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Girl Scouts of Connecticut hosts "A Conversation with Martha Hall Kelly"

Girl Scouts of Connecticut hosted its fundraising event on April 11 featuring NYT best-selling author Martha Hall Kelly

NEW HAVEN COUNTY, CONN. (April 12, 2018) – Girl Scouts of Connecticut hosted its annual “Conversation With” event at the New Haven Lawn Club on April 11 with hopes to raise funds to support Girl Scouting in New Haven County and statewide.  

The organization honored Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times best-selling author of Lilac Girls, her debut novel which fell on the bestseller list the week it was published in April 2016.

Lilac Girls is based on a true story of a New York Socialite and Connecticut resident, Caroline Ferriday. Martha learned about Caroline’s story when she visited the Bellamy-Ferriday House in Bethlehem, Connecticut. The house’s history is preserved by Connecticut Landmarks. Caroline championed a group of concentration camp survivors known as the “Ravensbrück Rabbits” and brought them to her home in Bethlehem for rehabilitation and a trip of a lifetime.

Nearly 200 guests attended the event to hear Martha’s story. Martha was interviewed by Diane Smith, Emmy award-winning TV and media personality. Martha said that she spent over 13 years researching and writing the novel. She wanted to put in as much time as possible in order to write a novel that Caroline would be proud of.

“It was an incredibly inspiring day and made me grateful Girl Scouts of Connecticut is working so hard to empower young women,” said Martha Hall Kelly.

All proceeds raised at the event went to support girls in Connecticut who want to be Girl Scouts.

“We were thrilled to honor Martha and learn more about the process of writing her incredible novel, especially the day before Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Lilac Girls is a story about a woman who embodied the Girl Scout Mission: courage, confidence, and character. We need more women like Caroline and Kasia, whose sacrifices made our world a better place.”


***Earlier this week, Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby and Martha Hall Kelly spoke to WTNH about the power of Girl Scouts, the novel, and Caroline's legacy.**