Melissa Connolly Named a Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s 100th Anniversary Gala Honoree
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Melissa Connolly Named a Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s 100th Anniversary Gala Honoree

Malverne, NY — Girl Scouts of Nassau County will be hosting its 100th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Garden City Hotel. The event will commemorate a century of providing programs and activities to help girls throughout Nassau County become the next generation of leaders. During the Gala, several individuals will be recognized for their leadership and commitment to Girl Scouts of Nassau County over the years, including Malverne’s Melissa Connolly of Hofstra University. Melissa will receive the Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Go-Getter Award.

“This is an incredibly exciting milestone in our council’s history—celebrating 100 years of being the top leadership organization for girls right here in Nassau County,” said Randell M. Bynum, CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “We look forward to commemorating this special occasion and taking the opportunity to recognize the individuals who have really impacted our organization over the years. Melissa is among that very exclusive group and truly exemplifies what it means to be a Go-Getter!”

Additional honorees at the Gala will include Gloria Baca of Boulevard Home Care, who will receive the Innovator Award; Cathy O’Reilly of DHL Express, who will receive the Risk Taker Award; and Anthony Edelman of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, who will receive the Leader Award.

Ms. Connolly is Hofstra University’s Vice President for University Relations and is responsible for Hofstra’s communications, marketing and public relations efforts. She chaired Hofstra’s 75th Anniversary committee, and helped lead the University’s hosting of the 2016, 2012, and 2008 presidential debates, and the 2010 New York State gubernatorial debate.

In 2009, Ms. Connolly was named PR Professional of the Year for an Academic Institution by PR News, a national publication for communications professionals. Ms. Connolly was named to Long Island Business News’ “50 Most Influential Women” Hall of Fame and “40 Rising Stars Under 40” in 2002 and has been recognized as one of the paper’s “Marketing Achievers.”

Her community service includes the Long Island Women’s Agenda (as a vice president and president), as a board member for the YMCA of Long Island and the Long Island Visitors and Convention Bureau, and as a member-at-large of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Nassau County, where she served as a co-chair for their annual awards luncheon. A long- time Girl Scout leader and school organizer, she was a co-founder and founding chair of the Girls Go the Distance Walkathon. She is the recipient of Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Honor Pin and Thanks Badge.

Prior to joining Hofstra, Ms. Connolly served as director of communications for New York State Senator Kemp Hannon and as a director of marketing for Farrell Fritz, P.C., one of Long Island’s largest law firms.

Ms. Connolly received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Hofstra University in 1989, where she was a member of Alpha Epsilon Rho, and an MFA with distinction in creative writing in 2017.

Individuals interested in supporting the event can purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities and journal ads by visiting  For additional information, please contact Luci Duckson-Bramble, Chief Fund Development Officer at or 516-741-2550 ext. 208.

We’re the Girl Scouts of Nassau County: We’re 23, 000 strong – 17,000 girls and 5,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™  from Nassau County to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout Troop, and every year since we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.  And with programs in Nassau County, across Long Island and throughout the United States and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.  

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