PACE Center for Girls Honored at Diamond Volunteer Award Reception

PACE Center for Girls of Collier County Florida was honored by Kelly E. Capolino, founder of the Diamond Volunteer Awards program, on January 22, 2015.

Naples, FL, January 30, 2015 --( PACE Center for Girls, Collier was honored by the Diamond Volunteer Awards program on January 22, 2015. The private reception, along with awards presentation, was held at the Naples Art Association’s von Liebig Art Center.

Kelly E. Capolino P.A., a Naples real estate professional with Keating Associates and founder of the Diamond Volunteer Awards program, presented PACE Center for Girls with a 2015 Diamond Volunteer Award for the valuable contributions their organization and volunteers make “believing in girls” and providing an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. Marianne Kearns, Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of all those involved.

PACE also chose to recognize Libby Fero at the reception Thursday evening. As a volunteer with PACE for the past four years, Fero served as last year’s Chair for the annual PACE fundraiser, Love That Dress!, and was invited to join the PACE Collier Board of Directors as the youngest member and most experienced with the annual event.

“Libby will do anything for the girls at PACE. She thinks big and doesn’t give up on her goals or ideas,” said PACE Executive Director, Marianne Kearns. “She demonstrates what it means to be a leader, builds rapport with others and is not afraid to ask for necessary resources. She is truly deserving of this recognition.”

Capolino explained during the award presentation that each non-profit, Diamond Volunteer award winner is chosen based on the application that best exemplifies exceptional volunteer dedication and extraordinary positive influence in the community. She was inspired to create the awards program six years ago after getting involved as a volunteer herself with multiple local charities. Three organizations are chosen each year for the award.

PACE Center for Girls, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation that provides a non-residential delinquency prevention program in locations state wide, targeting the unique needs of females 12 to 18 who are identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent, or in need of academic skills. PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) accepts referrals from the juvenile justice system, the Department of Children and Families, school personnel, community services agencies, parents, family members, friends and self-referrals. Its purpose is to intervene and prevent school withdrawal, delinquency, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and welfare dependency in a safe and nurturing environment. PACE programs provide the following services: academic education, individualized attention, a gender-specific life management curriculum (SPIRITED GIRLS®), therapeutic support services, parental involvement, student volunteer service projects and transition follow-up services.

For more information about PACE Center for Girls, Inc. – Collier, call 239-842-5406 or visit

For more information about the Diamond Volunteer Awards and Program, contact Kelly E. Capolino at 239-877-6700 or 239-262-6606 ext. 319 or

About Kelly Capolino: As a top producing real estate listing and sales professional in Naples, Capolino has earned multiple designations for her stellar performance over the past 18 years. Her expertise in real estate is far reaching – including luxury homes, acreage and investment properties, and renovation opportunities. She draws upon her prior experience as a general contractor to help her clients attain the best value whether in a purchase or sale.

In addition to her busy real estate career, Capolino is also well-known for her community involvement with numerous local non-profit organizations. Capolino is the founder of the Diamond Volunteer Program; a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County; Chairperson of the Junior Women of Initiative mentoring program; and a Steering Committee Member of the Women’s Initiative Network. She is also the co-founder and presenter of the annual Thinking Outside the Box seminar for non-profits and serves as a volunteer for The American Red Cross and many other local non-profit organizations.

For more information about Keating Associates or Kelly E. Capolino, please visit their office located in Naples at 850 5th Avenue South or call 239-877-6700. You may also connect online at or at
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