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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Twelve prominent South Florida men will strut the runway during The Galleria’s 9th Annual Men of Style Shopping Night presented by Signature Grand on Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015. The leading men, each representing one of twelve participating charities are: Blair Adams (Jack & Jill Children's Center), Tim Cronin (Leadership Broward Foundation), Michael Farver (Women in Distress of Broward County), Ryan Federer (Take Stock in Children), Robert LeBlanc (Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre), Gerry Litrento (Henderson Behavioral Health), Brad Minto (Broward Center for the Performing Arts), Steve Nudelberg (ArtServe), Stephen Pattison (ARC Broward), Henry Pisano (Art and Culture Center of Hollywood), Mike Sipe (Kids in Distress) and Michael Wild (HANDY).
“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,” said 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 are priced at $50 for general admission; $100 for VIP, which includes a pre-wine reception at Truluck’s and preferred seating for the runway fashion show; and $150 for Ultra-VIP level, sponsored by BankUnited, which includes front row seating, private bar access during the event and an exclusive after-party at Blue Martini. Men of Style Shopping Night guests will receive The Galleria’s “Passport of Savings,” which features store incentives valued at far more than the cost of the event ticket from select mall retailers and restaurants.
Guests will enjoy an array of delectable food and bar selections and live musical entertainment. The highlight of the evening will be the runway show, which will feature the Men of Style honorees as they take center stage wearing the latest trend-setting fashions from Dillard’s and Macy’s.
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale has announced a stellar lineup of leading men who will strut the runway as part of this year’s Men of Style:
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, along with 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.
Tickets will be sold through the participating charities later this year. For more event information, please call The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale at (954) 564-1036.
About The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, recognized as one of South Florida's premier shopping destinations for its sophisticated level of merchandising and ambiance, is the largest and most upscale regional mall in Broward County. Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Dillard’s anchor the popular center, which also features 100 specialty stores including American Eagle Outfitters, Apple, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Coach, Cole Haan, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Pandora and Pottery Barn. It is also home to Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and a fine roster of dining establishments such as Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Truluck’s, P.F. Chang’s and Blue Martini. Just steps away from Fort Lauderdale’s world famous beach, it is minutes from the airport, port, downtown, hotels and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center with easy access from Sunrise Boulevard, U.S. Highway 1 (Federal Highway), Interstate 95, Interstate 595, and U.S. Highway A1A (Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard). Located at 2414 East Sunrise Blvd., it is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun. Restaurants enjoy later hours. More information is available by calling (954) 564-1036 or at www.galleriamall-fl.com.
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