A quintet of New Milford women was among those honored recently as the Girl Scouts of Connecticut celebrated the organization's 100th birthday with a benefit dinner.

The 2012 Centennial Gala -- Woman of Merit recognized 100 women, men, and organizations that embody the best of Girl Scout values.

Among those feted Sept. 12 were Kaye Olson Collins, Kim Goetz Buser, Joyce Daly, Judilynn Ferlow and Inga Olson of New Milford.

The event was attended by more than 300 people.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, honorary spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut's 100th anniversary, congratulated the honorees.

"I'm truly honored by this recognition and to be a part of this esteemed group of accomplished girls, women, men, and organizations," Lt. Gov. Wyman said. "I am thankful to Girl Scouts of Connecticut for allowing me to be the honorary chairperson of the 100th Anniversary, and this event is a fitting tribute to the years spent building girls of courage, confidence, and character."

The gala featured five categories of honorees: distinguished alumnae, community champion, trailblazers, girls of promise and women of promise.

The area honorees recognized as distinguished alumni:

Kim Goetz Buser, a member of the volunteer team at Clatter Valley day camp, which helps girls discover themselves and the outdoors.

Kaye Olson Collins, a member of the New Milford service team for 22 years.

Joyce Daly, a Girl Scout for 24 years who still contributes her time to Clatter Valley day camp.

Judilynn Ferlow, a member of the volunteer team at Clatter Valley day camp, helping girls connect with nature.

Inga Olson, a leader of two Girl Scout troops who also runs the arts and crafts unit at Clatter Valley day camp.

"We were delighted to honor these 100 extraordinary people and organizations at the Centennial Gala," said Teresa C. Younger, president of Girl Scouts of Connecticut's Board of Directors. "This has been a special year for Girl Scouts of Connecticut, celebrating its 100th anniversary, and there's no better time to celebrate the achievements of many throughout the state who are the role models for and help build girls of courage, confidence, and character."

Net proceeds from the dinner will support enrichment, educational, recreational, and personal development programs to help girls in grades K - 12 bring out the best in themselves and their communities.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience offers girls the lifetime skills they need to discover their personal best, connect with others to build healthy relationships, and take action in their communities to make the world a better place.

The Centennial Gala/Women of Merit was supported by 100th anniversary Mission Sponsor Travelers; Title Sponsors Aetna, Inc. and Webster Bank; and Gold Sponsors Cablevision and ING.

For more information, visit www.gsofct.org.