Kendra Sutton, Chair for Love That Dress! 5, is proud to announce that this year’s event raised $134,870 to benefit PACE Center for Girls – Lee! The event, which took place at the Embassy Suites in Estero on August 28th, was also a record breaking year for dress collections, ticket sales and attendance with 846 tickets sold.
Love That Dress! is a fun fashion fundraiser held annually in benefit of PACE Center for Girls. This year’s Lee County event marked a record year for PACE Center for Girls-Lee. Love That Dress! 5 raised the greatest number of funds, surpassing their previous record of $122,498 raised in 2011.
In the months leading up to the event, members of the Southwest Florida community donated their new and gently worn dresses and accessories at donation locations across Lee County. Local businesses and organizations also held dress collection parties to gather dress donations, collect funds, and raise awareness for the fundraising event.
“I am truly appreciative of all the help that we received in making Love That Dress! 5 a huge success. This event could not be possible without the donations and support of the Southwest Florida community,” says Kendra Sutton. “I am ecstatic with the results of this year’s event, and I look forward to seeing what next year will bring for Love That Dress! 6.”
All of the proceeds from Love That Dress! 5 will benefit PACE Center for Girls, a non-residential juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention 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.
PACE is a 501c3 organization and works with young women between the ages of 12-18 living in at risk situations. PACE provides guidance and educational opportunities providing them with a path to a successful life.