Pace Center for Girls, Lee to host 16th annual Grande Dames Tea on April 18

Pace Center for Girls, Lee has announced its 16th annual Grande Dames Tea, taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18 at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.

Each year, Pace’s Grande Dames Tea honors women who exemplify the organization’s guiding principles and have made a significant impact through their roles in business, community and philanthropy. The inspirational event recognizes the unique perspectives and powerful insights that these women have gained throughout their life journeys, and the importance of passing this knowledge along to future generations. With the event’s theme, “The Wisdom of Time – Honoring the Female Spirit,” honorees will share their wisdom during a Q&A session led by the young women of Pace. Guests will also enjoy special performances by the Pace girls, and a raffle featuring an array of packages from local businesses.

The 16th annual event is co-chaired by Jennifer Nelson and Holly Wilson. The 2024 Grande Dames honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Every year, our Grande Dames Tea shines a light on the incredible journeys of three local women who have broken down walls and enriched their communities,” said Jennifer Cellitti, executive director of Pace Center for Girls, Lee. “Their stories are testaments to the power of female wisdom and the extraordinary impact it has when shared with our young women at Pace who aspire to walk in their footsteps. We are delighted to continue this tradition of empowerment and look forward to sharing the invaluable advice of our esteemed honorees.”

A Friends of Pace table for six is available for $600. Sponsorship opportunities are available, including Presenting sponsor for $10,000, Golden Teacup sponsor for $7,500, Silver Teacup sponsor for $5,000, Fascinator sponsor for $2,500, Silver Teaspoon sponsor for $1,500 and in-kind sponsorships.

Proceeds from the event benefit Pace Lee and its strength-based programs that guide Pace girls in finding their voice and achieving their potential. Programs are based on the belief that all girls and young women, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, should be uniquely cared for, supported and encouraged to become the best versions of themselves through a path of healing and recovery.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 239-425-2366.

About Pace Center for Girls, Lee
Pace Center for Girls, Lee, envisions a world where all girls and young women have power, in a just and equitable society. Founded in 1985, Pace provides free year-round middle and high school academics, case management, counseling, and life skills development in a safe and supportive environment that recognizes and deals with past trauma and builds upon girls’ individual strengths. Dedicated to meeting the social, emotional, and education needs of girls, Pace has a successful and proven program model that has changed the life trajectory of more than 40,000 girls and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for girls in need. For more information on Pace Center for Girls, Lee, call 239-425-2366 or visit
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