Oscar Night America

Oscar Night America (ONA), the Academy’s grassroots program that enables charities to host glamorous fund-raising parties, kicks off its 16th year in 2009.

On Sunday, February 22, 52 charities in as many locations will host official viewing parties during the 81st Academy Awards® ceremony. The events will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation, which will be televised by the ABC Television Network.

Most parties are black-tie affairs, though some are less formal. Some partygoers dress up as famous couples, and some events feature limousine arrivals and red carpets complete with local celebrities, paparazzi and press interviews for arriving guests.

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

Only one charity party in a given market may participate in ONA. Events are entirely produced by local nonprofit organizations, with the active participation of the local ABC-TV affiliate station.

Interesting Fact

Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $24 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.

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