Hollywood Palms hosts fancy Oscar night party
By Annie Alleman For Sun-Times Media January 31, 2013 9:38AM
Host Sarah Adamson, of Naperville, interviews Plainfield residents Leah Janik and Roger Irvin on the red carpet as they arrive at a previous Academy Awards viewing party at the Hollywood Palms Theatre in Naperville. | File photo
Oscar Viewing Party
♦ Feb. 24
♦ Hollywood Palms Theatre, 352 S. Route 59, Naperville
♦ Tickets, $40
♦ (630) 428-5800
Updated: January 31, 2013 12:02PM
Why watch the Academy Awards at home in your jammies when you can take part in a premier red carpet event?
Naperville’s Hollywood Palms Theatre will once again host its annual Oscar Viewing Party Feb. 24 to benefit Variety Children’s Charity of Illinois.
The space will be transformed into the Kodak Theatre of the Midwest, complete with haute couture evening wear, a red carpet, paparazzi, champagne and deluxe goody bags.
Oh, and the actual Academy Awards ceremony will be shown on the big screens of the Hollywood Palms.
Tickets cost $40 and are on sale now. The event has sold out the last several years, and organizers urge patrons to purchase their tickets early. All proceeds benefit Variety, a non-profit dedicated to helping children with physical handicaps lead more enriched lives.
This is the third year the party’s been held at Hollywood Palms, said marketing manager Angelique Barthel. It had been at Hollywood Blvd. in Woodridge previously.
The party starts at 6 p.m. and kicks off with a red carpet and photo ops, where patrons are encouraged to wear glam attire, she said.
“You don’t have to, but a lot of people do dress up as if they were going to the Oscars,” she said.
Everyone receives a complimentary glass of champagne and a choice of entrée and soda from the Oscar-themed limited menu, she said.
“We’re also going to be having a wine tasting from Francis Ford Coppola Winery,” she said.
Guests will also receive a swag bag valued at around $200, she said, which includes a limited edition Variety gold heart pin. There will be a silent auction and raffles as well.
“The last two years, we’ve managed to raise around $10,000,” she said. “It’s such a fun night. (WIND 560 AM radio personality) Sarah Adamson, who is from Naperville, comes out and hosts it for us. We’re just really excited that it’s taken off. My first Oscar party back at Boulevard had about 20 people and we raised about $1,200. To see it grow this way is just amazing.”
The red carpet social hour last an hour, and at 7 p.m. the telecast starts. During the breaks, guests are encouraged to mingle in the foyer and bid on auction items. Hostess Sarah Adamson will even do a “fashion police,” and hand out awards to the Best Dressed guys and gals.
“A lot of people like to watch the Oscars anyway, and this is a way to make you feel a part of it, and it’s for a great cause,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of neighborhood parties decide to just come to this instead of hosting them in their own homes. We’re not the only ones throwing a party, but we’re throwing a much better party than we think you can throw in your living room. At our party you can win a pair of diamond earrings. You can’t do that at home.”