‘Bespoke on the Boulevard’ event to raise funds for artists, veterans, Wounded Warrior Project


The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach and Dr. Arun Gulani of The Gulani Vision Institute are planning a stylish fundraiser that will benefit area artists and veterans who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic as well as the Wounded Warrior Project and its partner agencies.

“Bespoke on the Boulevard” will feature Gulani’s personally re-designed and curated selection of gently used men’s and women’s suits collected from local business leaders and philanthropists.

The fundraiser will feature recipients receiving the suit donations. It will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17, at The Gulani Vision Institute, 8075 Gate Pkwy. W., Suites 102 and 103 in Jacksonville. The event is free and open to the public.

Known as the “da Vinci of eye surgery,” Gulani is founding director and chief eye surgeon of the internationally renowned Gulani Vision Institute, where he has pioneered NextGen LASIK and custom cataract surgery with patients from throughout the world.

With more than 30 years of experience, Gulani is the founder of breakthrough technologies and award-winning inventions, research, publications and protocols establishing the world’s first cataract surgery spa in Jacksonville as a global destination.

Gulani is also known as “Dr. GQ” for his global fashions and exotic fabrics, which come from his Jacksonville design studio and around the world with unique creations, including the men’s and women’s business suits for the fundraiser.

Clothing donations were gathered from patrons at their residences along Ponte Vedra Boulevard and nearby neighborhoods. The concept of “Bespoke on the Boulevard” originated during the planning of this year’s Beaches — A Celebration of the Arts annual fundraising event held on May 23 at The Surf Club Patio at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The event raised $81,000 to support educational programs at the Cultural Center.

The Cultural Center has served as a gathering place to learn, experience and appreciate the arts and culture in its many forms for more than 26 years, according to Donna Guzzo, president and executive director.

Opportunities for adults, children and families are available through classes, exhibits, programs and music-therapy services for children with special needs. All activities and memberships are open to the public while generating funds for the nonprofit and providing positive economic impact in the region through support for local businesses, individuals and nonprofits.

For further information, call 904-280-0614 ext. 1202. Go to www.ccpvb.org.

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is located at 3972 Third St. S. in Jacksonville Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with after-hour appointments available.