Eat Your Heart Out at Galleria Mall

Eat Your Heart Out at Galleria Mall

Photo Credit: Michael Murphy Photography

By Rachel Galvin

Foodies, mark your calendars for October 12, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for the upcoming “Eat Your Heart Out” event at Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale, 2414 E. Sunrise Blvd. This is the 10th anniversary of the fun-raiser and, as usual, will feature gourmet creations, fresh libations and live entertainment. Catabella Music will be this year’s band. They usually offer up a bit of everything from Latin Music to retro hits. Host Eric Yutzy, WPLG Local 10 morning news anchor, will keep the party going as people mix and mingle. The evening will also feature a Dillard’s pop-up shop, a silent auction and raffle drawings for a chance to win valuable prizes, including a weekend getaway for two at the luxurious Beachcomber Resort & Club in Pompano Beach.

The event benefits Heart Gallery of Broward County, an esteemed nonprofit organization dedicated to finding loving families for foster youth facing placement challenges. Michael Goodman, founder of GPR | Goodman Public Relations, will be honored as Heart Gallery of Broward County’s Child Advocate of the Year during the signature event.

This year, there will be new restaurants into the mix, including Bahama Breeze, Canyon, Funky Buddha, Gulf Stream Distillery, Red Chair Catering, Press and Grind Café, South Bar & Kitchen and YOT Bar & Kitchen. These selections join previously announced fine food and wine favorites 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. More restaurants will continue to be announced.

“We are thrilled to get the party started for this year’s ‘Eat Your Heart Out,’ which celebrates our 10th anniversary of the popular event and showcases the very best in food and beverage offerings,” said Dr. Mary Kinirons, executive director of Heart Gallery of Broward County.

The 10th anniversary edition of “Eat Your Heart Out” is sponsored by 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,, Walter Duke + Partners, Galleria Fort Lauderdale and GPR | Goodman Public Relations. Media sponsors are City & Shore, Fort Lauderdale Media Associates, Great Locations, OutClique and WPLG Local 10.

About Heart Gallery

Heart Gallery of Broward County launched in 2007 as a traveling photography exhibit of foster youth who were waiting to be permanently adopted and has evolved to work closely with ChildNet and local foster care providers to seek adoptive families and other connections for these children. Now in its 10th year, this event, the largest and most successful fundraiser that the organization hosts, benefits not only the children, family and partner organizations it serves, but the whole community.

Michael Goodman | Goodman PR

About Michael Goodman

The event includes a special presentation to Michael Goodman, founder of GPR | Goodman Public Relations, named this year’s Child Advocate of the Year. 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.

Tickets are on sale, now, at Early bird tickets are $100 per person through August 30. Tickets are $150 per person. Complimentary valet parking is included. For sponsor opportunities or more details, call 954-918-3008 or email

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