Build Her Future

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For 16 years, Pace Lee has been a beacon of hope for girls and young women in Lee County. Located in the heart of the community, our L. Gail Markham Building on Evans Avenue has served as a hub for education, counseling, and outreach services. Now, it’s time to take our center to the next level.

We believe that every girl deserves a classroom atmosphere that inspires and supports her growth. A place where she can feel safe, secure, and ready to learn and heal. We also believe that counseling and life skills education should prioritize her health and wellness. We are dedicated to providing a nurturing and empowering environment for every girl who walks through our doors. That’s why we are embarking on a journey to upgrade our center and make vital modifications that will not only sustain but enhance the level of services we offer.

To achieve these goals, we have identified several key projects that will strengthen and improve our classrooms and counseling spaces. Our focus will be on safety, security, and creating an environment that promotes health and wellness. Additionally, these projects will expand the capacity of our Reach therapy program, allowing us to reach even more girls in Lee County.

With your support, we can transform our center into a haven of growth, healing, and opportunity. Together, we can ensure that every girl in our community has the chance to thrive. Join us on this journey and help us make a lasting impact on the lives of these incredible young women.



Sally Jackson - Campaign Chair
Gail Markham - Board Chair 2007-2011
Sandy Stilwell Youngquist - Board Chair 2012-2015
Diana Willis - Board Chair 2016-2017
Mark Blust - Board Chair 2018-2019
ToniRae Hurley - Board Chair 2020-2021
Mayor Kevin Anderson

Marshall Bower
Donna Caruso
Emily Golden

Gary Griffin

Megan Kohan
Amy McQuagge
Anna “Boots” Tolles
Kellie Urban

Our Needs

Campaign Goal: $1 million
Our capital improvement campaign will cover the costs of these and more:


  • Roof Replacement
  • Secure visitor entrance
  • Intercom system
  • Repair hurricane damaged stucco
  • Interior & exterior cameras
  • Upgrade door security



  • Expand Reach Therapy Suite
  • Replace HVACair intake units
  • Remove exterior trees
  • Upgrade parking lot
  • Install emergency exit gate
  • Replace hurricane damaged carpeting

Pace Programs

Pace Day Program

Pace Reach Program



Your support can be seen in the many stories of success that emerge from our programs. These are stories of girls who have turned their lives around, found their voices, and become leaders in their communities. As we continue to expand our academic, counseling and therapy programming, we do so with the mission of connecting girls with the resources they need to realize their full potential, regardless of who they are, or where they live. 

The impact of Pace goes beyond individual success stories. When girls graduate from high school, pursue higher education, or join the workforce, they break generational cycles of poverty and abuse. They become the leaders, mothers, and community leaders who will shape a brighter future for all of us. Do you have the capacity to invest in the future of your community and the young women who need your help?




For full details on making a gift and available payment options, please contact:

Margo Brewster-Development Manager, or (239) 462-8068.