Shawn Johnson Comes to Cedar Valley

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Gold Medal Olympian Speaking to Benefit the Girl Scouts

Shawn Johnson

Girls deserve to have role models that they can look up to and become inspired and Shawn is a perfect example to help them realize their potential.

Shawn Johnson, the Des Moines, IA native who stole the hearts of Iowans during the 2008 Summer Olympics, will speak at University of Northern Iowa’s McLeod Center, Thursday March 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois are hosting this fundraising event open to all Girl Scouts and the general public.

Ms. Johnson will talk about the Six Pillars of Character taught in schools and the Girl Scout mission of Courage, Confidence and Character and then she will take questions from the audience. “We are extremely honored and excited to bring Shawn Johnson to the Cedar Valley on behalf of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois,” stated Joanne Wzontek, Vice President. “Girls deserve to have role models that they can look up to and become inspired and Shawn is a perfect example to help them realize their potential. We’re happy to partner with many organizations, like the University of Northern Iowa, to make this opportunity possible for the entire Cedar Valley.”

Prior to her talk, an open-house of vendors with activities and booths will be available. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for activities, booths and food concessions.

Girl Scouts and their leaders can purchase tickets before the general public by calling or going to the Waterloo Area Service Center; (319) 232-6601. The office, located at 2530 University Ave., Ste. 1. Tickets will go on sale to the general public February 1, 2010 at the University of Northern Iowa’s McLeod Center. General Public tickets can be purchased by calling the McLeod Center at (319) 273-4TIX or at http://www.unitix.uni.edu.

Sponsors of the event include the University of Northern Iowa, KWWL, the Radio Group, Courier Communications, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Hawkeye Community College, Simpson Furniture, Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau, the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Cedar Valley Sports & Entertainment Commission.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois serves 20,000 girls in 38 counties in
Iowa and Illinois. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the
world a better place. Did you know that one in every six girls is a Girl Scout?

Contact:
Joanne H. Wzontek
Regional Vice President
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois
(319) 232-6601 / (319) 504-6447 (cell)
JoanneW(at)GSEIWI(dot)org

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