As Director and Founder of Focus on Females Education Foundation, Inc. (FOFEF), it was an honor to be the 1st organization that Fashionistas chose to support. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the women of Fashionistas. Through your hard work and dedication FOFEF is now on the path toward the creation of an endowment that will support staff and further expand FOFEF with the goal to become self–sustaining and positioned to save and transform lives for generations to come.
Steven L. Maskin, MD
Director and Founder
Focus on Females Education Foundation, Inc.
Fashionistas is a group of women passionate about helping to raise funds for local worthy causes through professional, fashion-oriented events that often include the attendance of national celebrities.
On June 7, 2008, the Fashionistas hosted an Underwriters’ Party at the luxurious, waterfront home of Blake Casper in support of the 4th Annual Focus on Females Women’s Healthcare Symposium. The party featured Rita Coolidge, one of the most versatile singers of the Rock Generation, and two-time Grammy Award winner. The evening was spectacular. Attendance exceeded 200 guests.
On November 8, 2008, the Fashionistas hosted the Fashionistas Focus on Females Fashion Show & Concert to benefit the Focus on Females Education Foundation. This was a star–studded evening in Old Hyde Park Village with a professionally choreographed celebrity Fashion Show produced by Kit’s Well-Heeled & Well-Dressed, with appearances by local top models and celebrity athletes, exhibits by an industry wide array of Tampa Bay’s most prominent businesses, plus a professional live and silent auction. There was wining and dining with some of Tampa Bay’s best restaurants including Timpano’s, Wine Exchange, 717 South, and Bailey’s. The evening ended with a performance by Anita Pointer, singer–songwriter and a member of American Grammy Award-winning Pop/R&B recording group, “The Pointer Sisters”. This was a grand finale to an evening that raised more than $50,000.00.