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By Dianne R. Davis
 

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The glitz and glamour of the 83rd Academy Awards shined in Las Vegas thanks to an event sponsored by Variety, the children’s charity. Celebrities and contributors dressed to the nines and walked the red carpet at the Brenden Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.

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Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern Nevada is an enthusiastic group of business leaders who donate their time, resources, and energy to positively impact the lives of children with special needs in their own communities and around the world.  The Charity serves more than 20,000 local special needs children and has donated more than $7 million worth of goods, services and money to programs affiliated with 36 local agencies.

Tickets ranging from $50 to $500 permitted guests access to venues ranging from the theater’s closed circuit broadcast to the comfort of Johnny Brenden’s luxurious  4,000 sq. ft Celebrity Suite.

VIP ticket holders had the opportunity to walk the same red carpet as the celebrities who turned out in support of the charity.   Those contributing $500 enjoyed limo service to the west casino entrance, arrival on the red carpet, admission to the private VIP celebrity Reception, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and host bar, private balcony theater seating for viewing the ABC telecast, a souvenir program and complimentary admission to an Oscar Night after-party at the Playboy Club.

Guests mixed and mingled with a host of celebrities. Many contributed further to the Variey fund-raiser through participation in a silent auction.  Others enjoyed the red carpet walk and theater seating for the viewing of the telecast as well as food vouchers and admission to the Oscar party at the Playboy club.  This event was the only official Oscar Viewing Party in the State of Nevada sanctioned by the Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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Kevin Burke, star of “Defending The Caveman” at Harrah’s and Fitz of Laughter at Fitzgerald’s


Kevin Burke, star of “Defending The Caveman” at Harrah’s and “Fitz of Laughter” at Fitzgerald’s, served as the official host of the private party, seeing to it that guests were introduced to their favorite celebrities and that all enjoyed the fun and excitement of Oscar night.


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Hosts on the red carpet included Chet Buchanan, host of “The Morning Zoo” on KLUC-FM 98.5 and Dao Vu, co host of “The Morning blend” on KTNV-TV 13 ABC.


According to Clinton Billups, producer of the event, actress Rebecca Olson  said she will definitely be coming back to Vegas next year, adding. “You guys know how to throw a party.”


Here’s a sample of the Red Carpet arrivals:

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Actress Rebecca Ohlson from nominated film “127 Hours”

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Jennifer Cloer of Peepshow and Travis Cloer of Jersey Boys

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The world famous Ink Spots

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Pat Davis, author of “The Passion Parties Guide to Great Sex” with friends

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Television mind reader Alain Nu

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Hollywood Set Designer Andy Walmsley and friend Victoria

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Ashlee DeMartino of Channel 13

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The Australian Bee Gees from the Excalibur

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Brian and Brenda Prinzavalli, KVVU-TV Fox 5 "More" Personalities

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Corbin Craft of “ Naughty Boys Hypnosis” at the Clarion

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Christine, Delucia, Maria, & Tracy from Fantasy at the Luxor

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8 year old DJ sensation Baby Chino

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Doreen & Anthony Crivello, the Phantom of the Opera at the Palazzo

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Geechy Guy from the Dirty Joke Show at Hooters

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Greg London star of Impressions That Rock at the LV Hilton

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Kimberly & Ron  Knight

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Lexi Capp and Nannies & Housekeepers USA

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Joanna & Hypnotist Marc Savard from V Theater

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Lisa Cannon & Magician Murray SawChuck

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The guys from Thunder Down Under at the Excalibur

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Cast members from Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show

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Master Magician Lance Burton with Dianne Davis

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Mike & Carol Kennedy

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Katie Moore & Dr. Elizabeth Moore

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Ken & Claudia Wolf

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Jennifer Florendo & Laura Ezra from Bride Magazine
And many more walked the red carpet –

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