SPADA-thon breaks record with $33,300 in funds raised for nonprofits
Fundraiser exceeds record by $10,000 and number of dresses collected for charity
Judy Williams, co-owner of SPADA Salon & Day Spa along with her husband, Andrew, hosted the spa’s annual fundraiser, SPADA-thon, on Tuesday, May 24. The entire staff of SPADA donated its time to the fundraiser.
Surpassing all records, the event raised $33,300 for PACE Center for Girls, Lee; the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida; and Valerie’s House of Hope.
Admission to the event was a new or gently-worn dress to be donated to Love That Dress! — an annual shopping extravaganza that last year raised more than $120,000 for PACE Center for Girls.Five hundred dresses were collected at this year’s SPADA-thon for the Love That Dress! event, which is set for Aug. 24.
The $33,300 raised at this year’s SPADA-thon surpasses by more than $10,000 last year’s record-setting $23,000. The 2015 funds were split between Golisano Children’s Hospital and PACE Center for Girls. This year, Valerie’s House of Hope was added as a recipient of a portion of the proceeds.
The Williamses purchased SPADA in 2011 and, with their staff, developed a culture of giving back to our community. “Everyone volunteers at our annual event, SPADA-thon,” Williams said.
Earlier in May, Williams was named Business Advocate of the Year for her dedication and contributions invested back into the Southwest Florida nonprofit community. This inaugural award was presented by the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University (fsbdcswfl.org) and recognizes a small- to mid-sized Southwest Florida business for outstanding success.
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SPADA Salon & Day Spa raises thousands of dollars for area organizations
PACE Center for Girls and Golisano Children’s Hospital will benefit from SPADA-thon
SPADA Salon & Day Spa is pleased to announce that SPADA-thon, an annual event to support PACE Center for Girls, Lee and the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, raised $23,000 for the two worthy organizations, with $11,500 going to each organization, and collected 300 dresses to be sold at Love That Dress! on August 26th at the Embassy Suites in Estero.
Guests enjoyed specially priced salon services, a silent auction, fashion boutique vendors, food, wine and music, all while raising money for the two groups. Admission to the event was one or more new or gently used dress, handbag, accessory or shoes to be sold at Love That Dress! or a $5.00 donation.
This year’s event raised a record amount of money. SPADA owners Judy and Andrew Williams are thrilled with the amount of money raised. Judy said, “We were determined to make it another record-breaking year, and to have raised over $23,000 is phenomenal. We are so glad that we can do this for these two great organizations and look forward to making it even better next year.”
SPADA is grateful to the following companies, who sponsored this year’s exciting fundraiser: SS Hookers and CONRIC PR & Marketing, Gold Sponsors; Siesta Pebble, Silver Sponsor; and Bronze Sponsors: The Home Mag; Duane Cheney with Raymond James; Your Walking Billboard; Mike and Dawn Sullivan with State Farm; Jason’s Deli; New Beginnings; Priority Payment Services and HBKS Wealth Advisors.
PACE Center for Girls provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. The Center offers year round counseling and academic services for girls, ages 12-18, who are facing challenges such as foster care, domestic violence abuse and neglect, death of a parent, substance abuse, and/or family history of incarceration. For more information, visit www.pacecenter.org.
The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida will open in 2017 on the grounds of HealthPark Medical Center. The hospital will provide 128 beds with the ability to expand to 160, including 36 pediatric acute care beds, 64 neonatal ICU beds and 16 pediatric ICU beds, as well as a plethora of other much-needed services. For more information, visit www.leememorial.org.