Pace Center for Girls, Lee’s popular fundraising event, Love That Dress!, has raised $130,000 to support Pace Lee programs.

“We thank the many shoppers, sponsors and volunteers who joined us at Love That Dress! this year to honor the female spirit and shop for a cause,” said Jennifer Cellitti, executive director of Pace Center for Girls, Lee. “For the past 14 years, this signature event has played a monumental role in supporting Pace’s efforts to bring education, counseling and advocacy to hundreds of girls and young women in Southwest Florida.”

Described as the ultimate feel-good shopping spree of the year, Love That Dress! featured shopping, music, silent auctions and cocktails on Aug. 24 at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero, where a collection of high-quality, brand-new boutique and gently used dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories were sold at deeply discounted prices.

Proceeds from the event provide academic programs and counseling services to girls and young women ages 11 to 18 who are working to overcome risk factors such as poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, foster home placement, neglect, grief, incarceration of a family member, mental health and physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

Pace Lee also brought Pace girls to join the Love That Dress! fun on Aug. 25, providing a special shopping session with opportunities for the girls to dress up, shop and have a day of fun.

Sponsors for Love That Dress! included California Closets, Kelly Fayer Law Firm, Neubert Construction, Priority Marketing, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Seminole Casino Hotel and Stilwell Enterprises & Restaurant Group. Media sponsors were 96.9 WINK FM, ABC-7 and Gulfshore Life. Volunteer Meal Sponsor was Jason’s Deli. In-Kind sponsors included Atilus, Caloosa Tent & Rental, Embassy Suites, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Image Matters, Lightning Wireless Solutions, Miromar Outlets, Prawnbroker Restaurant Group and Priority Payment Systems.

To learn more about Pace Lee and its programs, visit www.pacecenter.org/locations/lee or call 239-425-2366.

About Pace Center for Girls, Lee

Pace Center for Girls, Lee, envisions a world where all girls and young women have power, in a just and equitable society. Founded in 1985, Pace provides free year-round middle and high school academics, case management, counseling, and life skills development in a safe and supportive environment that recognizes and deals with past trauma and builds upon girls’ individual strengths. Dedicated to meeting the social, emotional, and education needs of girls, Pace has a successful and proven program model that has changed the life trajectory of more than 40,000 girls and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for girls in need. For more information on Pace Center for Girls, Lee, call 239-425-2366 or visit www.pacecenter.org/locations/lee.