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Oscars: Doing some good to benefit charities

HollywoodNews.com: On Sunday, February 27, charities in 50 cities will host official Oscar® viewing parties during the 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony as part of Oscar Night America (ONA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ grassroots outreach program.

The Academy sanctions charities across the country to host celebratory viewing parties on Oscar Night with proceeds directly benefiting the charities. All parties will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation; many will integrate Hollywood-style party elements, including red carpet arrivals, local celebrities, “paparazzi” photographers, predict-the-winner contests and live entertainment.
The 2011 Oscar Night America charities and cities are (alphabetical by city):
The Center for Family Resources, Atlanta, GA
LifeWorks, Austin, TX
AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Baltimore, MD
The Ellie Fund, Boston, MA
Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Virginia Film Festival, Charlottesville, VA
Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
People Working Cooperatively, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Ashtabula County Medical Center Foundation, Cleveland, OH
USA Film Festival, Dallas, TX
Denver Film Society, Denver, CO
Southgate Community Players, Detroit, MI
Waterfront Film Festival, Grand Rapids, MI
Community Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC
Junior League of Greenville, Greenville, SC
Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition, Hartford, CT
Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, HI
American Cancer Society, Houston, TX
United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
Variety of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Variety of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Wolfe Street Foundation, Inc., Little Rock, AR
Meet Each Need with Dignity, Los Angeles, CA
WHAS Crusade for Children, Louisville, KY
Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Miami Beach Film Society & Cinematheque, Miami, FL
COA Youth & Family Centers, Milwaukee, WI
Aegis Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter, New Orleans, LA
Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK
Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter, Omaha, NE
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Florida, Orlando, FL
Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach, FL
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA
Arthritis Foundation Greater Southwest Chapter, Phoenix, AZ
Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, RI
Theatre In The Park, Raleigh, NC
Central Virginia Film Institute, Richmond, VA
Capital City AIDS Fund, Sacramento, CA
Cinema St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Utah AIDS Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT
Special Olympics Texas, San Antonio, TX
Community Campership Council, Inc., San Diego, CA
California Film Institute, San Francisco, CA
Starlight Children’s Foundation – Washington, Seattle, WA
Isabel’s House, Springfield, MO
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, Tucson, AZ
American Red Cross of the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.

To set these parties apart from the thousands of other events taking place on Oscar Night, each ONA party receives from the Academy copies of the official commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program.

Only one charity party in a given media market may participate in ONA. Events are entirely produced by local nonprofit organizations, with the active participation of the local ABC-TV affiliate station.

Last year 51 charities hosted viewing parties for the 82nd Academy Awards with a record 17,497 guests in attendance nationwide. More than $3 million was raised, all of it remaining in local communities. Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $30 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations – every cent staying within the community where it was raised.

For the 18th consecutive year, Concept Marketing Development of Santa Barbara, California, will assist the Academy in coordinating the program.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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