APSMC Instructor/Job Coach Lynne Casamayor, far left front, Executive Director Billy Davis, second from right, and City Multimodal Transportation Coordinator Ryan Stachurski, far right, interact at City Hall with some of the 2022 Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment Program interns, from far left back, Angelina Foster, Savanah Chadic, Tinalanaya Watson, Marsha Francois, Justin Gartenmayer, Romanoli Moreau, and Daisy Fernandez-Virgen. (Photo: Carol Tedesco/APSMC.org)

March 25 Lilly Pulitzer Event to Benefit A Positive Step of Monroe County

On Saturday, March 25, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, the Lilly Pulitzer shop at 600 Front Street in Key West will donate 10% of all sales to A Positive Step of Monroe County to help fund the organization’s 2023 Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment program.

The Southernmost city and the Lilly Pulitzer brand share a colorful historic relationship, as the late celebrated Key West artist and sculptor Suzie dePoo (Agnes Helen Zuzek dePoo) created many of the whimsically imaginative and colorfully original fabric art designs that spearheaded the Lilly Pulitzer sensation.  On March 25, shoppers can support a great program while lifting their spirits among a vibrant array of classic “Lilly” dresses, tops, shorts, jumpsuits, swimwear and accessories available at the Key West shop.

The Idle Hands Summer Youth Employment program was founded by A Positive Step of Monroe County and is operated by APSMC in partnership with the City of Key West. APSMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been serving Monroe County’s highest risk kids and their families since 1999. Since 2010, the organization has partnered with the City to provide motivating and engaging summer jobs for Key West High School students. Each year, the City has provided the jobs as well as $35,000.00 towards the approximately $70,000 payroll required to pay the students and one APSMC staff person. APSMC raises the remainder of the budget with the support of individuals, community organizations, and local businesses such as Lilly Pulitzer.

“We are very grateful to Key West’s Lilly Pulitzer for their annual fundraising in support of our “Idle Hands” program, which not only teaches our teen participants important work and social skills, but helps to devitalize old patterns of low expectations, helping to launch these fantastic kids into a better life,” said APSMC founder and executive director Billy Davis.

For more information about the Lilly Pulitzer fundraiser for APSMC, contact Mark Rotella at [email protected]. For more information about APSMC and its various community support programs, contact executive director Billy Davis at [email protected] or visit apsmc.org.

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