Meg M. Geltner, Delia Ramirez, Yesenia Saldivar, Judy & Andrew Williams, Robert McDonald, Allyson Ross & Sara Garner

FORT MYERS, Fla. (July 16, 2015) – PACE Center for Girls, Inc. Lee County receives $11,500 from SPADA Salon & Day Spa after its annual SPADA-thon to benefit the organization and its Love That Dress! main event.

“For six years, Judy and Andrew Williams have created and grown an incredible event benefiting PACE Center for Girls”, said Meg M. Geltner, executive director of PACE Center for Girls, Lee County. “We are beyond thrilled with the results of this year’s SPADA-thon and are grateful for the time, talent and dedication that they, along with their staff, put into this special event. We look forward to what they have in store for next year’s Love That Dress! collection event.”

This year’s Love That Dress! 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 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. VIP Suite owners will also receive a complementary style and personal shopper experience by Christine Sherlock of Image Matters. VIP Suites are now available for purchase. Tickets for the main event will go on sale Aug. 1. Visit for more information.

All proceeds from Love That Dress!7 will benefit PACE Center for Girls, 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, truancy and declining grades.

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. 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 or search “Love That Dress, Lee” on Facebook.