Hun­dreds of com­mu­nity lead­ers, phi­lan­thropists and lo­cal busi­ness own­ers con­tinue to get in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties sup­port­ing the mis­sion of the PACE Cen­ter for Girls of Lee County. PACE cen­ters are lauded for “re­duc­ing re­cidi­vism and im­prov­ing school suc­cess, em­ploy­ment and self-suf­fi­ciency amongst girls.”

A re­cent PACE Lee event, Tides of Change was a coastal-themed din­ner and danc­ing fundraiser held last Novem­ber at MarineMax Fort My­ers. The event con­cluded a year of cel­e­bra­tions in honor of the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 10th an­niver­sary.

Event chairs were Cheryl Kom­nick, Noelle Casagrande- Mont­gomery and Marc Collins. Af­ter en­joy­ing cock­tails spon­sored by Scott and Mary Fis­cher and the Wicked Dol­phin, and din­ner by chef Brian Roland of Crave Culi­naire, at­ten­dees danced the evening away. They also par­tic­i­pated in a live auc­tion to ben­e­fit PACE. PACE Lee pro­vides “at-risk mid­dle school- and high school-aged girls with an op­por­tu­nity for a bet­ter fu­ture through ed­u­ca­tion, coun­sel­ing, train­ing and ad­vo­cacy. The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s model is na­tion­ally rec­og­nized as one of the most ef­fec­tive pro­grams in the coun­try for keep­ing girls from en­ter­ing the ju­ve­nile jus­tice sys­tem.” PACE op­er­ates 19 non-res­i­den­tial cen­ters through­out

Florida, serv­ing the needs of more than 2,000 girls an­nu­ally. PACE Lee has as­sisted some 525 stu­dents since its in­cep­tion in 2007.

For in­for­ma­tion on 2018 events and how you can get in­volved, con­tact devel­op­ment man­ager Allyson Ross at 239-4707548 or [email protected]­cen­ter.org.

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