Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine
Jan 162013


On Oscar Sunday, February 24, charities in 45 cities will bring the Oscar experience to life at viewing parties in each city. The Oscar Experience: Benefits is the Academy’s grassroots outreach program that allows charities across the country to host official Oscar parties while raising money for their causes.

In 2012, the Oscar Experience: Benefits raised more than $3.1 million in 49 cities. Since its inception in 1994, as Oscar Night® America, the program has brought in more than $36.6 million, with all of the funds staying in the communities where they were raised.

All of the parties will feature a live broadcast of the 85th Academy Awards®; many will integrate Hollywood-style glamour elements, including red carpets, local celebrities, “paparazzi” and predict-the-winners contests.

“The Oscar Experience: Benefits is a natural extension of the philanthropic work the Academy does year-round,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We are thrilled to share a part of the Oscar experience with movie fans nationwide while supporting charities across the country.”

The 2013 Oscar Experience: Benefits charities and cities are (alphabetical by city):

  •        TheNew   MexicoBioPark Society,Albuquerque,NM
  •        The Center for Family Resources,Atlanta,GA
  •        The Ellie Fund,Boston,MA
  •        Shea’s Performing Arts Center,Buffalo,NY
  •        Virginia Film Festival,Charlottesville,VA
  •        GeneSiskelFilmCenterof the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,Chicago,IL
  •        People Working Cooperatively,Cincinnati,OH
  •        KidFilm Festival,Dallas,TX
  •        Denver Film Society, Denver, CO
  •        SouthgateCommunity Players,Detroit,MI
  •        AIDSConnecticut(ACT),Hartford,CT
  •        HawaiiInternational Film Festival,Honolulu,HI
  •        American Cancer Society, High Plains Division,Houston,TX
  •        United Way ofCentral Indiana,Indianapolis,IN
  •        Variety ofEastern Tennessee,Knoxville,TN
  •        Variety Children’s Charity ofSouthern Nevada,Las   Vegas,NV
  •        Wolfe Street Foundation, Inc.,Little Rock,AK
  •        MEND Meet Each Need with Dignity,Los Angeles,CA
  •        WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc.,Louisville,KY
  •        Ronald McDonald House Charities ofMemphis,Memphis,TN
  •        COAYouth & FamilyCenters,Milwaukee,WI
  •        Aegis Foundation, Inc.,Minneapolis,MN
  •        Belcourt Theatre,Nashville,TN
  •        American Red CrossSoutheast LouisianaChapter,New   Orleans,LA
  •        Ronald McDonald House Charities ofOklahoma City,Oklahoma   City,OK
  •        Alzheimer’s AssociationMidlandsChapter,Omaha,NE
  •        Variety – The Children’s Charity of Florida, Inc.,Orlando,FL
  •        Palm   BeachInternational Film Festival,Palm   Beach,FL
  •        Volunteers ofAmericaDelawareValley,Philadelphia,PA
  •        Pacific Region of the Arthritis Foundation,Phoenix,AZ
  •        Community Theatre ofGreensboro, Piedmont Triad area, NC
  •        Rhode   IslandInternational Film Festival,Providence,RI
  •        Central Virginia Film Institute,Richmond,VA
  •        UtahAIDS Foundation,Salt Lake City,UT
  •        Special OlympicsTexas,San   Antonio,TX
  •        Community Campership Council, Inc.,San Diego,CA
  •        California Film Institute Education Program,San Francisco,CA
  •        Starlight Children’s Foundation Northwest,Seattle,WA
  •        RobinsonFilmCenter,Shreveport,LA
  •        Isabel’s House, Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks,Springfield,MO
  •        CinemaSt.   Louis,St. Louis,MO
  •        Tampa Theatre,Tampa,FL
  •        Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation,Tucson,AZ
  •        DC Shorts,Washington,DC
  •        Waterfront Film Festival,Western Michigan(Grand   Rapids)

To set these parties apart from thousands of other events taking place on Oscar Sunday, each Oscar Experience: Benefits party receives from the Academy copies of the official commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program, among other items.

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

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.