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Pace Center for Girls launches #MakeSpaceForPace virtual dress collection campaign

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

To help build an expansive inventory of fashion-forward apparel for the highly-anticipated Love That Dress! event, Pace is inviting Southwest Floridians to clean out their closets for a cause. Donations of new or gently-loved dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories will later be sold at deeply discounted prices to attendees of the main Love That Dress! event in August.

“With the cancellation of two of our largest dress collection events, we had to come up with some fun and innovative ways to collect dresses,” said Jennifer Nelson, chair of the 2020 Love That Dress! event. “Many of us want to use our time at home purposefully, so this is the perfect opportunity to go through your closets and reimagine your space while finding satisfaction in knowing you’re supporting a great cause.”

To contribute to the #MakeSpaceForPace virtual collection, members of the community may drop off their donations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Friday at Pace Center for Girls, Lee County, located at 3800 Evans Ave. in Fort Myers. A donation bin is located behind the Pace building, providing a completely “contact-free” donation experience.

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 five of their friends to continue the challenge. Donors are also eligible to register for a raffle drawing to win a 50-inch smart TV, generously donated by Kelly Fayer, P.A. To enter, simply fill out an in-kind donation form when dropping off a clothing donation. The winner will be announced at Love That Dress! on Aug. 26.

“The generous donations from local businesses and community donors is what makes Love That Dress! such a fashion-forward and budget-friendly event,” said Amy McQuagge, co-chair of the 2020 Love That Dress! event. “Donations to the #MakeSpaceForPace dress collection not only support Pace’s mission, it also will help provide an incredible evening of fun for members of our community that can benefit from these deeply discounted finds.”

Pace’s dress collection will culminate with the main Love That Dress! event on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero. Described as the ultimate feel-good shopping spree of the year, the 12th annual event features shopping, music, silent auctions and cocktails.

Proceeds from Love That Dress! 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

For more information, 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.

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