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Oscar Night® to Benefit Charities Across America


Beverly Hills, CA — On Oscar® Sunday, March 5, charities in 47 cities, including the American Red Cross in New Orleans, will throw official Oscar viewing parties during the 78th Academy Awards® ceremony as part of Oscar Night America, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ grassroots outreach program.

The Academy sanctions charities across the country to host glamorous Oscar viewing parties on Oscar Night with proceeds directly benefiting the charities. All parties will feature the live broadcast of the Awards Presentation, while many organizers will integrate Hollywood party elements including a red carpet for arrivals, local celebrities, photographers/“paparazzi,” predict-the-winner pools and entertainment.

The 2006 Oscar Night America charities and cities are:

Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA
Center for Family Resources, Atlanta, GA
Austin Film Festival, Austin, TX
AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Baltimore, MD
The Ellie Fund, Boston, MA
Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Charlotte Symphony, Charlotte, NC
Chicago Academy of the Arts, Chicago, IL
People Working Cooperatively, Inc., Cincinnati, OH
Independent Pictures, Cleveland, OH
Arthritis Foundation, Columbus, OH
USA Film Festival, Dallas, TX
Denver Film Society, Denver, CO
Ilitch Charities for Children, Detroit, MI
Forsyth Council for Children and Families, Greensboro/Winston-Salem, NC
Junior League of Greenville, Greenville, SC
Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition, Hartford, CT
Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, HI
Ronald McDonald House, Houston, TX
Variety of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
Arthritis Foundation, Las Vegas, NV
Wolfe Street Foundation, Little Rock, AR
Family & Children First, Louisville, KY
Ronald McDonald House, Memphis, TN
Miami Beach Film Society, Miami, FL
COA Youth and Family Centers, Milwaukee, WI
Minnesota AIDS Project, Minneapolis, MN
Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
American Red Cross, New Orleans, LA
Alzheimers Association, Omaha, NE
Variety of Orlando, Orlando, FL
Take Charge! Cure Parkinsons, Palm Beach County, FL
Volunteers of America, Philadelphia, PA
Arthritis Foundation, Phoenix, AZ
Oregon Film & Video Foundation, Portland, OR
American Diabetes Association, Providence, RI Artsplosure, Raleigh NC
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
Visual Arts Foundation, San Diego, CA
California Film Institute, San Francisco, CA
Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, Seattle, WA
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, Tucson, AZ
First Star, Washington, D. C.

Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $15 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations – every cent staying within the community where it was raised, none going to the Academy.

Last year, 44 charities hosted viewing parties for 15,400 guests, raising nearly $2.2 million.

In order to set these parties apart from the thousands of other events taking place on Oscar Night, each ONA party receives copies of the commemorative “Black Tuxedo” and “White Gloves” posters, official Academy Awards ceremony programs for guests, and other support materials.

A complete list of contact, venue and ticket information for your local ONA party can be found at

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements for 2005 will be presented on March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST. A one-hour red carpet arrivals show will precede the telecast at 4 p.m. PST.

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