Features — 23 November 2021
Model males: Meet the 12 Men of Style for 2021

By Robyn A. Friedman

Photography by Andrew Meade and Tyler Molinari

City & Shore Magazine

There’s good news for fans of fashion and philanthropy. Galleria Fort Lauderdale’s Ford Men of Style, presented by Signature Grand and sponsored by City & Shore magazine, is returning to a live format this year after going virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic. That means you’ll be able to cheer for your favorite man of style, and charity, in person again.

On Dec. 2, 12 prominent South Florida men will don fashions from Dillard’s and Macy’s and strut the runway in a fashion show that benefits their favorite charities, in a festive event expected to draw about 700 attendees.

The men, and the charities they represent, are: Tim Bascombe, founder and chief executive officer of The Bascombe Brokerage (representing Broward Public Library Foundation); Eamonn Caulfield, vice president, Transformation Services, of Ultimate Software (representing FLITE Center); Steve Climie, president of South Aviation Group (representing Jack & Jill Children’s Center); Rory Cooksey, director of growth for WheelHouse IT (representing HANDY); Tim Curtin, executive director of community services for Memorial Healthcare System (representing Art and Culture Center Hollywood); Andrew Koenig, chief operating officer of City Furniture (representing Covenant House Florida), Eric Lachs, public information officer for the City of Sunrise (representing Henderson Behavioral Health), Paul Minoff, a shareholder and member of the litigation team at Gray Robinson (representing Leadership Broward Foundation); Aaron Rothenberg, an attorney at Coffey Trial Law (representing Broward Center for the Performing Arts); Matthew Sacco, a government consultant for Rubin Turnbull & Associates (representing History Fort Lauderdale); Jared Smith, chief executive officer of Broward Health Coral Springs (representing Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center); and Reggie Zachariah, a shareholder of Greenberg Traurig (representing Kids In Distress).

“Having 12 different guys that the charities choose brings new life to this event every year,” says Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, where the event will take place. “The guys bring so much to this event, and they really are engaged and excited to represent each of these charities.”

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A previous Men of Style event. (Photo by Mark Gauert)

Last year, the virtual event raised nearly $68,000 for the charities it supports. Milroy hopes to increase that to about $100,000 this year.

Jacey Birch, a news anchor for WPLG’s Local 10 News, will serve as emcee this year. The 15th annual event will include gourmet food from Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Moksha Indian Brasserie, Lips Fort Lauderdale, Cucina Caruso and other restaurants to be announced. An open bar and live entertainment are also on the menu. But the highlight of the evening will be the fashion runway show featuring the Men of Style honorees wearing the season’s top trending styles. An afterparty will be held at Blue Martini.

As an added twist, the 2020 men of style honorees will also take a walk on the runway since they never got to experience the excitement of a live event.

Milroy said that tickets sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale, but that those wanting to show their support can cast online votes for $25 each, with proceeds benefiting the 12 participating charities. These votes will count toward the announcement of the leading man of style based on monetary votes that will be announced during the live event. The winning man of style will receive an additional financial contribution for his designated charity. All votes must be cast online by noon on Dec. 2.

Milroy said all guests will again receive The Galleria’s “Passport of Savings,” which contains incentives from select mall retailers and restaurants.

Event sponsors and contributors include South Florida Ford as the title sponsor, Signature Grand as a presenting sponsor and supporting sponsors Macy’s, Dillard’s, Memorial Healthcare System, GPR | Goodman Public Relations, City & Shore, OutClique, Blue Martini, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Seasons 52 and The Capital Grille.

“There is so much need in Broward County, and this is a really great way for people to come out and support so many different philanthropic efforts within the community at one event,” says Milroy. “We are grateful to South Florida Ford, a proud lead partner of this charitable event, and other loyal sponsors such as Signature Grand, which understands the importance of giving back to the community. With their support, we can produce another memorable and impactful event.”

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Galleria Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Online votes can be cast at galleriamall-fl.com, and you can designate which charity you’d like to support. For information, call 954-564-1036 or visit galleriamall-fl.com.

The Men of Style, 2021

City & Shore asked each of the 12 Men of Style the following question: How are you preparing for your runway debut? Here’s what they said:

Tim Bascombe, founder and chief executive officer of The Bascombe Brokerage (representing Broward Public Library Foundation).

