7th Annual Fashion Gives Back
Hosted by Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors
Zak Mann (Co-Host), Tim Birkenstock (Interim President of Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation), Ricky Patel (Co-Host) with Gabriela Valencia (Honored Patient)

Some of the most fashionable young professionals in South Florida got together last Thursday night during the 7th Annual Fashion Gives Back. The event was hosted by the Nicklaus Children’s Young Ambassadors (NCYA), a group of young professionals who aim to raise funds that benefit the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

“We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of the younger generation of philanthropists in South Florida,” said Tim Birkenstock, Interim President & CEO, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The support of this group of professionals, as well as our committee members and event co-chairs, allows us to come together to support the children and families we serve at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.”

This year’s co-chairs were Ricky Patel and Zak Mann. During a special portion of the event, guests rose to their feet upon seeing one of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s very own patients, Gabriela, walk the runway as the guest of honor.

When Gabriela was born, her parents were surprised to discover that she had cleft lip and palate.

Having to embark on this unannounced health journey with their newborn daughter was not an easy task. However, under the leadership of Dr. Mislen Bauer, Clinical Director of Nicklaus Children's Craniofacial Center, all worries were put to rest. Gabriela underwent multiple surgeries to correct the anomaly and currently enjoys activities such as painting, playing instruments and jumping on the trampoline with her siblings.

“We have an opportunity to create a fun and exciting ambiance, and do a lot of good at the same time,” said Ricky Patel. “Sometimes all it takes is for a few people to help others find ways to give back. Fashion Gives Back was once a small dream that has now turned into an incredible event to help the patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. We can’t wait to make this event better every year.”

The fashion-forward crowd of nearly 400 sipped on crafted cocktails while watching the season’s latest fashion from Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell. The Best Dressed contest, sponsored by Miami Modern Luxury Magazine, took place for the second time and was judged by the publisher of Modern Luxury Miami, Liana Guilarte and Massimo Casagrande of Istituto Marangoni Miami.

The winners of the Best Dressed contest were Jennelle Garcia for Most Glamorous, Jonathan Babicka for Most Dapper and Brook Karnjanasiriwan for Most Creative.

This year’s Fashion Gives Back event presented by Farrell, Patel, Jomarron & Lopez was generously sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell, Miami Design District, Inktel and Babeachka, among others. For more information on next year’s event, visit www.nicklauschildrens.org/fashiongivesback or contact Morgan Waisner at 786-342-1407 or morgan.waisner@nicklaushealth.org.

Massimo Casagrande and Liana Guilarte present Jonathan Babicka (right) with the award for "Best Dressed - Most Dapper"

Alex Mijares and Greta Jimenez

Brook Karnjanasiriwan receives award for "Best Dressed - Most Creative"

Honored patient Gabriela Valencia with her parents

Fashion Gives Back Co-Hosts Zak Mann and Ricky Patel

Model showcasing the World of Saks Fall Collection

Massimo Casagrande and Liana Guilarte present Jenelle Garcia (middle) with an award for "Best Dressed - Most Glamorous"

Ricky Patel (NCYA) presents Alex Mijares with an award
for "Fashion and Philanthropy"

Honored patient Gabriela Valencia receives a standing ovation

Ricky Patel, Alex Mijares and Zak Mann

Tracy Fatow (NCYA), Taylor Peña (NCYA) and Maythe Cristina

Model showcasing the World of Saks Fall Collection

Zak Mann, Tim Birkenstock (Interim President of Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation), Morgan Waisner (Development Associate at Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation) and Ricky Patel

NCYA member Jenelle Garcia walks the runway

Fernando Diez from KC and the Sunshine Band on the saxophone providing some tunes for the night

Group photo of attendees at Fashion Gives Back

Brook Karnjanasiriwan
walks the runway

KC and the Sunshine Band's Fernando Diez on the saxophone

Jeremy Milgroom and Ariel

Honored patient Gabriela Valencia graces the runway

Atif Khan and Masha Shidlovskaya with Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation Executive Directors Michelle Boggs and Michael Mowatt

Jonathan Garcia (NCYA) and Morgan Waisner (Community Outreach Development Associate at Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation)

Massimo Casagrande and guest pose for a picture

Model showcasing the World of Saks Fall Collection

Co-Hosts Ricky Patel and Zak Mann with Dr. Mislen Bauer (Clinical Geneticist & Director of the Cranciofacial Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital)

Honored patient Gabriela Valencia

Morgan Waisner and Gabriela Valencia present awards to co-Hosts Zak Mann and Ricky Patel

NCYA Fashion Gives Back founders Jesmany Jomarron, Ricky Patel, Wesley Farrell and Mario Lopez

Zak Mann high fives honored patient Gabriela Valencia