The 3rd annual Red Hot & In Style hosted by The Village Pub was held on Wednesday, May 20 and was an opportunity for members of the LGBT community to bid on some of South Florida’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, while helping families who are dealing with serious illness.


More than 200 guests attended the benefit for Deliver the Dream, which was emceed by Electra and featured local men and women who bravely put themselves on the auction block. Each bachelor and bachelorette offered an exciting first date package to the highest bidder, such as a private yacht tour, relaxing spa day, tickets to the Lisa Lampanelli show, theater tickets, a fun LIPS package, pottery painting class and many other exciting outings. Pumping out the beats that evening was DJ Andrew Fiacco.


Our bachelorettes this year were Shannon DeFreitas (local fire fighter and artist), Jennifer Coslow (committee member), Joanis Duran (Style Candy Boutique owner) and Alexis Couture (LIPS).


Our bachelors included Jonny Torenzi (realtor), Yuri Andrei (artist), Eddie Neimann (SFGN), Roger Roa (Pride Center), Tom Runyan (lawyer), Erick Eldridge (Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino), Drew Miller (life coach/yoga teacher), Shane Cullinan (Village Pub), Alan Gingras (HotSpots), Andrew LaRochelle (HotSpots) and Frank Campisano (dancer).


The evening also featured a silent auction with a variety of items, liquor pyramid game for guests to try their luck at winning a liquor or wine bottle to take home and a raffle for a 2-night Key West stay at Alexander’s.


All proceeds from the event will fund Deliver the Dream’s specialized Family Retreat Program, serving families living with HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other life-changing illnesses and crises.Deliver the Dream doesn’t define the family unit and is proud to serve the gay and lesbian families in this community. Retreats happen every month, each inviting up to 15 families, free of charge, to get away from the stress of their everyday lives and connect with other families living with similar circumstances.


We are so happy with how the entire Wilton Manors community – gay and straight – came out to support this event,” said Paul Withrow, Executive Director. “It takes a village to make our mission possible, and the generosity of our community helps us make a significant difference in the lives of countless families in crisis.”


The event was made possible through the generosity of sponsors: Neighborhood Market by Walmart, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Alpine Jaguar, Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Principal Financial Group, Iberia Bank, PNC Bank, Gray Robinson, Sterling Tax and Accounting Services, Fred’s Security Services, Linda’s Idea, American Fine Wine Competition, Hot Spots, SFGN, Mark’s List and OutClique.