FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 2, 2015) – Love That Dress!7 will continue its collection party fun at the upcoming Sanibel-Captiva Sunset Party on Thursday, June 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at SS Hookers, located at 17501 Harbour Point Drive in Fort Myers.
The evening will include a selection of hook, line and sinker appetizers, cash bar with proceeds from the night’s signature cocktail going to PACE Center for Girls of Lee County, music and entertainment by Robert McDonald of New Beginnings Events, a Chinese raffle, silent auction baskets and a live auction hosted by Mike Joyce from Gulf Coast Coin and Jewelry, and Gina Birch, local radio and TV personality. Auction items will include exclusive Sanibel and the Islands vacations, spa treatments, golf outings, fishing excursions, special jewelry pieces, restaurant gift cards, advertising packages and more.
Admission to the event is $10 per person or free with donation of new or “gently loved” dresses, shoes, accessories and/or handbags. Each attendee will receive one free drink ticket with admission.
This year’s Love That Dress!7 will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Embassy Suites in Estero, located at 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive. In the months leading up to the event, members of the Southwest Florida community are asked to donate new and gently loved dresses and accessories at collection parties and convenient drop-off locations across the county. Collection parties hosted by generous local businesses and organizations are a great way to connect with community members and sample the local fare, all while collecting inventory, raising funds and generating awareness for the main event.
During the main event, attendees will enjoy the huge inventory with friends, a silent auction full of unique packages, and cocktails. Suite and VIP ticket holders are granted access to early shopping, private dressing rooms, clothing holds, express check-out service, complimentary adult beverages, hors d’oeuvres and a private selection of decadent chocolates.
All proceeds from Love That Dress!7 will benefit the PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. PACE is a non-residential program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 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.
The next dress collection parties include:
- Miromar Outlets “Help Make Magic Happen” Collection Event on Wednesday, June 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Miromar Outlets, located at 10801 Corkscrew Road in Estero
- RumRunners “Havana Nights” Collection Event on Wednesday, July 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at RumRunners Restaurant, located at 5848 Cape Harbour Drive in Cape Coral
- Goodwill Boutique on First “Uptown Funk” Collection Event on Thursday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Goodwill Boutique on First, located at 2401 First Street in downtown Fort Myers with The Firestone After Party from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Firestone, located at 2224 Bay Street in downtown Fort Myers
- Six Bends Harley-Davidson Lucky Number 7 Casino Finale on Friday, August 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Six Bends Harley-Davidson, located at 9501 Thunder Road in Fort Myers
Last year, nearly 4,000 new and gently loved dresses were sold at the shopping event, raising more than $125,000 for PACE.
PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based, nonprofit organization and the only statewide prevention program for adolescent at-risk girls in the nation. In the past year, the Lee County program provided 116 girls with education, counseling, training and advocacy, resulting in 94 percent of girls in the program having no involvement with juvenile justice within six months of leaving PACE, 88 percent improving their academic performance and 80 percent remaining in school or obtaining employment three years after leaving PACE. As a result, PACE reduces the significant long-term costs associated with teen pregnancy, substance use, unemployment and long-term economic dependency.
PACE accepts referrals from the juvenile justice system, the Department of Children and Families, school personnel, community-service agencies, parents, family members and friends, as well as self-referrals.
For more information about the event, call 239-470-7548, visit www.lovethatdress.org or search “Love That Dress, Lee” on Facebook.