Pace Center for Girls, Lee County hosts 2019 Tides of Change

More than 330 community supporters recently came together for the 2019 Tides of Change in support of Pace Center for Girls, Lee County’s vital counseling and academic programs.

Executive Director Meg Geltner cropped

Held Nov. 8 at MarineMax Fort Myers, Tides of Change featured an evening of shoreside cocktails, dinner, dancing and a wave-making live auction to help chart a smoother course for at-promise young women in Lee County.

“Pace’s programs serve well over 100 girls each year right here in Lee County,” said Meg M. Geltner, executive director at Pace Center for Girls, Lee County.

“Through impactful programs and counseling, 96% of our girls have improved academically and 95% have no involvement with the criminal justice system within a year of leaving Pace. We are so thankful for the tremendous community support seen at Tides of Change that will help us continue these life-changing services for the girls and young women of Pace.”

Former Pace student Amy Iberger with Jaylin Simmons

Former Pace student Amy Iberger delivered the keynote address, highlighting the impact of Pace’s influential programs. Iberger transitioned from Pace in 2017 and went on to graduate from Riverdale High School. She is now attending Florida SouthWestern State College with a two-year scholarship that was donated at Pace’s 2018 Boo Ball.

“I learned leadership and how to work towards becoming the best version of myself every day,” Iberger said during the event about her time with Pace. “There’s a saying at Pace, ‘once a Pace girl, always a Pace girl.’ After watching my own personal transformation, I truly believe that and I am so proud to be a Pace girl.”

Co-chairs John Agnew and Suzanne Boy with Jennifer Nelson

The signature Tides of Change event was led by co-chairs John Agnew and Suzanne Boy with Boy Agnew Potanovic Law Firm.

Event sponsors included the Fort Myers Police Department as North Star Sponsor (title), Boy Agnew Potanovic Law Firm as the Anchorage Sponsor, Cushman & Wakefield Commercial Property Southwest Florida and Scott and Mary Fischer as Helmsman Sponsors, and Lee Health, Connie and Ed Lizak, Publix Super Markets Charities and Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as Compass Sponsors.

In-Kind Sponsors included MarineMax, Caloosa Tent & Rental, Crave Culinaire, Florida Weekly, Gulfshore Life, Jason’s Deli of Southwest Florida, The News-Press, Priority Marketing, Red Door Photography, and Ruth Messmer Florist.

To learn more about how to support Pace Center for Girls and its programs, please visit or call 239-425-2366.

Photography credit to Red Door Photography