Girl Scouts To Honor Five Outstanding Women, Including Michelle McGovern Of Wellington

Wellington resident Michelle Oyola McGovern will be honored with the Go-Getter Award.

The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida will honor five women who live and/or work in Palm Beach County at the seventh annual Emerald Awards on April 18. These women have exemplified strong leadership qualities in their respective fields and serve as significant role models for young women in our community.

The four women who will be honored for embodying the characteristics of today’s GIRL (go-getter, innovator, risk taker and leader) are: Michelle Oyola McGovern, director of government and community relations at Baptist Health South Florida (Go-Getter Award); Chef Lindsay Autry, chef and partner of the Regional Kitchen & Public House (Innovator Award); Sarah A. Alsofrom, director of community relations at GL Homes (Risk Taker Award); and Lt. Patricia R. Brown of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (Leader Award).

In addition, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida will honor Meredith Trim, an advocate for education and charitable activism here in Palm Beach County, with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. Trim is the president of Ventus Charitable Foundation and a board member with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County who created Red Apple Supplies, the free resource store for public school teachers in Palm Beach County. She embodies the spirit of giving in all aspects of her personal and professional life and strives to leave a legacy of philanthropy for future generations.

The Emerald Awards honorary event chairs include Geri Emmett, Suzi Goldsmith, Donna Mulholland, Lois Pope and Pamela M. Rauch. The event committee chair is Virginia Spencer, and joining her on the host committee are Sally Byrd, Susan D. del Portal, Carol Dubinsky, Sarah Emmett, Terry Gearing, Lynn Kirker, Anne LoGiudice, Amber O’Sullivan, Jennifer Rocha-Donley, MaryAnn Stetson, Ofelia Utset, Michele Vogel and Marsha Wolf.

The award recipients will be honored at the Emerald Awards celebration on Saturday, April 18 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach. Tickets are $295. For reservations and information, contact Danielle Crouch at or (561) 815-1808.

The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is committed to meeting the needs of today’s girls by providing the Girl Scout leadership experience that will help her develop skills and create a strong foundation for future success. The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida serves nearly 10,000 girls in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. For more info., call (561) 427-0177 or visit