Hey everyone!  Travis back with one of my absolute favorite Tampa Bay area events of the year!  Local celebrities will once again be escorting some of Tampa’s finest models in the seventh annual "Fashion Funds the Cure," benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

From 6pm to 9pm on Tuesday, March 9, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE (the one at Westshore Plaza) will close for a private evening of shopping, dining and an exclusive fashion show premiering some of spring’s hottest styles. 

Some of the girls featured throughout the fashion show will model much more than clothing.  Each of these special ladies has battled pediatric cancer – some are still undergoing treatments and some are celebrating remission.  Professional models will also hit the runway wearing the latest fashions.  

Additionally, the evening’s silent auction will feature fabulous trips, pampering spa treatments, jewelry, art and more.  Local restaurants including The Palm, Flemings, The Melting Pot, and A La Carte Event Pavilion will be serving hors d’oeuvres.

Plus, there'll be celebrities!!!!  This year’s celebrity host is Carson Kressley.  An accomplished stylist, Kressley is one of the stars of the hit original series "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" on the Bravo Network.  He is now the host of Lifetime’s makeover show, “How to Look Good Naked.”

Other local celebrities expected to attend are players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays as well as other local media personalities.

This is a great event that raises much needed funds!  The 2009 event brought in over $300,000 for the Foundation, funding research and hope for children with cancer.

The cost of admission to the show is $100, which provides guests a full evening of wining and dining, the opportunity to bid in our high-end silent auction and enjoy the incredible fashion show.  Patron tickets are also available for $250 which includes a listing in the event program.

If you're interested, advance reservations can be made by calling the Foundation at 813-269-0955.  In addition, 10% of all in-store purchases for the evening will be donated to PCF. And if you need even more info, just visit www.fastercure.org.

So if you can, come out and support this event!  And as always, keep checking back for more great things to do in Tampa Bay, and other Tampa Bay entertainment options.