Oscar Night America Charlotte to benefit United Family Services

January 11, 2010

Charlotte, NC - The annual Oscar Night® America to be held at Mez at EpiCenter on March 7, 2010 in uptown Charlotte, will benefit United Family Services. Says Event Producer, Dianne Stewart, "We are delighted to be supporting the United Family Services with this exciting event, in these critical economic times."

The event will feature a night of 'Who's-Who' of Charlotte celebrities, great food, exotic cocktails, unusual silent auction items, official Oscar® show programs and commemorative posters, fabulous goodie bags, and a live HD feed from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, televised live by the ABC affiliate in Charlotte, WSOC TV. The complete Oscar® presentation will be shown in the luxurious cinemas at Mez Theater's.

Tickets are $75.00 per person and VIP Tables are available upon request for 10 guests at $1000.00. Bookings can be made at or 704-777-4842.

Donations from Oscar Night® America will directly benefit United Family Services’ programs and its Shelter for Battered Women. United Family Services provides hope and solutions for people in crisis.  Founded in 1909, the agency served 60,000 people last year in consumer credit and housing counseling, individual and family counseling, domestic violence services and victim assistance/rape crisis.  See

This is the 11th Year that Oscar Night® America (ONA), will be presented in Charlotte, NC. This event is part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' grassroots program, that enables local charities to host glamorous Oscar® viewing parties and raise money for their organizations.

On Sunday, March 7th, 50 cities around the US will host official Oscar® viewing parties during the 82nd Academy Awards® ceremony. Only one charity party in a given media market may participate in ONA. Events are entirely produced by local nonprofit organizations, with the active participation of the local ABC-TV affiliate station.

"Especially in these difficult financial times, supporting local charities is essential. We're very happy that Oscar® Night America serves as a successful and fun way for people around the country to help make a difference," said Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis.

Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $27 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations – every cent staying within the community where it was raised.

The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.