More than 350 charitable foodies opened their hearts and appetites during the sixth annual Eat Your Heart Out culinary soiree at The Galleria, raising nearly $60,000 for the Heart Gallery of Broward County, a respected not-for-profit committed to finding loving families for the hardest to place foster children, and Broward’s National Adoption Day. A highlight of the delectable event featured Neighbors 4 Neighbors Executive Director Lynne Cameron recognized as Child Advocate of the year, who has made helping children and families her life’s work.

“We are thrilled and proud of the success of our sixth annual Eat Your Heart Out event, supporting children who need a loving home,” said Yvette DuBose, executive director of the Heart Gallery of Broward County. “This collaboration with Broward’s National Adoption Day, The Galleria, top restaurants in the area, sponsors and committed individuals is our largest fundraiser and much needed to fulfill our important mission.”

Eat Your Heart Out attendees enjoyed delicious dishes and libations from a variety of stand-out restaurants such as Angel Elia The Bakery Bar, Blue Martini, Boathouse Restaurant at the Riverside Hotel, Culinary Republic, El Camino, Ethos Greek Bistro, Funky Buddha Brewery, Il Mulino, Myapapaya on the River, New York Grilled Cheese, Ocean Wine & Spirits, Phat Boy Sushi, The Mermaid Bar at Neiman Marcus, Riverside Market, Seasons 52, Sweeter Days Bake Shop, Tarpon River Brewery, The Balcony and Truluck’s. The annual event also featured a silent auction and live entertainment plus wines provided by Wheelhouse and Bianchi.

One of the many highlights of the event was the outstanding roster of celebrity guest servers who offered flavorful bites from the many participating restaurants. Celebrity servers included Austin Bergman/Real Estate, Dan Lindblade/Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Justin Nepola/Nepola Yonta Attorneys at Law, Heather Brinkworth/Broward County Public Schools, City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, Ina Lee/Travelhost Fort Lauderdale, Courtney Crush/Crush Law, Mark Corbett/Gold Coast Magazine, Robert Boo/The Pride Center at Equality Park, Karen Prescod/The BowTie Gurl, Carolyn Burns/Coldwell Banker and Miss South Florida Somer Helwig.

About Heart Gallery of Broward County

The Heart Gallery of Broward County, one of over 100 independent heart galleries across the country, is a respected not-for-profit committed to finding loving families for the hardest to place foster children. The Heart Gallery of Broward County was introduced in 2007 as a traveling photography exhibit of foster children 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. For additional information, or to adopt, volunteer or make a donation, please visit