The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Oscar Night America viewing parties return this year with events in 49 cities. The program, now in its 19th year, allows local charities to raise money by hosting the mostly black-tie affairs, which include the live Oscar broadcast and often feature limo arrivals and red carpets for local celebrities. The charities produce the events with the help of their local ABC affiliates, and the money remains in local communities. The Academy even gives Academy copies of the official commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program, among other items. Since the program’s inception in 1994, the parties have raised more than $33 million for charities like the Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House and Special Olympics. Last year, the events drew 17,332 attendees nationwide and raised more than $3.5 million. The Oscar ceremony is February 26.
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