The event: Miami, Memphis and Martinis--a hip cocktail party complete with lounge lizards and an Elvis sighting--held poolside Saturday at the Sports Club/Irvine. The summertime soiree benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Anaheim.
Shaken, not stirred: Bond--James Bond--would have been right at home among the 500 party-goers who sipped martinis under the palm trees on the outdoor terrace. "I've always liked martinis, and now they're stylish," said guest John Archer of Corona del Mar, sampling a martini with a twist.
To add to the sky-bar ambience, party planners set up black Naugahyde booths overlooking the pool. DJ Mohamed Moretta spun disco and R&B; platters. An Elvis look-alike greeted guests, mostly Gen Xers. "We're trying to get a younger crowd involved in a good cause," said Chris Collett, honorary chairwoman.
Fighting a killer: Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes chronic and fatal lung infections. It affects about 30,000 children and young adults in the United States, and there is no known cure. The CFF supports research for treatment of the disease, including gene-therapy studies and patient care.
Quote: "We have CF centers all over the country [with] respiratory and pulmonary therapists, dietitians and physical therapists, where patients get really specialized treatment," said Helen Johnson, executive director of the local foundation. The Orange County treatment center is at Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange.
Bottom line: The event was expected to net about $30,000 for the foundation. Proceeds will go to research and care programs for patients.
Faces: Rob Morey, event chairman; Ellen Amlie; Victoria Bahr; Cheryl Griffin; Ava Guiness; Daran Lovell; Charley Pernice; George Sines; Rhonda Talpash; Adrienne Terrazas; Susan Valen; and Eileen Waters.
How to help: For information about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: (714) 938-1393.