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Pace Center for Girls, Lee to host 15th annual Grande Dames Tea on April 4

Girls on stage during 15th annual Grande Dames tea event

Pace Center for Girls, Lee has announced its 15th annual Grande Dames Tea presented by B. Pat O’Rourke, taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Each year, Pace’s Grande Dames Tea honors women who exemplify the organization’s guiding principles and have made a significant impact through their roles in business, community and philanthropy. The inspirational event recognizes the unique perspectives and powerful insights that these women have gained throughout their life journeys, and the importance of passing this knowledge along to future generations. With the event’s theme, “The Wisdom of Time – Honoring the Female Spirit,” honorees will share their wisdom during a Q&A session led by the young women of Pace. Guests will also enjoy special performances by the Pace girls, and a virtual auction featuring an array of packages from local businesses.

The 15th annual event is chaired by Kelly L. Fayer along with co-chairs Marlene S. Moulton, M.D., and Kellie Urban. This year’s honorary chair is Pace Lee founder Gail Markham. The 2023 Grande Dames honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Every year, our Grande Dames Tea provides a powerful platform for esteemed women in the community to share their wisdom and experiences with our Pace girls,” said Jennifer Cellitti, executive director of Pace Center for Girls, Lee. “We are looking forward to an inspirational event filled with empowering stories and invaluable advice from our honorees, as well as the wonderful conversations it will spark with our girls and young women at Pace.”

A Friends of Pace table for six is available for $600. Sponsorship opportunities are available, including Golden Teacup sponsor for $7,500, Silver Teacup sponsor for $5,000, Fascinator sponsor for $2,500, Silver Teaspoon sponsor for $1,500 and in-kind sponsorships.

Proceeds from the event benefit Pace Lee and its strength-based programs that guide Pace girls in finding their voice and achieving their potential. Programs are based on the belief that all girls and young women, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, should be uniquely cared for, supported and encouraged to become the best versions of themselves through a path of healing and recovery.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit PaceCenter.org/Locations/Florida/Lee/15th-Annual-Grande-Dames-Tea or call 239-425-2366.

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.

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