By Lisa Petrillo

MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) — The celebrities are in South Florida Friday night for a star-studded event in Miami Beach.

A gala party and runway show by designer Roberto Cavalli is being held at Villa Vecchia, the Miami Beach estate of Miami philanthropists Norma and Luis Quintero. It all benefits The Gloria Estefan Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Eleven women will be honored with the Starfish Award, an annual award that recognizes women who unselfishly give back to those in need.

Shoe designer and Starfish honoree Lisa Pliner is being recognized for her and her husband Donald Pliner”s “Peace for the Children Foundation” which builds playgrounds for inner city kids.

“Donald and I run the funds and we do it out of the stores- proceeds go to this fund to help build playgrounds. Its great to see a little child’s dream come true,” says Pliner

A dreamy night is expected as workers prepare for the 400 guests paying thousands of dollars for the dinner and entertainment, provided by billboard chart topping recording artist Deborah Cox.

South Florida’s own chart topper Gloria Estefan is one of the hosts on behalf of her foundation, which helps those with spinal cord injuries.

“What she is doing today to give them hope to walk again. She’s amazing and then again Roberto Cavalli, he’s every woman’s fantasy dream. He makes anyone feel gorgeous.” says Pliner


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