By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
Peter Moore is well aware of the stereotypes people have about professional engineers.
“People have a pretty firm idea that engineers wear glasses, have a pocket protector and wear a short-sleeve shirt with a tie,” says Moore, president and chief executive officer of Chen Moore and Associates, an engineering-consulting firm in Fort Lauderdale. “I’m always trying to get out there to break the stereotypes of what engineers look like and act like.”
Moore had his chance Nov. 29, when he joined 11 other South Florida men – all in the latest fashions from Macy’s and Dillard’s – in a runway show benefiting their favorite charities, during The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s 12th Annual South Florida Ford Men of Style presented by Signature Grand. The event raised a record-breaking $95,000 for local charities.
“We have infrastructure crises in this country, and it’s really important that engineers’ voices get heard,” Moore says. “That outweighs whether I make a jerk of myself on stage.”
This year’s “Men of Style,” and the charities they represent, were: Bob Becker (Kids In Distress), Heiko Dobrikow (Covenant House Florida), Andrew Heller (Jack & Jill Children’s Center), Ricardo Moncada (HANDY), Peter Moore (Leadership Broward Foundation), George Moraitis (Henderson Behavioral Health), John Passalacqua (Art and Culture Center/Hollywood), Stefan Pastor (Take Stock in Children of Broward County), William Peters (Florida Children’s Theatre), Cam Rogers (Fort Lauderdale Historical Society), Max Rudolf (Broward Center for the Performing Arts) and Alex Zatik (Arc Broward).
“We are thankful for the overwhelming and continued support of this signature event, which hosted a record-breaking attendance and raised more than $95,000 for local charities,” said Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “The Galleria is a staple in the community and we look forward to hosting this local tradition and others for years to come.”
The amount raised at this year’s event exceeded last year’s, which raised more than $82,000 for the charities it supports.
Diana Diaz, a news anchor at WSVN, returned to host the runway show. The event also included gourmet food selections, an open bar and live entertainment.
VIP tickets, which included a pre-event wine reception at Truluck’s, priority seating for the fashion show, private bar access during the event and an after-party at Blue Martini, sold out within 15 minutes. All guests also received The Galleria’s “Passport of Savings,” which contained incentives from select mall retailers and restaurants.
Event sponsors and contributors include South Florida Ford as the title sponsor, presenting sponsor Signature Grand and supporting sponsors Macy’s, Dillard’s, GPR | Goodman Public Relations, City & Shore magazine, Chen Moore and Associates, The Capital Grille, Truluck’s, Blue Martini and HealthGains.
“This event supports 12 charities, and people can support whichever charity they want,” Milroy says. “It really has become one of the hallmark events of the season.”
For information, call 954-564-1036 or visit galleriamall-fl.com.
PHOTO: Ricardo Moncada, Stefan Pastor, Bob Becker, Andrew Heller, William Peters, Diana Diaz, Melissa Milroy, Max Rudolf, John Passalacqua, George Moraitis, Alex Zatik, Cam Rogers, Heiko Dobrikow and Peter Moore.
Photo Credit: Michael Murphy Photography