Nine Staples High School senior cheerleaders capped off a successful competition season with a successful fundraising event Friday. Not long after winning second place in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference competition -- the best that Staples cheerleaders have ever placed -- they staged their 18th annual Varsity Vogue Fashion Show and Auction, attracting almost 200 people.

The venue and fashions were different for the first time in the event's history, but the concept and mission were the same: raising funds for the Staples and Westport Police Athletic League youth cheerleading programs. Wearing clothing from the downtown shop South Moon Under, the senior cheerleaders were escorted down the runway at the Westport Inn ballroom by 20 varsity basketball and football athletes.

"South Moon Under is celebrating its one-year anniversary in downtown Westport. The models are wearing fun, trendy, new fashions from South Moon Under," said Karen Ellman, co-chairwoman of this year's event with Caroline Giannitti. Both women have been involved for the last four years. Their daughters, Sarah Ellman and Lindsey Giannitti, both 17, are senior cheerleaders and modeled Friday.

Cheerleader and model Alexa Davis, 17, called the fashions "colorful and spring-like." Lindsey Giannitti described the clothing as "casual and fancy, a nice mix."

Linda Guddemi, one of the three cheerleading coaches, is new to the Staples program, but said she knew the event would be special because of the anticipation of participants. "They talk about it all season. It's a fun event with a good cause," she said.

The 17 previous cheerleader fashion shows were hosted by Mitchells of Westport. A conflict with the date resulted in the new location, but the Mitchell family continues to support Varsity Vogue. "The Mitchells are still strongly represented," said Karen Ellman.

Scott Mitchell, a Staples alum, attended the fashion show and addressed the crowd, and his father Bill Mitchell donated several live auction items, including four tickets to any New York Yankees game and a special Boston Red Sox package including a tour of Fenway Park that master of ceremonies Lee Cooper called "priceless ... You get the royal treatment."

Other auction items featured an opportunity to be a cheerleader for a Staples home football game, joining the cheerleaders on the sideline; one week of vocal training for a child, including a recording session; a football signed by the Staples varsity players and coaches; a Texas getaway, and a trip to meet sports radio hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton.

April Book's husband Michael and two sons Tyler and Brian were the successful bidders on the Boomer and Carton package last year. "They got to listen to a portion of the show and meet them and talk with them and take pictures inside the studio," Book said. Brian was also a football player and participated in the fashion show two years ago.

No one could say how much was raised at this year's Varsity Vogue as of Friday, but Lee Cooper, whose daughter Sloane, 18, a cheerleader and model, said that since the event began it has raised about $200,000.