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Girl Scouts of Nassau County's 100th Anniversary Gala


Garden City, NY September 17, 2012 – Join the Girl Scouts of Nassau County as they host their 100th Anniversary Gala in celebration of Girl Scouting’s 100th birthday! Come support an organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place on Thursday, November 1st from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY.

At the Gala the Girl Scouts of Nassau County will honor Deborah Schiff of the North Shore LIJ Health System with the “Courage Award,” Long Island Children’s Museum with the “Confidence Award,” and Dr. George Santiago, Jr. of Briarcliffe College with the “Character Award.”

“We are excited to recognize some outstanding honorees this year for all the work they have done for our organization and the Long Island community,” said DonnaCeravolo, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, Inc. “These honorees are positive leaders and role models for our girls and we can’t thank them enough for their constant support.”

Deborah Schiff is the Vice President for Strategy and Business Development for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. In this role, she is responsible for building the health systems ambulatory network through physician alignment and ambulatory site development. With more than 25 years of experience developing and implementing strategies that focus on service line growth and development, she has spent the last several years focused on building a network of providers and facilities to ensure the provision of ambulatory care to the more than seven million people in the health systems coverage. She is also involved in the community serving on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, and Carol’s Cause. Ms. Schiff currently resides inDix Hillswith her husband, Dr. Russell Schiff, a Pediatric Cardiologist with the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

The Long Island Children’s Museum started as a dinner conversation in 1989 between a group of Long Island educators, artist andbusiness people.They wanted to create an exciting place that would stimulate a child’s natural curiosity, build their confidence and educate them through exploration and play. After two decades, the Long Island Children’s Museum has become the most visited museum on Long Island hosting more than 250,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s theater performances and workshops inspire families to cross boundaries of their neighborhoods and share experiences with people from different backgrounds. The Museum fulfills its commitment to the community through its over arching outreach initiative,Good to Go: Ready for School, Ready for Learning, Ready for Life, which provides educational enrichment programs for low income families and high school districts and parenting workshops to Long Island’s most fragile families. Overall, the Long Island Children’s Museum is a space where all children and families can nurture a sense of discovery and excitement about the world around them and develop a love of learning that lasts throughout their lifetime.

Dr. George Santiago, Jr. currently serves as the President of Briarcliffe College, a position unanimously appointed to him by the Board of Trustees on February 22, 2006. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Dean of Students at Rutgers College, Assistant Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University, Executive Associate Director for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and most recently, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Briarcliffe College. Dr. Santiago, Jr. received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers College of Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, where he majored in Geography and Spanish. He later enrolled in the Educational Administration program at The Pennsylvania State University and received his M.E.d and Ph.D. Dr. Santiago, Jr. serves on several Boards including Association of Propriety Colleges, Briarcliffe College Board of Trustees, Fair Media Council, Huntington Chamber of Commerce and many more.

Also this year, Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, will be a special guest at the celebration! In addition, one of the 121 girls who received the Girl Scout Gold Award this year willspeak to attendees about how the Girl Scouts of Nassau County positively affected her life. Attendees of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s 100th Anniversary Gala will have the opportunity to win an assortment of exciting prizes.

Ms. Ceravolo adds, “Our 100th Anniversary Gala is sure to bring community and business leaders together to honor and celebrate those that have paved the way for future generations of women leaders. We look forward to what the future holds for Girl Scouting.”

For more information about the 100th Anniversary Gala and how you can attend, sponsor or purchase a journal ad for the event, please contact Sherry McGrath at 516-741-2550 ext 240 or visit

Girl Scouts of Nassau County builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouting in Nassau County creates an accepting and nurturing environment, which gives girls a chance to build character and develops leadership skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. With almost 21,000 girl and 7,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Nassau County has become the preeminent organization and leading authority for girls. The organization, now in its 100th year, continues to make the world a better place one girl at a time.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County call Donna Rivera Downey 516 741-2550 at ext. 260, or visit


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