Pace Center for Girls Broward Hosts Inspiring Luncheon Focused On Empowering Young Women

The Pace Center for Girls Broward recently hosted its Believing in Girls Empowerment Luncheon Fundraiser at the Signature Grand in Davie. The event was emceed by Laurie Jennings for the second year and was attended by 400 members of the Broward community, including elected officials, sponsors, contributors and special guests. Together, they raised $179,000 in critical funds needed for Pace Girls. The Amaturo Family Foundation returned as presenting sponsor and was joined by Champion Sponsors Rick Case Automotive Group, Rosemary Duffy Larson Trust and UKG- Ultimate Kronos Group, as well as Advocate Sponsors Castle Group, Circle of Friends Foundation, Perlman Family Foundation, Memorial Healthcare System, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

“This was a day of celebration of all the incredible talents, strengths and accomplishments of Pace girls. Despite their challenges, they are strong and resilient and focused on successful futures,” Sara Nuñez says, Executive Director of Pace.

This annual luncheon showcases the diverse background, talents and successes of Pace Girls. It honors their female spirit as they act with integrity and positive intent to express their gratitude to all who make their incredible achievements possible, especially themselves.

“With Pace, our girls have a community of support with program services to achieve the success and happiness they deserve,’ Lois Marino says, Executive Director of BBX Capital Foundation. “I am truly honored to be a Board Member and proud to be Pacesetter.” 

Denise and Angelo Elia, owners of Casa D’Angelo, were awarded the Leo Goodwin Community Cares Award, the highest honor bestowed by Pace Center for Girls Broward. Their unwavering support for the center is evident through the annual A Taste of Italy Dinner and Wine Auction they host at their restaurant. Over the last two decades, their generosity has helped raise over 1.3 million dollars, providing much-needed funds for the girls at the center.

Pace Center for Girls has been serving the Broward Community for 31 years, helping over 10,000 girls and their families. They invest in more than 400 girls annually through their Academic Day and Reach Counseling Programs. The Day Program offers academics, social services, counseling, and life-skills training to girls ages 11 to 17, while the Reach Program provides social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health counseling. Pace is a safe haven for girls to learn, process, heal, and start anew. Their annual “A Taste of Italy Dinner and Wine Auction” has raised over $1.3 million in the last two decades, providing much-needed funds for the girls at Pace. Please visit their website to support Pace Center for Girls Broward.

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