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February 14, 2013 (San Diego) --The excitement and glamour of Hollywood are coming to San Diego on Oscar Night.  Residents of San Diego can experience the thrills and surprises of the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, at San Diego’s premier Oscar Experience. 

A viewing party benefiting Community Campership Council Inc will be held in Celebration Hall at Market Creek Events & Venues beginning at 5:00 p.m. More information about the event and the Community Campership Council can be found at www.kidstocamp.org; tickets are on sale.

The San Diego event is one of 46 parties officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that will be held across the country on Oscar Night.  This is the 20th year that the Academy and ABC have cooperated with local charities to support official Oscar Night viewing parties throughout the country and the third year that the Community Campership Council event has been designated as the only official Oscar experience in San Diego. 

Oscar Night parties last year raised more than $3.15 million in 49 cities and locally proceeds funded a camp experience for 107 San Diego children.         

This year marks the 24th year that the Community Campership Council has held an Academy Awards Viewing Party.  The event audience will watch the Academy Awards telecast live courtesy of ABC10/ 10News & Azteca San Diego 15 which broadcasts the Academy Awards presentation. 

"Oscar Sunday is an event meant to be shared with others. This network of fundraising parties across the nation is just that: a shared experience. These gatherings also represent the year-round philanthropic work the Academy does," said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. "This February we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the movies with fans nationwide while supporting charities around the country.”

“Our guests will feel like they are on the A-list, as they walk down the red carpet through a throng of autograph seekers into Celebration Hall,” said co-chair Kathy Anderson. “They will be greeted with a glass of champagne, dine on a sumptuous meal, predict the winners, have a photo taken and bid on silent auction items. The same official program distributed to guests at the Oscar presentation at the Dolby™ Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood will be available at our event.”

“Oscar Night generates excitement all over the world,” stated Judi Spuris co-chair of the San Diego event. “We appreciate the opportunity provided to us by the Academy to utilize this event to raise money to fund nature based camp experiences that enrich the lives of culturally and economically diverse San Diego Youth.” 

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