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‘Ultimate shopping spree’ awaits attendees Aug. 22 at 10th annual Love That Dress! fundraising event

Tickets on sale Aug. 1, proceeds to benefit PACE Center for Girls, Lee County

PACE Center for Girls, Lee County will host an exclusive Girls Night Out shopping experience for fashionistas at its 10th annual Love That Dress! event on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The ultimate feel-good shopping spree of the year, Love That Dress! features shopping, music, silent auctions and cocktails, with all proceeds benefiting PACE programs and services. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Embassy Suites by Hilton, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive in Estero.

Celebrating 10 years of the community’s obsession with fashion and giving, the annual Love That Dress! campaign solicits donations of new and gently loved dresses, handbags, shoes and accessories. Dress drop locations are located throughout Lee County and will be accepting donations through the first week in August. Title Sponsor White House Black Market is also contributing hundreds of brand new products to the already expansive inventory, with all items to be sold at discounted prices during the Love That Dress! event. To commemorate 10 years, special pricing, along with some other surprises, will be revealed at the event.

“Over the past decade, Love That Dress! has grown bigger and better each year, and it truly has become the most spirited shopping spree for women across Southwest Florida,” said Event Chair Deanna Hansen. “With a huge inventory for shoppers to browse and buy, Love That Dress! provides a great opportunity to shop and socialize with friends, all while honoring the female spirit and raising life-changing funds for the young women and girls of PACE.”

With ticket sales beginning Aug. 1, admission is $30 in advance of the event and $40 at the door. PACE is also selling VIP passes for $150, allowing shoppers to enjoy early access to the shopping and exclusive access to the VIP Suite Level, which features private dressing areas, specialty auction items, express check-out and complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

This year also offers the chance to win a two-year lease for a 2018 INFINITI Q50 2.0t Pure, with only 150 tickets for this prize drawing available at $100 each in advance of the event. Those interested in purchasing a ticket can do so directly at the Fort Myers Infiniti dealership and will receive a complimentary VIP admission ticket (while supplies last).

Proceeds from Love That Dress! benefit PACE Center for Girls, Lee County, which assists 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.

“PACE is the nation’s only statewide prevention program for adolescent at-risk girls, and we serve well over 100 girls each year right here in Lee County,” said Meg M. Geltner, executive director at PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. “After impactful counseling, the chance to catch up on academic coursework and vocational training opportunities, 96 percent of PACE girls demonstrate academic improvement and 95 percent have no involvement with the juvenile justice system within a year of leaving PACE. That’s why Love That Dress! is so important – its success is vital to the success of PACE and the girls and young women its programs serve.”

Presenting sponsors for Love That Dress! include White House Black Market as the Title Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Priority Marketing, Stilwell Enterprises, St. Charles Yacht Club, IBERIABANK, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, ABC-7, Gulfshore Life, Fort Myers Infiniti, Miromar Outlets, Embassy Suites by Hilton, California Closets, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, Dr. Garramone Plastic Surgery, Arias Law Firm, Get Efficient, LLC., Seminole Casino Hotel, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright and Co. P.A, Florida Marina Clubs and Noelle Melanson, Deanna Hansen and Cheryl Komnick, Anne Wittenborn, Alexandra Bremner, The News-Press Media Group, 96.9 WINK-FM, House of Wu, Image Matters, New Beginnings Events, Nu Image Dry Cleaners, Atilus, LLC, Jason’s Deli, Living Local, Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar, Prawnbroker Restaurant Group, Famous Dave’s, Priority Payments of South Florida, Caloosa Tent & Rental, A. Jaron Fine Jewelry, Signs Now, Lightning Wireless Solutions, Inc., and Rachel Allan.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.LoveThatDress.org, email Allyson.Ross@PaceCenter.org or call 239-425-2366 ext. 2315.

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 20 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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