In honor of Super Bowl 49 happening in Arizona, local Girl Scouts attempted to set the Guinness World Record for Most Money Raised for a Charity through the Sale of Cookies in 24 Hours, by each girl selling 49 boxes within the timeframe.
The record attempt ended at 2:59p.m., January 31, but Girl Scouts had officially surpassed the minimum required by Guinness to set the record by 1pm.
Girl Scouts reported $355,024 in the official Wells Fargo bank account holding all Guinness purchase deposits as of 2:59p.m, January 31. That’s roughly 88,756 boxes accounted for in 24 hours. We needed to raise at least $75,000 and had set a stretch goal of $100,000. Here’s the play by play of account updates from earlier today:
- 11 a.m., $30,000
- 12 p.m., $42,000
- 1 p.m., $77,000
- 2 p.m., $123,000
So, unofficially, the Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus-Pine Council have attained the Guinness World Record, just in time for the big game in Arizona. The official verification process involves sending copies of all deposit slips along with pictures and written accounts of the Record Attempt to the official Guinness advisors handling the council’s submission, who are based in the U.K.
Six hundred troops, amounting to thousands of Girl Scouts took part in this attempt and covered their neighborhoods, Super Bowl Central, hospitality venues, and every single Fry’s Food Store in the state in order to achieve the sales needed for the record. It shows the true tenacity and entrepreneurialism of the girls in Arizona.
This is a fun way for girls to make history, but by participating, they are learning about setting and achieving very big goals – they are participating in the largest girl-led business in the world. Accomplishments like these will stick with them for a lifetime.
Girl Scout Cookies are available in Arizona until March 8.