American Red Cross celebrated their 10th annual Oscar Night on Sunday, February 24 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts. More than 700 tickets were sold – a record for the black tie event – and proceeds from the evening surpassed $145,000.
Volunteers from Bowling Green State University Red Cross Club, Creative Montessori Academy, Girls for a Cause, Ohio Virtual Academy, Ottawa Hills High School, and Sylvania Southview acted as “screaming fans” as guests entered on the red carpet and were greeted and interviewed by Chrys Peterson and Jerry Anderson from Toledo News Now. More than 200 volunteers including Owens Community College Express softball and baseball teams donated their time to assist with the event.
Guests danced to the sounds of The Homewreckers and Hepcat Revival and dined on a variety of hors d’oeuvres donated and served by 30 local restaurants.
On display during the event was an Oscar statue replica provided by Oscar Night Honorary Chairs Dr. and Mrs. Mike Bower from Owens Community College. The replica will be available for guests to view at Hollywood Casino Toledo.
Guests had the opportunity to vie for a variety of items donated by local businesses including a $2,000 diamond and ruby necklace provided by Harold Jaffe Jewelers, chef’s experience dinner for 8 at Final Cut Hollywood Casino, $1,000 tuition credit for Lourdes University, an autographed boxing glove from James "Buster" Douglas, dinner provided by Owens Community College's Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts program, and more.
“It’s amazing how our community comes together for this event every year,” said Tim Yenrick, CEO of American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region, “We’re so thankful to our generous sponsors, vendors, and guests for coming out and supporting the Red Cross. Every dollar raised will allow us to provide the essential services – food, clothing, shelter – that families need in a time of crisis.”
All proceeds from Red Cross Oscar Night, presented by Columbia Gas of Ohio and Hollywood Casino Toledo, provide critical services and lifesaving training for families and individuals in Northwest Ohio including disaster preparedness, disaster relief and recovery assistance, support for military members and their families, health and safety training, and more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org, like us on Facebook at American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio or follow us on Twitter at @redcrossnwo.