All the glitz and glamour of Tinsel Town’s Academy Awards night once again came to the annual Capital City AIDS Fund benefit gala, Oscar Night Sacramento.
Chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture and Arts and Sciences, Oscar Night Sacramento is one of only 49 sanctioned events in the country. Oscar Night America is a "grassroots program that enables local charities to host glamorous Oscar viewing parties and raise money for their organizations," according to an AMPAS press release.
To set these parties apart from the thousands of unsanctioned events on Oscar Night, each ONA party receives copies of the official commemorative poster and show program among other items.
The downtown Hyatt hosted this event again. Last year’s gala was held at the Gateway Towers off Garden Highway, but organizers felt the newly remolded Hyatt’s central downtown location and hip new atmosphere fit the wants of their patrons.
Guests were treated like celebrities, greeted by the “paparazzi” on a red carpet entrance to the well-designed Grand Ballroom.
The evening began with live entertainment, music and dancing by local artists and pop stars Xavier Toscana and Raquela.
A 20-screen “Silver Screen Lounge” surrounded the stage and dance floor. There was a direct television feed from the Kodak Theatre, site of the 84th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Many enjoyed cocktails, appetizers and conversation while watching Billy Crystal host the awards on the surrounding 55-inch HDTV screens.
Classy gowns and sharp black tuxedos were the chosen attire — but not required.
A tasteful sit-down dinner was presented for the VIP ticket holders along with other swag for their donations.
One of the highlights of the event is a silent auction, offering prizes such as bottles of wine, trips to Hawaii, tickets to “The Ellen Show” and other products and services donated by area artists and merchants.
Like Hollywood’s Vanity Fair party or Elton John’s famous Oscar Night soirée, the Capitol City AIDS Fund Oscar Night Gala brought out the best and brightest “stars” of our town to benefit several area organizations who support research, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.