By Elizabeth Darst
Updated March 12, 2002 11:00 AM
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Hollywood met the runway once again last night, as stars came out for the Michael Awards in New York City. The event — named for Michael Landon, the “Little House on the Prairie” and “Bonanza” star who died from pancreatic cancer in 1993 — celebrates the fashion industry’s stars and achievements and raises money for the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation, reports PEOPLE. Proceeds go to help families find matching bone-marrow donors for children with leukemia. Hal Sparks, of Showtime’s “Queer as Folk,” presided as host of the event, dubbed the “Oscars of Fashion.” The Best Dressed Man of the Year nod went to television personality Pat O’Brien, and Jill Stuart was awarded Womenswear Designer of the Year. Presenters included Sigourney Weaver, Cheryl Tiegs, Hallie Eisenberg, Roberta Flack, Denise Rich and Lee Grant. Sept. 11 widow and new mom Lisa Beamer presented the award for Childrenswear of the Year to Gymboree. The New Designer of the Year honor went to Ilona Rich, daughter of songwriter Denise Rich, presented by designer Nicole Miller. The spirit of the night was best summed up by 9-year-old actress Hallie Eisenberg: “It’s fun to get dressed up,” she said. “I especially like dresses that when you twirl, they can lift up. It’s fun to be at a fashion show, but it makes me feel happier that some kids are going to feel healthier.”