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Pace Center for Girls, Lee County announces July 17 Love That Dress! collection event, ‘Stetsons & Stilettos River District’

Pace Center for Girls, Lee County’s next Love That Dress! collection event, “Stetsons & Stilettos River District,” will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens in Fort Myers.

Co-chaired by Pace board members Brandie Fennell Duncan and Jennifer Nelson, Stetsons & Stilettos River District presents a western-chic soirée with live music, food trucks, raffle prize drawings, silent auction and a cash bar. Guests will boot, scoot and boogie the night away to the rockin’ country tunes of Whiskey Bent, accompanied by sunset views over the Caloosahatchee River. Food will be available for sale from food trucks Dynamite Street Eatz, with burgers and more, The Folkswagen with pizza, and BuddahBlends with vegan offerings.

Guests at the collection party also can be among the first to purchase tickets for a chance to win a 24-month lease on a new 2019 INFINITI QX50 SUV. Only 150 tickets will be sold, and the winner will be drawn at Love That Dress! on Aug. 21.

Stetsons & Stilettos River District runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, 2505 First St. in Fort Myers. Free valet parking will be available.

Per person tickets include a complimentary drink and entertainment and are $25. Bring one or more new or gently loved dresses to donate and admission is $20, plus receive a raffle ticket for each donation beyond one dress (up to 10).

Love That Dress! is an annual campaign soliciting donations of new and gently loved dresses, handbags, shoes and accessories. A series of social events helps build inventory, and the campaign culminates with what’s described as “the ultimate feel-good shopping spree” in which supporters enjoy an evening of shopping, music, cocktails and a silent auction.

Proceeds from Love That Dress! events support Pace Center for Girls’ programs and services, which assist girls ages 11 to 18 who have multiple risk factors impacting their academic achievement, including family income, substance abuse, domestic violence, foster home placement, neglect, grief, incarceration of a family member and physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

In August 2018, more than 450 fashionistas and community supporters attended the 10th annual Love That Dress! fundraiser, helping raise more than $157,000 to support Pace Center for Girls, Lee County.

To learn more about Pace Center for Girls, Lee County and its programs, please 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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