The Heart Gallery continues to give back by helping foster children and the Eat Your Heart Out event benefits the organization every year. This is their 10th year.
By Rachel Galvin
A foodie-favorite, the Eat Your Heart Out event continues to bring in crowds year after year to The Galleria Mall. October 12 marked the 10th year for the event, which includes local restaurants and spirit purveyors. But it’s all for a great cause, The Heart Gallery of Broward County, which works closely with ChildNet and local foster care providers to seek adoptive families and other connections for foster children.
This year, the Heart Gallery honored Michael Goodman as their Child Advocate of the Year. He turned around and donated $5000 back to them. Also honored were photographer Michael Murphy and Galleria General Manager Mark Trouba (Sr. Marketing Manager Melissa Milroy was also noted on the plaque) for their efforts. Mayor Dean Trantalis also presented a proclamation.
The event was emceed by Eric Yutzy, the WPLG Local 10 morning news anchor. There was live music, a silent auction, a Dillard’s pop-up shop, raffle drawings and more.
Some of the new restaurants that were included were Bahama Breeze, Canyon, Funky Buddha, Gulf Stream Distillery, Red Chair Catering, Press and Grind Café, South Bar & Kitchen and YOT Bar & Kitchen. These were in addition to favorites like Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Eddie V’s, The Capital Grille, Hellenic Republic, La Fuga, Lips Fort Lauderdale, Sicilian Oven, Stoli Vodka, Sweeter Days Bake Shop, The Todd’s and Tulio’s Tacos & Tequila Bar.
Sponsors for the event included BBI, Hudson Family Foundation, Alaris Aerospace Systems, Advanced Roofing, Dunay, Miskal, Backman LLP, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Lago Mar Beach Resort, with additional support from Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Las Olas Capital Advisors LLC, RE Analysts, Stoli Group, Toothaker.org, Walter Duke + Partners, Galleria Fort Lauderdale and GPR | Goodman Public Relations. Media sponsors were City & Shore, Fort Lauderdale Media Associates, Great Locations, OutClique and WPLG Local 10.
About Michael Goodman
A trailblazing entrepreneur, community advocate and philanthropist, Goodman is revered for his marketing expertise and outstanding contributions that have left a lasting impact on the community. His commitment to South Florida families includes serving as a board chair for Neighbors 4 Neighbors, the City of Wilton Manors Community Affairs Advisory Board and the City of Oakland Park School Advisory Board. Additionally, he is an honorary board member and past vice-chair of Art and Culture Center/Hollywood and a past board member of Arc Broward, Junior Achievement, Family Central and Gilda’s Club. Goodman’s outstanding contributions have earned him numerous accolades including the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Dreamer Award, the GFLCC 2023 Chair’s Award, the Leadership Broward Foundation Profiles in Leadership Award and more.