By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
The 12 South Florida men who’ll don the latest fashions and strut the runway Nov. 30 at a fashion show at The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale know this much:
They’ll be facing a room full of people eagerly awaiting their debut on the catwalk. There’ll be calls for them to vogue, strike a pose and generally “work it’’ from the crowd. (Did we mention there’s a cocktail party before the fashion show begins? Yes, there’s a cocktail party before the fashion show begins.)
And, making all of this worth the “working it,” they’ll each be benefiting their favorite charities during The Galleria’s South Florida Ford 11th Annual Men of Style, presented by Signature Grand and Orchard Supply Hardware.
The men, and the charities they represent, are: Anthony Abbate (ArtServe), Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera (HANDY), Whitney Dutton (Broward Center for the Performing Arts), Luke Freeman (Leadership Broward Foundation), Josiah Graham (Jack & Jill Children’s Center), Jonathan Keith (Henderson Behavioral Health), Scott Kennedy (Women In Distress of Broward County), George Kress (Florida Children’s Theatre), Maj. Nathan Osgood (Kids In Distress), Barry Romeril (Take Stock in Children of Broward County), Tom Shea (Arc Broward) and Ben Wesley (Art and Culture Center/Hollywood).
“Every year, we have a great group of men, and this year, the charities have outdone themselves again,” says Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “This event is special and different from other events because it benefits 12 different charities. That’s the highlight of this event — it brings out the best in our city and county because there’s so much need in so many different areas.”
Last year, the Men of Style Shopping Night raised nearly $65,000 for the charities it supports. Milroy hopes to surpass that number this year through the sale of an increased number of VIP tickets.
Diana Diaz, a news anchor at WSVN, returns to host the runway show this year. The event will also include food, the aforementioned cocktail party and live music.
Tickets are priced at $75 for general admission, which includes an open bar and valet parking; or $150 for VIP tickets, which includes a pre-wine reception at Truluck’s, priority seating for the fashion show, private bar access during the event and an after-party at Blue Martini.
All guests will receive The Galleria’s “Passport of Savings,” which contains incentives from select mall retailers and restaurants.
Event sponsors and contributors include title sponsor South Florida Ford, presenting sponsors Signature Grand and Orchard Supply Hardware, as well as Macy’s, Dillard’s, GPR | Goodman Public Relations, City & Shore Magazine and WSVN-TV.
“South Florida Ford is delighted to align with this established event, which showcases local men who are dedicated to helping others and are so passionate about these worthy causes,” says Allan Young, chairman of South Florida Ford.
The event begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at The Galleria, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets can be purchased at galleriamall-fl.com/men-of-style, and you can designate which charity you’d like to support. For information, call 954-564-1036 or visit galleriamall-fl.com.