Model fundraiser planned with ‘Fabio’

He once appeared in “Son of the Beach” and has modeled in numerous fashion shoots on beaches. In March 2011, Fabio Lanzoni will share the beach and other Island hot-spots with participants in a fundraiser for The Myositis Association.
The Italian actor, adventurist and model — he’s perhaps best known for his appearance on the cover of hundreds of romance novels and for his long locks — will be the main attraction at a weekend fundraiser for TMA’s Southwest Florida chapter.
Plans include:
• A weekend raffle.
•  A poker run and barbecue Sunday, March 20.
• A cocktail party with Fabio at the Gulf Drive Cafe chickee hut, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, Saturday, March 19.
Tickets are limited to 115 and cost $50. Admission includes hors d’euvre, two drinks and an opportunity to meet and pose for a photograph with Fabio.
• A VIP dinner with Fabio at the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Saturday, March 20.
Dinner guests will be the highest bidder in a seating auction on the TMA website, There are five seats at the table with the celebrity, with bidding starting at $125.
Tickets to other events may also be purchased on the TMA website.
Jack Elka is providing photography for the event cocktail party and dinner. Eric Cairns of Cedar Cove is providing accommodations, and Sean Murphy of Beach Bistro is providing dinner for six. Other donations, including transportation service by Island Limousine, are helping to make the fundraiser possible. The Islander is an event sponsor.
Myositis describes a number of rare inflammatory myopathies, including dermatomyositis, inclusion-body myositis, juvenile  myositis and polymyositis. The diseases can cause swelling, inflammation and severe loss of muscle. While the causes are unknown, they are thought to be autoimmune diseases and treatment options are limited.

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