By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
Yes, you will be able to root for your man – or men – this year at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s annual Men of Style event. You’ll just have to do it from afar to comply with social distancing and health guidelines.
The 14th annual event, which moved online Oct. 7 from the traditionally raucous live runway show at The Galleria, has already started and will continue through Dec. 3. During that time, supporters will have an opportunity to cast a vote directly for their favorite Man of Style, each representing 11 Broward County charities. On Dec. 3 at 5 p.m., the event culminates in a live virtual event that will announce the leading man based upon the votes and will include live entertainment as well.
“We made the decision to take it virtual, to be smart, based on the size of the event,” says Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “It was a tough decision, but I feel that we made the right one, and the charities are really happy with how we’re moving forward.”
This year’s lineup of influential and philanthropic men, and the charities they represent, are: Alan Goldsmith (Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center), Alexander Star (Kids In Distress), Ben Sorenson (FLITE Center), David Kofsky (Art and Culture Center/Hollywood), Gary Ruderman (Leadership Broward Foundation), Harley R. Miller (Henderson Behavioral Health), Jason Wetherington (Covenant House Florida), Nick Matthews (Broward Public Library Foundation), Ryan Bunes (Florida Children’s Theatre), Casey Swercheck (Jack & Jill Children’s Center) and Ty Richardson, Ph.D. (HANDY).
“Obviously, the event will be different this year,” Milroy says of Men of Style, which has attracted more than 1,000 spectators some years. “It won’t be someone walking the runway, but it still allows individuals to support their charity for a significantly less amount of money than what it typically costs to go to the event.”
The event, co-sponsored by City & Shore magazine, raised nearly $100,000 last year for the charities it supports. Milroy hopes that each charity raises at least $5,000 this year.
Votes are $25 each, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefits the 11 participating charities. The winning Man of Style will receive an additional financial contribution from various sponsors for his designated charity.
“I’m proud of The Galleria’s commitment to the community,” Milroy says. “The fact that we’re still able to do something in these challenging times shows how much we care.”
For more information, or to vote, visit galleriamall-fl.com, or follow The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale on Facebook for updates at @GalleriaFtLauderdale.
Gallery (PHOTOS by Andrew Meade and Ty Molinari)
representing Jack &
Jill Children’s Center.
Fashion from Dillard’s.
Fashion from Dillard’s.
House Florida. Fashion
Harley R. Miller,
In Distress. Fashion
Fashion from Macy’s.
FLITE Center. (PHOTO courtesy)
representing the Art
and Culture Center/
Hollywood. (PHOTO courtesy).