Red Cross sees stars for Oscar NightWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendees of the eighth annual OSCAR Night at Owens Community College on Feb. 27 will get star treatment from the moment they arrive. Guests are driven from their cars to the red carpet and greeted by cheering fans and flashing lights. They are then interviewed by WTOL 11 personalities Chrys Peterson and Jerry Anderson, both of whom have been greeters since the event’s inception.
“You really get the feel of Hollywood in Toledo,” said Jodie Tienvieri, organizer of the event and communications manager for the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. “It’s a great way for an entrance.”
The “black-tie preferred” soirée benefits the local chapter of the Red Cross. Last year, the event raised more than $47,000 with nearly 500 people in attendance.
“I really think people enjoy dressing up,” Tienvieri said. “It’s kind of nice to have an event where you can ‘paint the town red.’”
From 6 to 10 p.m., the choices are endless for guests at Owens’ Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The Academy Awards will play on the big screen in the auditorium. Local swing, jump blues band Hepcat Revival will entertain in the dessert room. A DJ will help guests cut loose in another area.
This year, gaming has been added. Guests can play blackjack, poker or the Big 6 wheel in the gym to win raffle tickets. Prizes for the raffle include a TV, jewelry and a week at a condo in Orlando, Fla.
More than 25 local restaurants are donating food and volunteering their time. From BBQ to sushi, a variety of foods will be offered.
“We call it heavy grazing,” she said. “No one walks away hungry.”
With no set program or schedule, guests can mingle and roam between different areas throughout the evening.
“Not only do people think it’s a great event for the community, people know it’s a great cause to be attending for,” Tienvieri said.
Tickets for OSCAR Night are $100 each and can be purchased by calling (419) 329-2619 or visiting www.redcrosstoledo.org. They can also be purchased at the door.
Win tickets! Enter to win two tickets to Red Cross’ OSCAR Night: e-mail “Oscar” to email@example.com by noon on Feb. 23.
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