History Fort Lauderdale, proud steward of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, has announced Kelley Shanley, president and CEO of Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Galleria Fort Lauderdale, represented by Melissa Milroy, senior marketing manager, and Mark Trouba, general manager, both esteemed leaders with a remarkable 30-year tenure at the mall, as honorees for its 27th annual History Makers fundraiser set for November. This yearly special event, taking place at Galleria Fort Lauderdal recognizes individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the growth of the City of Fort Lauderdale. “We are honored to recognize these History Makers that have made a lasting impact upon Broward County,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “Because of their leadership, philanthropy and vision for the future, we salute them and are excited to put the spotlight on their success.” Kelley Shanley will be honored as this year’s History Maker for his remarkable achievements during his 25-year tenure at the Broward Center. Under Shanley’s leadership, the Broward Center expanded its reach and impact, focusing on education and community engagement. He oversaw the $30 million revitalization of the iconic Parker Playhouse, invested in an award-winning partnership with Broward County Public Schools, and completed the ambitious $60 million Encore! project, transforming the entire Broward Center campus resulting in an increase of more than 110,000 annual visits and $14 million in additional revenue each year. Shanley has been widely recognized for his arts and business impact in South Florida, receiving honors such as the Carbonell Awards’ George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, the Downtown Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s Downtowner of the Year, and accolades from the South Florida Business Journal, Leadership Broward Foundation and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Zeiler added, “Under Kelley Shanley’s leadership, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has expanded and transformed into a cultural jewel, fueling our region’s arts and economic growth.” Galleria Fort Lauderdale, one of South Florida’s premier shopping destinations, will receive History Fort Lauderdale’s Legacy Business Award. With a rich history that dates back to its inception as the Sunrise Shopping Center in 1954, Galleria Fort Lauderdale, over the years, has transformed into an enclosed mall, captivating shoppers, diners, and socializers, alike. Under its present management, Galleria Fort Lauderdale has become a valuable community ally, hosting impactful historical exhibits, charitable fundraisers, educational initiatives, and special events. The mall has contributed over $1.5 million to organizations such as History Fort Lauderdale, Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Kids in Distress, Leadership Broward Foundation, ArtServe, HANDY, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and Henderson Behavioral Health, among other community causes. “The landmark Galleria Fort Lauderdale, represented by Melissa Milroy and Mark Trouba, continues to be a valuable ally, uniting the community and supporting charitable causes. Together, we are building a vibrant cultural landscape and preserving our rich history,” shared Zeiler.