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Co-chairs, sponsorship opportunities announced for Oct. 6 event


FORT MYERS, Fla., (May 3, 2018) – PACE Center for Girls, Lee County is pleased to announce the return of its highly anticipated signature event, the Boo Ball, coming to Fort Myers in October 2018.


Featuring an elegant evening of dinner, dancing and a live auction for exceptional travel opportunities and experiences, the Halloween-themed gala will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens in downtown Fort Myers.


Proceeds from the spooktacular soiree will support the PACE Center’s mission to provide at-risk girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.


Two local power couples will be chairing the event: Christin and David Collins along with Debbie and Bill Toler. 


“Having served over 650 girls right here in Lee County throughout its 10-year history, PACE Center for Girls continues to demonstrate its profound influence on those who have multiple risk factors impacting their academic achievement as well as their overall health and well-being,” said Christin Collins, co-chair of the 2018 Boo Ball event. “For this reason, David and I are thrilled to be co-chairing this year’s Boo Ball event alongside Debbie and Bill Toler, and we look forward to a stunning, fun-filled evening that celebrates and supports the young women of Lee County.”


This year’s event promises many surprises and opportunities, with a new twist on the event theme, the BOO-ming Twenties. Guests will be transported back in time as they sip prohibition-inspired cocktails on the sweeping verandah, mingle on the lawn under a gorgeous Southwest Florida sky, and sway to the tunes of The Brass Evolution. Attendees will be encouraged to dress according to the theme, with a festive Halloween touch.  


2018 Boo Ball event co-chair, Debbie Toler adds, “By providing appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment, PACE Center for Girls helps our young women build brighter futures and achieve their full potential. The Boo Ball event is a great opportunity for the community to come together in support of PACE’s life-changing programs, and this year’s BOO-ming Twenties theme sets the tone for what is sure to be a truly impactful event.”


The Boo Ball event, which was held for the first time in 2016, was the creative vision of PACE board member and Home-Tech chief financial officer, Sonya Sawyer. The sold-out crowd of 250 attendees enjoyed a Halloween-inspired masquerade gala, a first of its kind for PACE and the Lee County community.


“We are so thankful for Sonya’s vision and leadership in creating a fundraiser that brought the festivities of Halloween and fundraising together in such a magical way,” said Meg M. Geltner, PACE Executive Director. “Christin and Debbie, along with their husbands, do all things with immense dedication and heart. This year’s leadership team is sure to create an enchanted night to remember, all in support of our PACE Girls.”


A range of event sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2018 Boo Ball. The Title sponsor level is $15,000 and includes two complimentary tables of 10. The Presenting sponsor level is $10,000 and includes one complimentary table of 10. Champion, Advocate and Table sponsor levels are available at $7,500, $5,000 and $1,500, respectively, and each includes one complimentary table of 8. To learn more, contact PACE Development Manager Allyson Ross at [email protected] or 239-470-7548. 


For more information on the programs and services PACE provides, consider attending a Pathways to PACE session, held on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at PACE’s Fort Myers location or visit


About PACE Center for Girls, Inc.

PACE Center for Girls, Inc., is a non-residential delinquency prevention program targeting the unique needs of girls, ages 11 to 18 years old, facing challenges such as academic failure and truancy, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, neglect, death of a parent, and family history of incarceration.


PACE is a Florida-based, not for profit organization, and the only statewide prevention program for adolescent at-risk girls in the nation.  In the past year, the Lee County program provided 117 girls with education, counseling, training and advocacy resulting in 95 percent having no involvement with juvenile justice within one year of leaving PACE, 96 percent improving their academic performance and 93 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 abuse, unemployment and long term economic dependency.


PACE accepts referrals from the juvenile justice system, the Department of Children & Families, school personnel, community services agencies, parents, family members, friends and self-referrals.

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