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March 10 event to recognize Marie Ackord, Marilyn Stout, Barbara Watt-Biggs
FORT MYERS, Fla., (Feb. 27, 2020) – Pace Center for Girls, Lee County has announced the sponsors of its 2020 Grande Dames Tea celebration on March 10, which will honor three local women, Marie Ackord, Marilyn Stout and Barbara Watt-Biggs, for their roles in business, community and philanthropy.
Golden Tea Leaves sponsors are Broadway Palm and Eunice and Alexandra Bremner. Silver Tea Cup sponsors are Edison National Bank/Bank of the Islands and Ed and Connie Lizak. Fascinator sponsors are Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. and the Florida Lottery. Silver Teaspoon sponsors are Rebekah and Jeff Barney, Offshore Sailing School, DJC Insurance & Financial Services and Galloway Family of Dealerships.
Mark Loren Designs is presenting the beautifully designed Grande Dames pins for this year’s honorees, Ruth Messmer Florist is the Floral Design sponsor, Caloosa Tent & Rental is the Table Setting sponsor, Priority Marketing is the Public Relations & Design sponsor, Lady Cakes Bakery is providing confections, The News-Press is the Media sponsor, Red Door Photography is the Photography sponsor, and Jason’s Deli is providing meals for volunteers.
Each year, Pace’s Grande Dames Tea honors women who exemplify the organization’s guiding principles and have made a significant impact on the community through decades of service and helping others. The event’s theme, “The Wisdom of Time – Honoring the Female Spirit,” represents the unique perspectives and powerful insight that these women have gained throughout their life journeys, and the importance of passing this knowledge along to future generations.
Presented by the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, the 12th annual Grande Dames Tea event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers.
Admission is $60 per person and $500 for tables of eight and includes an afternoon tea menu. The girls and young women of Pace have also created handmade tea party fascinator hats for guests to purchase and wear to the Grande Dames Tea, available through Pace Center for Girls, Lee County’s Facebook page. Proceeds benefit Pace and its strength-based, gender-specific programs that guide Pace girls in finding their voice and achieving their potential.
To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit or call 239-425-2366.
About Pace Center for Girls, Lee County
Since 2007, Pace Center for Girls, Lee County has been providing girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The gender-specific, strength-based program is one of 22 Centers throughout Florida, and is known throughout the nation as a best practices model for diverting girls from the juvenile justice system. Pace is a registered not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of individuals, businesses, civic/community organizations and churches in Lee County in order to serve girls and their families. Since its inception, Pace Center for Girls, Lee County has served more than 650 at-promise girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace. For more information on Pace Center for Girls, Lee County, call 239-425-2366 or visit

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