With a record breaking 3,500 dresses and a number of new and returning sponsors PACE Collier’s 2014 “Love That Dress!” was destined to succeed, and it did, nearly doubling last year’s proceeds and reporting $112,000 raised.
“Love That Dress!” is not only a feel-good community event, but it brings together local businesses, volunteers and community partners. The fourth annual event was held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.
Title Sponsor White House Black Market had an even bigger presence this year by providing thousands of pieces of jewelery that were sold for $5 and $10 dollars each. In addition, a plus size collection of dresses from the label Queen Grace were donated by PACE Board Member Marina Lamitini, giving women of all sizes the opportunity to buy beautiful dresses at rock bottom prices.
“Love that Dress!” is not all about dresses but also about the girls PACE serves in Immokalee. The proceeds from the event give PACE the opportunity to help the girls with counseling, health care, food and clothing needs as well asproviding incentives that keep girls in school and engaged in learning.
“It takes a village and a family to make this type of event a success,” reported PACE Executive Director Marianne Kearns. “We were destined for success with our phenomenal event Chair Libby Fero, the support of returning sponsors and new big sponsors such as Julie Diermeier, Honorary Chair Judy Green, All About Closets, BURN by Rocky Patel and Just Like Family Home Care. It continues to be the best ‘Friend-Raiser’ in town!”
PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a non-residential juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12-18, facing challenges such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, family history of incarceration and declining grades. At PACE, girls find a supportive environment focusing on their strengths through a gender-responsive approach that centers on the emotional and physical safety of each girl. As a result, PACE reduces the significant long-term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance abuse, unemployment, and long-term economic dependency.
For more information, visit www.pacecenter.org/collier.