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Love That Dress! raises $150,000 for Pace Center for Girls

By Staff | Sep 4, 2019

More than 400 fashionistas and community supporters recently came together for the 11th annual Love That Dress! event on Aug. 21, raising more than $150,000 in support of Pace Center for Girls, Lee County.

The ultimate feel-good shopping spree of the year, the event featured shopping, music, silent auctions and cocktails at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero, where more than 3,000 dresses were available for purchase at deeply discounted prices.

“Love That Dress! gets bigger and better every year, providing our generous community a fun-filled opportunity to honor the female spirit while shopping for a cause,” Event Chair Jennifer Pfenninger said. “Beyond the fun and fashion of Love That Dress! is the critical need that the event helps fulfill by supporting programs that guide girls and young women in celebrating a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace. It’s truly the ultimate feel-good shopping spree.”

Celebrating 11 years of the community’s obsession with fashion and giving, the annual campaign solicits donations of new and gently loved dresses, handbags, shoes and accessories. A series of collection events helped build an expansive inventory of fashion-forward apparel, thanks to the generosity of local businesses and community donors.

Proceeds from the event support Pace Center for Girls, which provides 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 and physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

“Funds raised through Love That Dress! provide life-changing education, counseling, training and advocacy that help our girls overcome their respective challenges to become strong young women and productive, contributing members of society,” Lee County’s Pace Center for Girls Executive Director Meg M. Geltner said. “We’re thankful for all who came out to this year’s Love That Dress!, joining our efforts to empower Pace girls in finding their voice and achieving their full potential.”

In addition, this year’s event offered the opportunity to win a 24-month lease on a new 2019 Infiniti QX50 SUV, with a drawing held during the event. It was awarded to Kathleen McClanahan.

For more information, visit www.pacecenter.org/locations/lee or call 239-425-2366.