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It’s A Red Carpet Bash for AIDS Ct In Hartford

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oscars16oscars15oscars14The Dolby Theater in Hollywood was not the only place getting some Oscar action Sunday.

From red carpet to paparazzi to champagne, bling and glammed up “selfies” it was a night to remember at Hartford’s Front Street Spotlight Theatres where AIDS Ct hosted its annual Academy Awards party, “Red Carpet Experience.”

It was a special night for a lot of reasons, including the fact that the non-profit that provides support to those afflicted with AIDS/HIV, was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the glitzy fundraiser.

“There were years when it was pretty lean,” recalled decked-out columnist and NPR personality Colin McEnroe, who with Peter Shapiro, co-founded the event in 1994. “But it’s great to have it here tonight because our first few years, it was held at Trinity College and the Oscars were shown oscars11on the theater screen there. “

Spotlight Theatres, with enormous help from Steve Menschell there, set the stage for the gala evening that attracted more than 300 people, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Malloy’s chief of staff, Mark Ojakian.

“We have come so far when it comes to treatment and AIDS awareness,” said the tuxedo-clad governor who stayed for more than an hour hob-nobbing with VIP guests who sipped champagne and appetizers from some of the city’s best known restaurants. And since Java and WTNH personality Teresa Dufour had the governor sort of trapped on the red carpet, the next question to the elusive Democratic governor was, of course, “So are you running again?”

No specific answer but when pressed whether he would be attending the event again in 2015 asoscars12 the head of the state, Malloy coyly smiled suggesting ‘it could happen.’

Clearly happy over the turnout and the vibe at the place was AIDS Ct co-executive directors John Merz and Paul Botticello, who was attending the party for the first time.

Merz, dressed as Matthew McConaughy “Dallas Buyers Club” character Ron Woodroof, was especially pleased that two of the nominoscars10ees for best picture dealt with the AIDS issue.

“We have been trying to keep AIDs in the spotlight,” said Merz noting it is still an issue and one that was once again brought to the forefront in the story lines in both “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Philomena.” “We are overwhelmed and appreciative of the support we have had over the years.”

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VIPs Get Sneak Peek At Front Street Theatre

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Big news in Hartford this week is Friday’s official opening of the brand, spanking new Spotlight Theatres on downtown’s Front Street.

But on Saturday, it was red carpet time at the four-screen entertainment venue where an elite group were welcomed to the red carpet for a sneak peek of the theaters and the fun it will bring when it comes to downtown down time.

“We can’t wait,” said general manager Steve Menschell who with house manager Mark Whitten, worked the crowd that turned out for the private party. “We’ll be announcing our first movie on Monday.”

Those attending were welcomed by Joan Rivers impersonator, Elaine Chez, who had something kindly catty to say to almost everyone. Spotlight Theatres send a cadre of top execs from Atlanta to the party including Mike Spaeth, Spotlight president and CEO Joe Paletta with his wife, Dawn Paletta and Lisa Jackson. Libations flowed and snack choices included hamburgers and movie food, as well as a buffet featuring an ice sculpture of Bushnell Park’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch.

Already enthused over the new venue, developed by The HB Nitkin Group, was Mandell Jewish Community Center public relations head Harriet Dobin, who noted its 2013 film festival will be held in the new theater.