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Palm Beach Illustrated–Real Men Wear Pink

February 1, 2014

Breast cancer is not just a woman’s cause. Just ask the Men in Pink, an allmale group committed to promoting the mission of Susan G. Komen South Florida. One local personality, Rocco Mangel of Rocco’s Tacos fame, has taken on the challenge full force. In November, Mangel presented Susan G. Komen’s South Florida and Central Florida chapters with $20,000 and $10,000, respectively—all proceeds from his “Tacos & Tatas” campaign, which donated a percentage of proceeds of funds from Taco Tuesday sales in October. In 2014, Rocco hopes to increase his efforts tenfold and get others involved with the Men in Pink. Rocco spoke withPBI about his involvement with the organization. (561-514-3020, komensouthflorida.org)

HOW DID YOU FIRST BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE MEN IN PINK AND SUSAN G. KOMEN SOUTH FLORIDA?

I get on the bar and I pour tequila [at Rocco’s Tacos]. My girlfriend’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, and I know a lot of people who are breast cancer survivors. I figured that October is breast cancer month, so why not raise money when I pour the tequila? Instead of pouring it for free, I’ll take donations.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE GROUP GROW?

I just think there needs to be more awareness for the Men in Pink. I don’t think that people really know what it’s all about. It needs someone to headline it. Hopefully, I can put my best foot forward this year and get some really good committee members to put together events and make the awareness happen.

HOW CAN OTHERS CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAUSE?

Time is money. This year, particularly, I saw a lot of outpouring when I did my breast cancer fundraiser—it really touches a lot of lives in so many different ways. Any way that somebody can give is good; it doesn’t necessarily have to be monetary.

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