CARC Kicks Off the Countdown To Oscars

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It was pjs and bagels at Real Art Ways (RAW) early Tuesday morning as the planning committee for the CT AIDS Resource Coalition  annual Oscar Night party on Feb. 26  gathered for its other annual ritual, watching the Oscar nominations!

 And there was lots of support for variety of movies and actors, most of whom would ultimately were named as contenders for the ultimate performance awards. 

 “Any movie that makes the camera linger longer on George Clooney,”said Jumpin Jameez-clad LB Munoz about her pick for favorite movie.

“He’s the guy every girl wants and the guy every guy wants to have a beer with,” she continued. “I can’t think of anyone in Hartford like that.”

The CARC Oscar Party committee  has made the pj nomination party a tradition the past few years. It is considered a pre-cursor to the annual Oscar Party that Benefits CARC, and this year will be held at RAW. 

And while it is all in fun, the pjs, I mean, there were some who took the meaning of such  very seriously.

Case in point, Christopher Tropasso, who stretched out on a couch and napped while waiting for the awards nominations ceremony to begin.

But then there were those who were wide awake including West Hartford  business owner  Steven Adelstein. And he had  had news, golden candy wrapper news.

Those attending the VIP cocktail reception and the first 100 people to arrive at the Feb. 26 CARC  Oscar Party , will receive swag bags with special candy bars donated by Adelstein who owns Salon Medusa in West Hartford.

“One of the candy bars will have a golden ticket, just like Willy Wonka,” said Adelstein, referring to the story line of the movie “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.” “And that coupon is good for a cut and color and styling.”

One of the most wide awake despite the early hour  was CARC executive director John Merz, still on a new car high from the night before.

“I got 44 miles to the gallon,” he bragged about his new, bells and whistles-loaded  black Camry he picked up Monday night at Hoffman’s. “I love it.”

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For a list of Oscar nominations, go to



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2 thoughts on “CARC Kicks Off the Countdown To Oscars

  1. alison

    I’m with LB… we don’t have a local George Clooney. Though I can think of one or two candidates I might nominate. Cute pjs! ;)

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