Fashion helps fight disease
Anastasia in her showroom The Fashion Art Ball 2001 to benefit the fight against cystic fibrosis aimed to display the best South Florida has to offer.

At the Bath Club in Miami Beach, the open-air party Friday night featured some of the best-known local restaurants, a variety of Floridian art and, of course, Miamišs trendy fashion. "This is a good combination for South Florida," said Roy Aron von Hansen, co-founder of the event. "It all goes together. Art and fashion combine for a charitable cause."

Anastasia "The Great", performed Friday during the Fashion Art Ball; a party raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and showoff some of the areašs best restaurants, art and fashion. There was also a silent auction, which included round-trip tickets to anywhere in Europe.

The idea a gala with a silent auction plus a fashion show to collect money to benefit cystic fibrosis research.

Auction items sold for as little as $95 for a gift certificate to a beauty salon and as much as $3,600 for two round-trip tickets to the destination of the buyeršs choice within Europe.

But traffic around the silent auction paled in comparison to activity around the food and drink samples. At the open courtyard, between palm trees and artifi-cial bubbles, lines formed to sample Le Brasserie Les Walles' escargot with butter and garlic or The 55 Restaurant's crepes with oxtail and spinach. "Good food, good art, models ‹ this illustrates what Miami is all about," said David Sorian as he savored the food from Caffe Cappuccino.

Guests ‹ some with tattooed arms, evening gowns, turquoise feathered boas and even the stylish little black dress ‹ seemed happy to have paid $75 to participate.

"If this is a way to help" said Paulette Rolandes as she tried The Forgešs creme brulee, "then bring in another one of these."

Organizers of the event, which sold 348 tickets, expected to raise at least $30,000, said Tern Wallace, executive director for the South Florida Cystic Fibrosis Association. Over the past two years, the event has funded almost $80,000 in cystic fibrosis research.

Howard Austin Feld, another co-founder of the event, said he was satisfied with the galašs success "This event has moved to another level," he said. "It had undergone a tremendous growth, it has received a tremendous support. I just hope it continues to go up."