On May 12, Jessie Knight, chairman and chief executive officer for SDG&E; San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders; Brigadier General Daniel D. Yu, Commanding General of the Marine Recruit Depot & Western Recruiting Region; Rear Admiral Patrick McGrath, Deputy Commander, Strike Force Training Group; and more than 3,100 Girl Scouts gathered aboard the USS Midway Museum for the 11th Annual Operation Thin Mint® Sendoff to celebrate sending the 2,000,000th box of Girl Scout cookies to deployed military troops.
SDG&E was a proud sponsor of this year’s Operation Thin Mint®, and SDG&E’s own Jessie Knight was honored with the opportunity to purchase the 2,000,000th box of Thin Mints on behalf of SDG&E for our troops who are fighting for freedom in Afghanistan.
“Operation Thin Mint® is one of those invaluable programs that helps lift the spirits of our brave men and women serving in the military overseas, providing a heartwarming reminder of the love and support they have here in San Diego County,” said Jessie Knight. “SDG&E is touched by the efforts of the Girl Scouts and is proud that our company can provide ongoing support for the nation’s interest.”
Last month, SDG&E employees were given the opportunity to submit a story about how the Girl Scouts organization may have touched their lives in some way. All submissions had a chance to win a VIP spot at the Operation Thin Mint® celebration in partnership alongside Jessie Knight.
After reviewing dozens of entries, two winners were selected. Congratulations to: Jaime Rodriguez, Sempra Energy HR Coordinator and Jesus Ontiveros, SDG&E Field Instructor
“It was a great honor to be part of this great event. I thank Girl Scout for sending 2 million cookie boxes to our troops overseas,” said Jaime Rodriguez. “I feel very proud of being part of two great organizations such as Girl Scouts and Sempra Energy.” -Jaime Rodriguez
“It was inspiring to hear the stories of how our soldiers overseas looked forward to the feeling of being home when they received the Girl Scout cookies sent from the U.S.,” said Jesus Ontiveros. “Our Girl Scouts do a tremendous amount of work in making this happen. I truly appreciate their support and dedication.” -Jesus Ontiveros
The event was enjoyed by thousands of cheering San Diegans and families aboard the USS Midway, as they enjoyed, live music, viewing various aerial above the Midway, patriotic tributes to our military, and photo opportunities with the Girl Scouts' top cookie sellers, as they arrived by Coast Guard helicopter.