Pace Center for Girls, Lee County to host 2021 Grande Dames Tea on March 11
Virtual event to honor Naomi Bloom, Mariel Goss and Robin Krivanek
By: Pace Center for Girls, Lee County
Pace's annual Grande Dames Tea honors women who exemplify the organization's guiding principles and have made an impact through their roles in business, community and philanthropy. The inspirational event recognizes the unique perspectives and powerful insights that these women have gained in life, and honorees will share their wisdom during a Q&A session led by the young women of Pace. The virtual program will be complemented with a performance by the Pace girls and prize drawings.
"We invite the community to join us for an afternoon of inspiration as we recognize our community's most revered women – this year with a virtual twist," said Meg M. Geltner, executive director at Pace Center for Girls, Lee County. "This time-honored Pace tradition celebrates the female spirit while recognizing the wisdom that comes with time, and learning from these women's lives is an unforgettable opportunity."
Presented by the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, the 13th annual Grande Dames Tea event will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. Virtual tickets are $15 per person. A virtual tea party sponsorship is $500 and includes virtual streaming access for eight people, recognition during the livestream and a tea party kit with tea, dessert and handmade gifts from the Pace girls. Proceeds from the event benefit Pace and its strength-based, gender-specific programs that guide Pace girls in finding their voice and achieving their potential.
In her half-century career, Bloom changed fundamentally the architectural foundations of human resource management software, launched her own consultancy, Bloom & Wallace, in 1987, worked through several generations of technology evolution, and became the leader of her field before retiring in 2018.
Moving to the island in the early 1970s, Goss sought to create a way for their children to get to and from elementary school safely. She formed the Sanibel Bike Path Committee dedicated to the creation of a paved bike path on Sanibel.
Krivanek has been a voice of action in government and community as the first woman to be elected as Supervisor of Elections in Hillsborough County. She held this position for 18 years and championed efforts to re-envision the voter registration and polling processes.
To register and learn more about the event, visit www.PaceCenter.org/