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Gulf Coast Village, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, is hosting a Sugar and Spice, Bring Something Nice dress collection party on July 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit PACE Center for Girls, Lee County’s Love That Dress! event. The party will feature a silent auction, live entertainment, 50/50 raffle, fondue and cocktails. Admission to the event is granted through a $10 donation or the contribution of new or “gently loved” dresses, shoes or accessories. Register for the event by calling 239-573-4455 or emailing dottiet@gulfcoastvillage.org.

“We are excited to support PACE Center for Girls, Lee County and the Love That Dress! event,” said Kevin Ahmadi, executive director of Gulf Coast Village. “This fun night will allow our community to come together to support the young women in Lee County and we are so thankful for this opportunity.”

All of the donations to PACE Center for Girls, Lee County will be resold for nominal prices at this year’s Love That Dress! event on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Embassy Suites in Estero, located at 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive.  For more information on the cause and main event, visit www.LoveThatDress.org.

In the months leading up to the event, members of the Southwest Florida community are asked to donate new and “gently loved” dresses and accessories at collection parties and convenient drop-off locations across the county. Collection parties hosted by generous local businesses and organizations are a way to connect with community members and sample the local fare, all while collecting inventory, raising funds and generating awareness for the main event.

During the main event, attendees will enjoy the huge inventory with friends, a silent auction full of unique packages, and cocktails. Suite and VIP ticket holders are granted access to early shopping, private dressing rooms, clothing holds, express check-out service, complimentary adult beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a private selection of decadent chocolates. VIP Suites are now available for purchase.  Tickets for the main event will go on sale August 1. Visit www.LoveThatDress.org for more information.

All proceeds from Love That Dress! will benefit PACE Center for Girls, Lee County. PACE is a non-residential program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration, truancy and declining grades. The Florida-based, nonprofit organization is the only statewide prevention program for adolescent at-risk girls in the nation. In 2014, the Lee County program provided 116 girls with education, counseling, training and advocacy, resulting in 94 percent of girls in the program having no involvement with juvenile justice within six months of leaving PACE, 88 percent improving their academic performance and 80 percent remaining in school or obtaining employment three years after leaving PACE. As a result, PACE reduces the significant long-term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance use, unemployment and long-term economic dependency. For more information, visit www.PaceCenter.org.

Founded more than 25 years ago, Gulf Coast Village is the premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Cape Coral, Florida. Residents enjoy active independent living in an unparalleled lifestyle of comfort and convenience with a rich array of services and amenities that are focused on living well. The community also offers the security of knowing there is the full continuum of care when needed including:  assisted living, skilled nursing, specialized memory support, home health and outpatient services. Gulf Coast Village is located at 1333 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information call 239-772-1333 or visit www.GulfCoastVillage.com.