relationship-building opportunity with their vendors and way to raise funds for their selected charity. This year, GEHA generously chose Girl Scouts and what a great fit. GEHA’s CEO Julie Browne is an incredible role model for girls. She started with the organization 25 years ago as a market analyst before making her way through the ranks to CEO last April.
In addition to Browne, who is also a mom to a Girl Scout, GEHA has several Girl Scout volunteers and parents on staff. These staff members include GSKSMO Board Member Sherry Gibbs and Lead Senior Attorney and GS mom Belinda Thompson.
Belinda is mom to Girl Scout Daisy Carolina, a member of Troop 1992 in Lee’s Summit, MO, and also to two boys. She knows first-hand the power of Girl Scouts and how its leadership programming is benefiting her daughter.
“Girl Scouts is a great foundation. It gives my daughter an opportunity to try new things and grow her life skills,” Belinda said.
For the Thompson family, Girl Scouts is a family affair. Belinda knew that her daughter would be a Girl Scout after hearing all the great things from her sister-in-law Andrea who is a troop leader in Lee’s Summit.
Belinda is also a fantastic role model for her daughter and other girls. Before coming to GEHA this past February, she spent 12 years in private practice. Law firms traditionally don’t have a high number of female partners. Typically, three to four out of the 16 to 17 partners are female. There is also a great deal of turn –over among the female attorneys. Belinda has found a great home at GEHA and feels her voice is heard as their business continues to grow.
“I love that GEHA chose Girl Scouts this year with our golf tournament proceeds, and I look forward to the impact this gift will have on future opportunities for my daughter and other Girl Scouts,” Belinda said.
Golfers tee off for the GEHA Golf Tournament at noon. Some of our Girl Scouts will be onsite as golfers come off the course. Thank you to Troops 3090, 3114 and 3144 from Kansas City, MO and Jolly Patro from Olathe, KS. Jolly will share her Girl Scout story during the closing dinner. And during this dinner, we will be presented the check from the tournament.
Thank you to all of the incredible employees at GEHA for selecting GSKSMO and putting such hard work into today’s golf tournament! Watch our Facebook page later tonight for photos from the day and the big announcement.
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