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Oscar experience to be shared in 45 cities across the U.S.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – 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):

  •        The New Mexico BioPark 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
  •        Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  •        People Working Cooperatively, Cincinnati, OH
  •        KidFilm Festival, Dallas, TX
  •        Denver Film Society, Denver, CO
  •        Southgate Community Players, Detroit, MI
  •        AIDS Connecticut (ACT), Hartford, CT
  •        Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, HI
  •        American Cancer Society, High Plains Division, Houston, TX
  •        United Way of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
  •        Variety of Eastern Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  •        Variety Children’s Charity of Southern 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 of Memphis, Memphis, TN
  •        COA Youth & Family Centers, Milwaukee, WI
  •        Aegis Foundation, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
  •        Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
  •        American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter, New Orleans, LA
  •        Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK
  •        Alzheimer’s Association Midlands Chapter, Omaha, NE 
  •        Variety – The Children’s Charity of Florida, Inc., Orlando, FL 
  •        Palm Beach International Film Festival, Palm Beach, FL
  •        Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA
  •        Pacific Region of the Arthritis Foundation, Phoenix, AZ
  •        Community Theatre of Greensboro, Piedmont Triad area, NC
  •        Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, RI
  •        Central Virginia Film Institute, Richmond, VA
  •        Utah AIDS Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT
  •        Special Olympics Texas, 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
  •        Robinson Film Center, Shreveport, LA
  •        Isabel’s House, Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, Springfield, MO
  •        Cinema St. 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.