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Chris Rock's Girl Scout Cookie Sales At The Oscars Will Go To Inglewood Troop
Chris Rock had plenty of #OscarsSoWhite thoughts to share during his opening monologuelast night, but he also had plenty of cookies to share with everyone as well. During an endearing moment at last night's 88th Academy Awards, the host enlisted the help of a Girl Scout troop to sell the addictive cookies for cash to the deep-pocketed stars in attendance. And while Rock told everyone at the time that he was pulling the stunt to help his daughters' Girl Scout troop in New Jersey, the money will actually go to a troop in Inglewood, according to the L.A. Times.
The 10 young girls who ran through the aisles exchanging cookies for cash from the celebs—Christian Bale went for the thin mints, while Leo took home Trefoils—were members of the Inglewood troop. On stage Rock said the energetic group collected an impressive $65,243, much better than they would have likely done standing outside of a supermarket, but a Girl Scout rep tells TMZ that the actual amount sold was closer to $2,500. The larger amount was suggested as a joke for the skit, apparently, though it's still a pretty good haul. Today, Girl Scouts officials told the Times that the money will go to the local troop.
"The money is going to the Inglewood troop. We're working with the team on the final count," Kenya Yarbrough, director of marketing at Girl Scouts' Greater Los Angeles branch, told the Times. "They are very excited. They really learned to appreciate showbiz and they were super excited to meet Chris and other celebrities."
The Inglewood troop—which consists of 30 members—says the money they raised will go towards a painting class, school supplies, and a trip to an amusement park.
We're just hoping that Morgan Freeman and Michael Keaton paid for the cookies they grabbed last night:
Morgan Freeman and Michael Keaton weren't going home without some Girl Scout cookies. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/hl5lwXlE4A— WFAA (@wfaa) February 29, 2016
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story indicated that the amount collected was $65,243 as stated by Chris Rock, but according to reports from the Girl Scouts, the amount is around $2,500.
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