The PACE Center for Girls of Lee County and local Modern Woodmen members hosted a fund-raising event on Dec. 17 to meet a matching gift of $10,000 through the Modern Woodmen's Matching Fund Program. With the help of local supporters and donors, the $10,000 was successfully met raising a total of $12,875.
PACE still needs to raise $180,000 to complete renovations being made on its new facility. The center is able to expand its capacity and services to more young girls with the move into a larger building.
"We will be rent free in the new building. We currently pay $11,000 in rent each month. Now, that money will be reallocated to support the PACE program," said Meg Geltner, PACE executive director.
PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) provides a non-residential delinquency prevention program in locations statewide, targeting the unique needs of females age 12 to 18 who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent or in need of academic skills.
PACE accepts referrals from the juvenile justice system, the Department of Children & Families, school personnel, community services agencies, parents, family members, friends and self-referrals.
For more information visit www.pacecenter.org/lee or call 239-425-2366 ext 25.