Shannon McNamara was named a "National Young Woman of Distinction" by Girl Scouts USA for demonstrating extraordinary leadership in founding SHARE. The National Young Women of Distinction honor is given by Girl Scouts of the USA to the top ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose Take Action projects demonstrated outstanding leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue. Shannon donated 100% of the award proceeds, $3000, to SHARE. Shannon was invited to speak at the National Girl Scout conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Shannon, one of ten honorees nationwide, received $3,000 at a ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri.
"Basking Ridge Girl Scout named 'Young Woman of Distinction,' The Star Ledger, March 19, 2010
"One of Our Own," Happenings from the Heart, January 29, 2010