Peter Shapiro, Greg Morago. John Larson, Scot Haney, Damon Scott and the rest of you, you know who you are! The AIDS CT Oscar party is coming up in March and it’s a special one, a 20th anniversary soiree that you simply must attend.
That was the message from organizers at a reception at Gov. and Mrs. Dannel P. Malloy’s home in Hartford Tuesday for longtime volunteers and supporters who want the 20th anniversary of the popular fundraiser to be its best ever.
“We would love to see some of the people who helped with this from the start and over the years come out for this special year,” said AIDS CT co-executive director John Merz, about the red carpet party that this year will be held on Oscar Night, March 2.
The annual fundraiser, the brainchild of Shapiro and NPR personality and columnist Colin McEnroe, is always held on the night of the Academy Awards broadcast. The evening includes food, a red carpet and viewing of the actual awards ceremonies. Past venues and turnouts have included just a handful of people at places people could barely remember like Pumpkin’s on Pratt Street to the sold-out events at places including DISH Restaurant and the Mark Twain House & Museum.
But this year the committee turned the evening of thanks into one of brainstorming and getting the special plans out there. Not only will this year’s Oscar night Hartford-style be held at Hartford’s Front Street’s Spotlight Theatres (where viewing the show will be from so-very-comfy seats with drink holders!) but there will be a new component, dancing.
“We want to make it a night out,” said AIDS CT development director Wendy Shea Graveley.
For information go to aids-ct.org