The Believing in Girls Empowerment Luncheon benefiting PACE Center for Girls Broward brought in $130,000 and attracted more than 300 guests in support of the nonprofit, which provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

The girls in the PACE Broward program were front and center at the event telling their moving stories of overcoming adversity, singing an inspiring song and introducing adult speakers.  The co-chairs of the luncheon, Matt Korshoff of CenterState Bank and Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson of Nova Southeastern University, joined Aggie Pappas, Regional Executive Director for PACE Center for Girls, in celebrating the achievements of the girls.

“We see so much promise in our girls, promise that deserves to be nourished to ensure successful, fulfilling and positive futures for each one,” said Pappas. “We’re grateful to offer them the resources to help them grow and succeed.  And we’re so thankful that this important work supported by the attendees, sponsors, and community organizations represented at the Empowerment Luncheon.”

One special community organization – the Children’s Aid Club (CAC) – was presented with the Leo Goodwin Community Cares Award for its exceptional commitment to PACE Center for Girls Broward.  For the last 12 years, the CAC has compassionately served PACE girls and their families in times of need.   It has assisted girls and their families when in crisis, brought cheer during the sometimes difficult holiday season, and supported health and wellness by partially funding a nurse at the center two days a week.

Other notable supporters at the Believing in Girls Empowerment Luncheon were generous sponsors committed to the PACE mission.  They included:  Diamond Sponsors CenterState Bank and the Leo Goodwin Foundation; Sapphire Sponsors Broward College, Modernizing Medicine, Publix Super Markets Charities and Jane Wexton and Marvin Pickholz; Ruby Sponsors Circle of Friends Foundation, Nova Southeastern University, City of Wilton Manors/Wilton Manors Police Department, REMS Group and Ultimate Software; and Emerald Sponsors BankUnited, Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, Centennial Bank, Karen and Robert Elgidely, Shannon and Matt Korshoff, Suzie and Larry Maurer, Mombach, Boyle, Hardin & Simmons, P.A., Lynda Napolitano, Panza Maurer P.A.,Barbara Wagner and Richard Wagenheim, and Walgreen Co.

PACE Center for Girls Broward, established in 1992, provides girls with prevention and intervention non-residential services through gender-responsive programming, designed to specifically meet the needs of girls and address their unique strengths and challenges.  PACE Center for Girls Broward serves girls through its academic day program and Reach Counseling Center, providing counseling services, case management and diversion/civil citation services.