Academy Awards Extravaganza in aid of local societies

Two local groups will be aided by Oscar fundraiser

Enjoy the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 at the Stickleback.

Who is going to take home the golden statue? Will it go to The Artist, Midnight in Paris, Hugo or War Horse? Will George Clooney, Demian Bichir or Brad Pitt take home the academy award for best actor in a leading role? Which leading lady, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis or Glenn Close will place Oscar on the mantle?

It’s the 84th Academy Awards on February 26, and people will be watching to see who takes home the golden boy. Rather than watching the event on television, how about putting on your fancy dress and head to the red carpet?

This year, the Sooke Philharmonic Society and the Sooke Elderly Citizens’ Housing Society are joining forces to bring an Academy Awards Extravaganza to Sooke.

On Academy Awards night, Sunday, Feb. 26, the two groups are holding an extravaganza at the Stickleback complete with red carpet photos, champagne, hors d’ouvres, deserts and entertainment. A big screen television will broadcast the awards ceremony, games, door prizes and silent and live auctions will be part of the evening’s fun.

Brenda Parkinson and Pat Phillips are organizing this affair to remember.

“We had to come up with new ideas for fundraisers and I thought it would be a good combination (the Philharmonic and Ayre Manor). I love the idea of the Academy Awards and it will be on TV that night,” said Parkinson.

Parkinson, who is working on the event for Ayre Manor Lodge said that people have to realize that you have to raise money to get things into homes.

“For us, the money we make is going to go towards painting the doors in the complex care unit with scenery for the calming effect, you know they try to get out. To do things like this you need to fundraise, “ said Parkinson.

Parkinson said this should cater to people whose family is in the lodge.

“You may end up in there one day and we want it to be something to be proud of,” she said. The painting will be done by a local artist.

The Philharmonic also has lots of projects that need funding, said Parkinson. She said they teach music to school children and their sheet music has costs.

“The proceeds are going to two really good causes,” she said.

The details:

The Artist: (Entertainment) Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and Janet McTavish

The War Horse: (Presenters) Sooke Philharmonic Society and The Sooke Elderly Citizens’ Housing Society

Bridesmaids: (Organizers) Brenda Parkinson, 250-642-5638 and Pat Phillips, 250-642-5549

Moneyball: (tickets) $100 at Shoppers Drug Mart, People’s drug Mart and Ayre Manor Lodge or through Brenda or Pat.

The Help: (Venue) Stickleback

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