March 10 event to recognize Marie Ackord, Marilyn Stout, Barbara Watt-Biggs

Tickets are now available for Pace Center for Girls, Lee County’s 2020 Grande Dames Tea celebration on March 10, which will honor three local women, Marie Ackord, Marilyn Stout and Barbara Watt-Biggs, for their roles in business, community and philanthropy.

Admission is $60 per person and $500 for tables of eight and includes an afternoon tea menu. Proceeds from the event benefit Pace and its strength-based, gender-specific programs that guide Pace girls in finding their voice and achieving their potential.

Each year, Pace’s Grande Dames Tea honors women who exemplify the organization’s guiding principles and have made a significant impact on the community through decades of service and helping others. The event’s theme, “The Wisdom of Time – Honoring the Female Spirit,” represents the unique perspectives and powerful insight that these women have gained throughout their life journeys, and the importance of passing this knowledge along to future generations.

During the inspirational event, 2020 Grande Dames Ackord, Stout and Watt-Biggs will share words of wisdom and advice during a Q&A session led by the girls and young women of Pace. Guests will also enjoy special performances by the Pace girls.

Presented by the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, the 12th annual Grande Dames Tea event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite tea party hat.

To purchase tickets for the event or to learn more, visit www.pacecenter.org/locations/lee or call 239-425-2366.

About Pace Center for Girls, Lee County

Since 2007, Pace Center for Girls, Lee County has been providing girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The gender-specific, strength-based program is one of 22 Centers throughout Florida, and is known throughout the nation as a best practices model for diverting girls from the juvenile justice system. Pace is a registered not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of individuals, businesses, civic/community organizations and churches in Lee County in order to serve girls and their families. Since its inception, Pace Center for Girls, Lee County has served more than 650 at-promise girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace. For more information on Pace Center for Girls, Lee County, call 239-425-2366 or visit www.pacecenter.org/locations/lee.