“Love That Dress!” New Date, New Venue, Same Great Cause

Posted by Barbara Harrington — May 11, 2012

1336762765Sanibel, FL (May 9, 2012) – Ladies, gather your dresses! It’s time for Sanibel-Captiva’s annual “Love That Dress!” collection party to take place on Tuesday, June 19 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in support of PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. The Royal Shell Companies will partner once again with The Prawnbroker Group at this year’s new location, The Village Shops, at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Admission is $5 along with one or more new or gently used dresses.

In air conditioned comfort, party hosts will collect dress donations in exchange for a dining certificate to Matzaluna. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served as you choose your favorite raffle items. Last year’s popular prize drawing will return with tickets selling for five for $20 or $5 each. Everyone is encouraged to continue the merriment at Matzaluna’s where 15% of your dinner tab that evening benefits PACE.

1336762823The event is open to the public, and off-island residents are welcome. “Our goal is to collect as many dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories as possible,” explains Barb Harrington of The Royal Shell Companies. All donations will be resold at the “Love That Dress!” event to be held on August 29 at Embassy Suites in Estero, FL or otherwise benefit PACE. For more information about the main event, fan “Love That Dress!” on Facebook or visit www.lovethatdress.org.

PACE Center for Girls is the only non-residential, gender specific program for at-risk girls in Lee County. The teenage girls served are facing challenges such as physical, sexual and emotional abuse, foster care, academic failure and delinquency. The local PACE Center opened its doors on February 5, 2007, and has since offered over 400 girls the unique opportunity to develop into healthy and positive individuals while furthering their education, developing their confidence and finding their voice. PACE Lee’s most recent outcome report shows that 94% of girls increased their academic performance and have no involvement with the criminal justice system a year after transitioning from the day program. As a result, PACE reduces the significant long term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment and long term economic dependency. To help or learn more, visit www.pacecenter.org/lee.

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