Pace Center for Girls, Lee is gearing up for its annual Love That Dress! shopping event with a dress collection that encourages the community to #MakeSpaceForPace.

Described as the ultimate feel-good shopping spree of the year, Love That Dress! features shopping and silent auctions with all proceeds benefiting Pace programs and services in Lee County. To help build an expansive and fashionable inventory, Pace is inviting Southwest Floridians to clean out their closets for a cause. Donations of new and gently loved dresses will later be sold at deeply discounted prices to attendees of the Love That Dress! event in August.

To contribute to the #MakeSpaceForPace collection, members of the community can drop off their donations through Aug. 1 at the following drop-off locations:

Pace Lee

Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3800 Evans Ave. in Fort Myers

Starbucks

Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

All Cape Coral locations

Fort Myers locations at 4450 Fowler St., 11801 S. Cleveland Ave. and 1514 Broadway

Sanibel Captiva Community Bank

Hours: Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Eight locations across Fort Myers and Sanibel

To help spread the word, Pace is encouraging donors to share a photo or video of their donated items on Facebook using #MakeSpaceForPace and tagging their friends to continue the challenge.

Pace’s dress collection will culminate with the main Love That Dress! event on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero. Last year, the fundraiser featured a record-breaking collection of 9,000 high-quality, brand-new boutique and gently used dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories, helping raise $65,000.

Proceeds from Love That Dress! 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.

To learn more about the Love That Dress! fundraiser and collection events, please visit LoveThatDressLeeCounty.com.

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.