Features — 23 November 2021
The Men of Style return for a live – and record-breaking – night

By Robyn A. Friedman

Photography by Andrew Meade and Tyler Molinari

City & Shore Magazine

There was good news for fans of fashion and philanthropy Thursday night at the first live Men of Style event in two years.

The Galleria Fort Lauderdale’s Ford Men of Style, presented by Signature Grand and sponsored by City & Shore magazine, returned to a live – and record breaking – format this year after going virtual in 2020 due to the pandemic. That meant the 700 guests were able to cheer for their favorite man of style, and charity, in person again.

“How excited are we to be back in person for events?”said Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, said to a roaring crowd. “It’s been a long two years – thank you, thank you to everybody for being here tonight.”

The 12 prominent South Florida men then donned fashions from Dillard’s and Macy’s and strutted the runway in a sometimes raucous fashion show that benefited their favorite charities. In all, the event raised over $200,000, Milroy said, surpassing the then-record $95,000 set in 2019 just before the pandemic set in.

The men, and the charities they represent, were: 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 GrayRobinson (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,” Milroy said before the show. “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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The scene as the Men of Style returns live. (Photo by Mark Gauert)

Last year, the virtual event raised nearly $68,000 for the charities it supports.

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

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

Tickets to the event sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale, Milroy said, but those wanting to show their support could also cast online votes for $25 each, with proceeds benefiting the 12 participating charities. As many has 1,250 guests have attended the event pre pandemic, but organizers decided to limit this year’s event to 700.

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 magazineOutClique, 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,” Milroy said before the show. “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.”

Meet 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 GrayRobinson (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.”

 

Main photo: Courtesy.

- Mark Gauert also contributed to this report

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