OSCAR Night to benefit local Red CrossWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Toledoans can walk the red carpet the same night as Meryl Streep and George Clooney at OSCAR Night 2012, benefiting the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
“OSCAR Night is one of our biggest events of the year. It’s an opportunity for people to get together and enjoy grazing and entertainment,” said Communications Officer Jason Copsey.
The Feb. 26 event at Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts gives guests a chance to watch the 84th Academy Awards on a movie screen while sampling appetizers from 20 area eateries, including Cake in a Cup, The Beirut, Java Sensations and Super Suppers.
When guests enter the black-tie-preferred event, they walk a red carpet complete with an interview by WTOL’s Chrys Peterson and Jerry Anderson — and a crowd of cheering volunteers to fawn over them celebrity-style.
“It’s a way to come out and walk on the red carpet while you’re watching celebrities walk on the red carpet,” Copsey said.
Owens goes all-out transforming itself into a version of Kodak Theatre. “The Center for Fine and Performing Arts gets decked out in Oscar decorations,” Copsey said.
Guests have a chance to win jewelry from Harold Jaffe Jewelers, a $400-valued Martha Stewart gift basket and a football signed by Urban Meyer at a raffle and auction. Hepcat Revival and Johnny Rocker and the Hitmen will also entertain guests.
OSCAR Night has long been a staple on Toledo’s social calendar. The event went through “a few different versions” before settling on an Academy Awards theme about nine years ago, Copsey said.
“OSCAR Night has turned into an event people look forward to all year,” he said. Last year about 500 attended OSCAR Night, which typically raises between $75,000 and $80,000.
Event sponsors include Mercy, Columbia Gas of Ohio and KeyBank.
The Toledo Chapter of the American Red Cross educates the public on first aid and CPR and responds to natural disasters, among other activities.
OSCAR Night 2012 is 6-10 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets are $100, $50 of which is tax deductible. To purchase tickets, call (419) 329-2619.