Sawgrass Mills, one of the world’s most popular shopping destinations and the largest outlet, value retail and entertainment center in the United States, is proud to announce the seven esteemed community leaders to be recognized during its “Role Models” fundraiser on Thursday, October 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. under the stars at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills. This event marks Sawgrass Mills’ 20th anniversary and will also coincide with “Gator Glam” presented by Billie Swamp Safari, a juried exhibition/auction of seven foot-tall whimsical alligator sculptures embellished by leading artists, to benefit Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.

“Role Models” will pay tribute to the community’s most valuable assets during an evening of fun and glamour with delicious food and spirits, live entertainment, an awards presentation, silent auction and more. Prominent honorees include Andrew Cagnetta; G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D.; Laura Finley; Sherry Friedlander; Jen Klassens; Neil Goldberg; and George Platt. These distinguished men and women have been selected by the participating charities based on the honoree’s continued commitment to philanthropic causes and the positive impact they have had on the lives of their friends and neighbors.

“We are honored to once again present this prominent event, which will recognize the immeasurable impact that these select individuals have had in support of some very worthy causes,” said Carol Henderson, director of marketing and business development of Sawgrass Mills.  “We remain committed to the South Florida community and look forward to years and years of more great shopping and our involvement with vital non-profit organizations.”

Sawgrass Mills’ Role Models provides local charities the opportunity to raise much needed funds for vital community programs. Ticket sales will benefit A Child Is Missing, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Broward Public Library Foundation, Cooperative Feeding Program, Hospice Care of Southeast Florida, No More Tears, Starlight Children’s Foundation and The Neil Goldberg Dream Foundation.

Sponsors to date include Billie Swamp Safari, Tag Heuer, CBS 4 and Neighbors 4 Neighbors. Tickets to “Role Models” are $50 per person, with 100% of proceeds to benefit the participating organizations. For more information, please contact Bitner Goodman at (954) 730-7730.

The 20th anniversary coincides with the fall/winter grand opening of The Outlet Store-Bloomingdale’s.  It also symbolizes the destination’s continued growth over the years, including the recent expansion of The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills with new luxury retail outlets such as Canali, Tag Heuer, Giorgio Armani General Store, Tommy Bahama’s Outlet, Tumi and True Religion Brand Jeans, plus Villagio offering another great dining experience for shoppers

About Sawgrass Mills

Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet, value retail and entertainment destination in the United States, provides the ultimate shopping experience with more than 350 name-brand outlet and off-price retail stores, plus two major food courts, six full-service restaurants and innovative entertainment venues such as  Wannado City, GameWorks and Regal Sawgrass Stadium 23 with IMAX Theatre.  The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills and The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills enhance the center’s popularity with outdoor dining and shopping. Millions of visitors annually enjoy stores such as Coach Factory Store, Escada Company Store, Hugo Boss Outlet Store, Lacoste Outlet, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Stuart Weitzman, Theory, PUMA Outlet, The Gap Outlet, plus anchor stores such as Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Neiman Marcus Last Call.

Sawgrass Mills is located at 12801 West Sunrise Blvd in Sunrise, Fla. at the crossroads of West Sunrise Boulevard and Flamingo Road, just 10 miles west of Fort Lauderdale and approximately 30 minutes from Miami and Palm Beach. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 11 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sun. Restaurants enjoy later hours.  For more information on Sawgrass Mills, please call (954) 846-2350 or visit and

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