Tim Bascombe

Wardrobe by Macy’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“I’m taking my new role as a model very seriously. I live and breathe modeling these days. My wife, Jamie, times my outfit change from pajamas to business attire every morning. I have gotten a personal trainer at the gym to work on my neck muscles for the perfect ‘look back.’ Also, I cruise up and down the aisles of Whole Foods every day to work on my strut in anticipation of my first (but not last) catwalk appearance.”

Eamonn Caulfield, vice president, Transformation Services, of Ultimate Software (representing FLITE Center).

Eamonn Caulfield

Wardrobe by Dillard’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“I’m working with my marketing team on a campaign to create awareness around the Men of Style event that will hopefully boost the contributions. I’ve been getting advice to go look at videos of past events, but I’ve decided to have my runway experience without any preconceptions. I’m sure like most of the men, I’m planning on avoiding overeating at Thanksgiving so that I don’t have to tell them I need bigger clothes.”

Steve Climie, president of South Aviation Group (representing Jack & Jill Children’s Center).

Steve Climie

Wardrobe by Macy’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“As most people know, I’ve made a career out of walking the catwalk. I’m treating it like any other Thursday modeling session.”

Rory Cooksey, director of growth for WheelHouse IT (representing HANDY).

Rory Cooksey

Wardrobe by Macy’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“Professional models make everything look perfect. I’m going to embrace the fact that we are just regular guys raising money for a good cause and have fun doing it! But in all seriousness, I’m preparing for the catwalk by watching The Devil Wears Prada on repeat.”

Tim Curtin, executive director of community services for Memorial Healthcare System (representing Art and Culture Center Hollywood).

Tim Curtin

Wardrobe by Macy’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“I am working out to be in better shape. I’m also watching YouTube videos on how to look cool on the catwalk. I’m also studying both Zoolander movies!”

Andrew Koenig, chief operating officer of City Furniture (representing Covenant House Florida).

Andrew Koenig

Wardrobe by Dillard’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“Not much prep here other than I’m probably going to do a little more working out and eating a little healthier. Not going to lie. Ha.”

Eric Lachs, public information officer for the City of Sunrise (representing Henderson Behavioral Health).

Eric Lachs

Wardrobe by Banana Republic at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“I’m developing creativity by cooking for the people I love, developing poise by wrestling with my son and developing balance by helping others in the community. I’m participating this year to honor the life-changing work done every day at Henderson Behavioral Health.”

Paul Minoff, a shareholder and member of the litigation team at Gray Robinson (representing Leadership Broward Foundation).

Paul Minoff

Wardrobe by Dillard’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“Having just recently finished shooting some awesome dance moves for my Man of Style promo video [available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z-bOw9P4-M], I am not sure there is much more to do other than raise as much money as possible to bring the Men of Style championship back to Leadership Broward Foundation. With that said, I may work on losing a few pounds and really stepping it up on Dec. 2. I guess everyone will just have to wait and see!”

Aaron Rothenberg, an attorney at Coffey Trial Law (representing Broward Center for the Performing Arts).

 Aaron Rothenberg

Wardrobe by Banana Republic at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“I will be ready for my runway debut! For starters, I plan to binge-watch Zoolander. But, seriously, I am honored to represent Broward Center for the Performing Arts.”

Matthew Sacco, a government consultant for Rubin Turnbull & Associates (representing History Fort Lauderdale).

Matthew Sacco

Wardrobe by Macy’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“I am usually more of a behind-the-scenes person, but History Fort Lauderdale is an incredible cause so it’s worth overcoming my normal shyness. I’ll do my best to bring my own personal style to the catwalk.”

Jared Smith, chief executive officer of Broward Health Coral Springs (representing Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center).

Jared Smith

Wardrobe by Dillard’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“Besides a personal trainer, nutritionist and stylist, I’m also getting up early and hitting the gym too. I will be runway ready!”

Reggie Zachariah, a shareholder of Greenberg Traurig (representing Kids In Distress).

Reggie Zachariah

Wardrobe by Dillard’s at Galleria Fort Lauderdale

“I’m applying to the “The Derek Zoolander Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good and Who Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too” to take a crash course on runway modeling from Professor Derek Zoolander himself. If that doesn’t work, I’ll watch the Zoolander documentary a few times for inspiration to develop my first modeling look and to learn the art of ambiturning.”

 

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