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Pace Center for Girls to bring back Love That Dress!

By Staff | Jul 30, 2021

Pace Center for Girls, Lee County is bringing back Love That Dress! with a new twist. This year, the event will be three days of shopping from Aug. 19-21 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero.

The fundraiser features shopping and silent auctions with all proceeds benefiting Pace programs and services. This year, it will feature a collection of 9,000 high-quality, brand-new boutique and gently used dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories sold at deeply discounted prices to attendees. Inventory will be continuously restocked throughout the event.

“We are excited to introduce this popular event in a new three-day format, where fashionistas and bargain hunters can shop while honoring the female spirit,” event chair Jennifer Nelson said. “This year, with an unprecedented outpouring of community support, we’re excited to reveal our largest and most glamourous selection of gently loved and brand-new fashion pieces.”

The event kicks off on Aug. 19 with the Love That Dress! VIP Shopping event from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites. VIP shoppers will enjoy a suite and be the first to shop with exclusive access to private dressing areas, express checkout and complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

General admission runs Aug. 20-21, and attendees can schedule a one-hour time slot for up to 15 people. Shoppers can register online to shop a wide selection of dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories. General admission time slots are available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We are so thankful to the Southwest Florida community for generously supporting the 13th annual Love That Dress! event, and the Pace Center for Girls of Lee County mission,” event co-chair Amy McQuagge said. “This event helps raise critical funds that directly support strength-based, gender-specific programs that guide Pace girls in finding their voice, achieving their potential and becoming strong, productive and contributing members of society.”

The proceeds provide academic programs and counseling services to girls and young women ages 11-18 who are working to overcome risk factors such as poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, foster home placement, neglect, grief, incarceration of a family member, mental health and physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

General admission tickets are $30 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To register or for more information, visit LoveThatDressLeeCounty.com or call 239-425-2366.

Volunteers are also needed throughout the summer to sort and tag inventory, as well as to support the main event. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Cosden at Jessica.Cosden@pacecenter.org.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton is at 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero.