Mike Fasano gave the PACE Center for Girls a healthy check this week.
The Pasco County Tax Collector and former lawmaker handed $8,126.61 raised through a fundraising drive hosted by his office and supported by staff and the local community.
“Our office was proud to sponsor the PACE Center for Girls,” said Fasano in a statement.
Fasano praised the work of the non-profit, designed to help at-risk middle and high school girls get back on track.
“Many of the young ladies who enter the school have severe education, health and behavior challenges,” continued Fasano. “During their enrollment the dedicated staff, and families who support their loved one, work together to better the lives of the students. The good work the school does is evident by the fact that 91% of the students return to traditional school/ college or continue on in specialized training or gainful employment.”
PACE Executive Director Gail Armstrong accepted the check in a ceremony flanked by two attendees of the local program, Ashley Gonzales and Alyssa Vargas.
“Our partnership with the Tax Collectors’ Office was a wonderful opportunity for us to share the PACE program and its life changing impact on at-risk girls in our community,” said Armstrong. “The funds raised far exceeded our expectations and demonstrates that Pasco County citizens support the mission of PACE and believe that our girls can, and will, fulfill their potential and achieve lifelong success.”