By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald
These desserts will do a lot more than just taste good.
On Saturday, local Girl Scouts and their families gathered in the Center Court of Penn Central Mall for the annual dessert auction.
Brandi Allen, manager for Oskaloosa’s Girl Scout Cookie and other product sales, said there are 118 Girl Scouts in Oskaloosa alone. These girls will directly benefit from the proceeds gathered at Saturday’s dessert auction, which is now in its third year, she said.
The funds go toward things like expenses for Girl Scout summer camps, noted Allen. The proceeds from Saturday’s auction, which included a 97-inch by 97-inch quilt, will be evenly divided among local Girl Scouts.
The quilt was hand-made by local Girl Scouts, Allen said.
“Each girl designed a square and it was quilted together by Heather Sage, one of our leaders here in town,” said Allen.
Last year, a little over $2,500 was raised at the dessert auction, said Allen. That translated to $136 per girl for summer camp. This is especially helpful given the state of the economy, Allen said.
“So, we decided to do the cake auction to help families offset that cost to camp so they don’t have to come up with the full amount,” Allen said.
The entries themselves included numerous categories of dessert. Allen noted that the making of the desserts by the girls acts as a way for them to bond with one another and their families.
“They’re awesome,” said Allen. “The biggest thing is to see what the girls have done - the creativity, the hard work that they’ve put into it.”
Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.