The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio celebrated their 11th annual Oscar Night on Sunday, March 2 at Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Despite impending snow storms, and a delayed date due to the Winter Olympics, the organization sold more than 700 tickets and raised more than $146,000. The event was the highest grossing in its history.
Volunteers acted as “screaming fans” as guests entered on a genuine red carpet and were greeted and interviewed by Toledo News Now’s Jerry Anderson and former anchor Chrys Peterson. Honorary Chairs for the evening were Robert and Kathy Chirdon. Live entertainment was provided by Randy and the Reefsharks on the main stage and Johnny Rodriguez in the newly added pub room. Craft beer was donated by Heidelberg Distributing Company, and guests had the opportunity to purchase tickets to sample up to eight different varieties. More than 30 local restaurants generously provided delicacies to the crowd at no cost to the organization.
Guests had the opportunity to vie for a variety of items donated by local businesses including a $1,200 diamond and ruby earrings provided by Harold Jaffe Jewelers, chef’s experience dinner for 8 at Final Cut Hollywood Casino, $1,000 Ideal Image laser hair removal gift certificate, and more.
“Despite the fact that we were expecting another huge snow storm and experiencing freezing cold temperatures, our community came out to show us once again that they support our mission.” said Tim Yenrick, CEO of American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region, “Year after year, we are amazed at the generosity of our supporters. The fund raised will make sure families get the essentials they need following disasters like fires, tornadoes, or floods. We are very grateful.”
All proceeds from Red Cross Oscar Night, presented by The Andersons, Columbia Gas of Ohio, and Hollywood Casino Toledo, provide critical services and support for families and individuals in Northwest Ohio including disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery assistance; support for military members and their families; health and safety training; and more. The event kicks off March as American Red Cross Month, a national, annual tradition since President Franklin D. Roosevelt first proclaimed the month in 1943.
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/northwestohio, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at @redcrossnwo.