The Arizona Biltmore was the scene Feb. 26 of the Oscar Night America party to benefit the Arthritis Foundation Greater Southwest Chapter. Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selects 52 charities nationwide to host official viewing parties, and the Arthritis Foundation has been chosen for each of the past 18 years.
The 256 partygoers were treated like stars as organizers simulated the red-carpet experience, complete with paparazzi. Giant living “Oscars” greeted the guests as they arrived, and a live feed enabled them to watch the television coverage. Rolf's "Celebrity Style Lounge" provided makeup touch-ups. A Bingo game kept guests on their toes as they listened and watched for items and occurrences listed on the card.
Fundraising included the sale of “mystery boxes” during the cocktail hour as well as a silent auction. They sold for $100 each and included items with a minimum value of $100.
Wells Fargo was the premier event sponsor, with Gila River Casino the Hollywood sponsor and ABC15 the presenting media sponsor.