Twelve local men representing 12 local charities will work the catwalk Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Galleria's 9th Annual Men of Style Shopping Night.
“The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is the perfect backdrop for this local tradition, which showcases an impressive roster of influential men who have a positive impact on our community,” explains Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager at the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “At the same time, we are excited to help benefit 12 respected charitable organizations during a night of fashion, fun and entertainment.”
Tickets cost $50 for general admission; $100 for VIP (includes wine reception at Truluck's and preferred seating for the fashion show) and $150 for Ultra-VIP (front-row seating, private bar and afterparty at Blue Martini). For more information, call 954-564-1036 or go to GalleriaMall-FL.com.
WSVN-TV's Diana Diaz will host. In addition to the runway show with looks from Dillard's and Macy's, the evening will include dinner-by-the-bite, live entertainment and guests will receive The Galleria’s “Passport of Savings,” which features store incentives from select mall retailers and restaurants. The finale will be a showcase of Papi Underwear's latest collection. Papi Underwear is based in Miami.
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale's lineup of leading men this year are:
Blair Adams, representing Jack & Jill Children’s Center, is the President of Adams Benefit, a family-owned insurance firm. Adams currently sits on the boards of Saint Andrew’s School, Leadership Florida and the Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council. He previously served on the boards of Women in Distress and Leadership Broward Foundation, and has chaired the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Beach Bash. Adams is also a South Florida Business Journal “40 under 40” award winner.
Tim Cronin, representing Leadership Broward Foundation, has more than ten years of banking experience as a vice president at SunTrust Bank. Cronin is a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXXI, board member for both Leadership Broward Foundation and The Broward Partnership and is also a Ghost Light Society member.
Michael Farver, representing Women in Distress, has dedicated his life to making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, especially at-risk and neglected children. He is the Founding Director and President of End Childhood Hunger and presently serves as board member for South Florida Hunger Coalition, Women in Distress, Florida Impact, Siena Heights University and The Farver Foundation. Farver has been awarded the Heart for the Hungry Award by the Cooperative Feeding Program and the American Culinary Federation for his South Florida hunger activism, as well as the National Leadership Award and the National Humanitarian of the Year Award from Share Our Strength.
Ryan Federer is a valued mentor and Corporate Council member of Take Stock in Children, the charity he is representing. Federer is vice president and branch manager for City National Bank of Florida. He has been dedicated to the community and devotes much of his time to educate, mentor and inspire today’s youth through his service at Deliver the Dream, United Way and the YMCA.
Robert LeBlanc, representing Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre (FLCT), has nine years of beverage industry experience working for global companies, including Coca Cola. Currently, LeBlanc serves as Bacardi USA’s Regional Key Account Manager for the State of Florida. Constantly striving to create synergy between his role at Bacardi and the community, Robert has supported many charitable organizations through his efforts, particularly FLCT.
Gerry Litrento, representing Henderson Behavioral Health, is BankUnited's Senior Executive Vice president of Retail and Business Banking. Active in community organizations, Litrento serves as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. In 2013, he chaired the Broward Heart Ball benefiting the American Heart Association. He also holds leadership positions with the Broward Workshop and is past Board Chairman of Junior Achievement of South Florida.
Bradley Minto, representing Broward Center for the Performing Arts, is a partner of Performance Audio/Video, Inc., which specializes in the design and installation of audio/video systems for residential and commercial environments. A past board member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the RiverWalk Trust, Minto currently sits on the Steering Committee for the Ghost Light Society in support of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Steve Nudelberg, representing ArtServe, is a serial entrepreneur whose successful career took flight in the cellular phone industry in the 1980s. As a product of his entrepreneurial spirit, he developed On the Ball, which invests time and talent in emerging businesses to help them grow. He plays an active role in the community through his involvement in Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Commit to Be Fit and the Winterfest Boat Parade.
Stephen Pattison, representing ARC Broward, has been working at Publix since November 2010 and moonlights as a DJ for weddings and community receptions. Pattison was recently a part of a 15-man relay team that carried the Flame of Hope from Athens, Greece, when it arrived in Miami for the Special Olympics World games. He also participates in dances provided by the Plantation Athletic League "Dynamite" program for the 'uniquely-abled'.
Henry Pisano, representing Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, is Corporate Vice President of Player Development at Seminole Gaming. Since 1979, Henry has been focused on elevating the art of the game and refining the total resort experience. An employee mentor, inspiration and legend in the gaming industry, Pisano has been instrumental in assembling an impressive event roster of “who’s who in the sports and entertainment world” at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
Mike Sipe, representing Kids In Distress (KID), is owner of Mike Sipe Entertainmnet, Events & Production and Pure Energy Entertainment. For more than 20 years, Sipe has been providing clients with memorable entertainment experiences throughout South Florida. He currently serves as a board member for Kids In Distress and has been a board member/co-founder for numerous other charitable organizations including Sweet Melissa Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Diabetes Research Institute and the Humane Society.
Michael Wild, representing Handy, is currently the Managing Partner of Wild Felice & Partners, PA. Wild was named Small Business Person of the Year for the City of Plantation, nominated for Man of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and has also been listed in the Wall Street Journal as one of South Florida’s Top Attorneys. Wild serves on the boards of 2-1-1 Broward, Impact Broward, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, the Unsafe Structure Board for the City of Plantation and United Way of Broward County’s Envision Broward.
To date, event sponsors and contributors include: Signature Grand as presenting sponsor, BankUnited, Macy’s, Dillard’s, GPR/Goodman Public Relations, The Capital Grille, ARC Broward Culinary Institute, City & Shore Magazine, WSVN-TV, Dapur Asian Tapas and Lounge, Seasons 52 and Truluck’s.