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Van Ryn to Sign Autographs at Dillard's on Friday, July 20

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers D Mike Van Ryn will make a guest appearance at Fondue and Fashion for a Cure on Friday, July 20 at the Dillard’s Department store located at the Galleria Mall from 2-2:30 p.m. At the appearance, Van Ryn will sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans, with a percentage of the day’s sales at Dillard’s being donated to help raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Fondue and Fashion for a Cure will feature activities located on all four floors of Dillard’s exhibiting different types of art, food, sports and entertainment.  On each floor of Dillard’s there will be an art show featuring art from Arts United, Art Serve, Broward Art Guild and State of the Artist with a different organization on each floor.  All varieties of art will be displayed including jewelry art that will be displayed on the manikins located in Dillard’s.  Cookies by Design will be hosting a great American bake sale on the first floor.  They will be selling cookies and other baked goods to the public where all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  At the mall entry on the first floor, the Museum of Science and Discovery will have an exhibit featuring some of their most popular items from the museum.  The first floor of Dillard’s will also feature guest appearances by local professional athletes and media personalities.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fund-raising organization. Visit

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