Girl Scout Cookie-Thon

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA and to support area troops, former scout Carla Gambescia is launching the first annual Girl Scout Gelato Cookie-Thon Benefit from Via Vanti! restaurant, located in the Mount Kisco train station building.  Ms Gambescia’s initiative introduces brand-new flavors of gelato and sorbetto specially created for the occasion; and it includes a unique program of “Sweet Rewards” incentives for individual Girl Scouts to encourage their own entrepreneurial spirit.  For a six week period, Via Vanti! will feature gelato flavors of its own creation, inspired by the classic Girl Scout cookies Thin Mint, Samoa, and Trefoil Shortbread, plus a special non-dairy sorbetto (sorbet) based on the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary Savannah Smiles cookie.  Between Saturday, April 21 and the end of May, the restaurant will donate to Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson one dollar for every hand-packed pint it sells of any of these four flavors.  A simultaneous “Sweet Rewards” program entitles any Girl Scout selling eighty or more boxes of cookies to a complimentary pint of gelato.  The Girl Scout, in five communities surrounding the Mt. Kisco area, who sells the highest number of boxes overall will earn both “a year of gelato” for herself (a pint a month for twelve months) and a celebratory pizza and gelato party at Via Vanti! for her entire troop.  Says Octavia Ford, Director of Program for Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson which serves girls, adults and troops in seven counties, “The Girl Scouts have endured for a century because their core values of courage, confidence and character continue to be relevant, indeed essential. What Via Vanti! has initiated here is just wonderful, and Carla herself could serve as a role model for any of our girls.”  Visit Via Vanti! at