CARC Holds An Oscar Bash

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And the CARC Oscar Night Hartford award for leading role in a party…drum roll please… Hartford man about town Peter Shapiro for all he has done for CARC and beyond.

That is the award that could have been presented at the annual CT AIDS Resource Coalition’s annual Oscar Night Hartford party at Real Art Ways Sunday, had there been local awards. Shapiro, who co-founded the event with NPR personality and Courant columnist Colin McEnroe back in the 1990s, formally announced his days in Connecticut are numbered. He is moving to Key West.

“The house is on the market and as soon as it sells, we go,” said Shaprio who attended the Oscar party with wife, Sally .  “This will be my last Oscar night in Hartford.”

Shapiro, who, by the way, was shocked to unexpectedly meet the other Mary Ellen Fillo (my sister-in-law) in the Keys a few weeks ago, was one of about 400 people who turned out for the Oscar night that benefits the AIDS coalition. And other than that nasty arrest incident at the end of the evening, those who attended it considered the evening “gold-worthy.”

Among those who had real reason to celebrate the evening was a team from ESPN. One of its college football analysts, Ed Cunningham, won the Oscar for the commentary “Undefeated” on Sunday night.

Sharing the sports-induced Oscar glow was ESPN vice president Mike Soltys.

Also in a glow but for a different reason was T.J. Clynch, a Hartford business owner who is also known as being WTNH personality Teresa LaBarbera’s main squeeze.

Clynch is on the cusp of a deal with CL&P.

His newest business, “Cycled Energy” on Pratt Street, involves spinning classes and stationary bicycle workouts that  could translate into pedaling power into grids.

“We haven’t finalized anything,” he grinned. “But we are working on it.”

Some other awards?

Most creative when it came to wearing a bargain?

CARC development officer Wendy Graveley who wore a $60 wedding gown she picked up in a consignment shop last minute when she realized she had nothing to wear!

Most dapper gentleman?

Imperial Court Emperor John Howard who looked likehe just stepped out of “The Artist.”

Most Committed To their Duties?

Red carpet co-hosts LaBarbera and Java who stood outside for two hours to make sure the red carpet was the place to see and be seen.


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