Sunday, March 7, the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter held their eighth annual Oscar Night America party, and once again proved that not only are the stars just like us, but we’re just like the stars! Gracing
the red carpet at the Tchefuncta Country Cub were 114 local stars who were there for a viewing party; one of 50 officially sanctioned by the Academy. All proceeds go toward the needs of the Southeast Louisiana community.

Decadent treats were offered in abundance thanks to a creative event committee led by Willie Peretti. There was a “Glamour Station,” courtesy of Isis Salon, where the stars of the evening could get their hair and make-up done. Photos in front of a variety of backgrounds played the part of the paparazzi. Even commercial breaks were entertaining with a live auction. And the food was fit for American royalty with themed cocktails (“Avatini” and “The Blind Side”), a carving station, tomato basil bruschetta, smoked chicken and manchego quesadillas, mini crab cakes, tuna tartar and sliders passed out during the final hour. Of course, all enjoyed a lavish Oscar-themed cake, donated by Zoë’s Bakery.

Special guests included news anchor Michael Hill, the evening’s emcee; State Representative Scott Simon; Ms. New Orleans, Dawn Streeck; and Steve Zimmer, CEO of the United Way of Greater New Orleans. Latter & Blum, ABC26/NOLA 38 and Lee Michaels were among the night’s generous sponsors. Prediction contests had all waiting with bated breath and buttery popcorn for the outcome. Though no one here received the shiny gold statue, memories of a starry night for a great cause are definitely reason enough to ditch the pajamas for a gown.