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Common Gents charity working to help boys transition into men

Event Saturday night to feature former NFL stars
Common Gents
Posted at 4:05 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 10:38:39-04

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A new local charity called Common Gents is trying to change what it looks like to be cool.

It is celebrating discipline, hard work, kindness, serving our community and instilling it all in young men in our community.

The group is holding a mother-son dance Saturday night at Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.

Common Gents founder Phillip Smith said the organization is geared to helping boys transition into men.

"Have that advanced copy of what adulthood is going to look like so that they don't have to learn the hard way. Some guys pride themselves on going through the school of hard knocks. Our job is to make sure they don't have to get there," said Smith.

Jessie Monteleone is a local mother attending the dance with her son.

"I tell my children sometimes, if you have good manners, if you're kind, you can have anything you want. And it is an oversimplification, but it some ways it's true," said Monteleone.

Beside reciting a pledge to do better and be better, the young men on Saturday will hear messages from famous athletes like NFL legends Anquan Boldin, Fred Taylor and Jevon Kearse.

Tickets can be purchased at, which includes dinner, DJ and a magician.

They cost $75 for each adult, $50 for the first child, $40 for each additional child.