The Gardens Mall event to benefit Panther’s Closet

August 2017

The Gardens Mall is teaming up with Palm Beach State College Aug. 30 to benefit Panther’s Closet, a thrift-style store for students.

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The mall is hosting “Cocktails for a Cause” from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Nordstrom Court. The event is open to the public. Admission is the donation of gently used clothing for adults or children. Attendees can RSVP at

Panther’s Closet opened in March in a refurbished classroom on the PBSC Lake Worth campus. Students in the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College run Panther’s Closet as part of a one credit hour service-learning course offered each semester. The store sells new and gently used clothes, shoes and accessories for $1, and the College uses the money toward student needs. It is open to current students at all PBSC campuses.

“We heard about the need, and we wanted to do our part and give back locally,’’ said Lindsay Leffler, special event and PR director for The Gardens Mall. “Between our retailers and our community partners, we felt that we would be able to contribute to the Panther’s Closet.” Brio Tuscan Grille is providing the light hors d’Oeuvres.

Marcella Montesinos, manager of the Honors College who oversees the Panther’s Closet, said the benefit comes at a good time with fall classes now back in session and more students on campus. “We appreciate the Gardens Mall and its efforts to help serve our students. Students who shop at Panther’s Closet and those who serve there are excited about it, and we are delighted to provide this resource.”

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