It’s the first weekend after New Year’s and movie fans are already looking forward to the Academy Awards.
San Francisco hosts the biggest Oscar Party outside of Hollywood. The Academy of Friends, held this year at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria, benefits people affected by AIDS/HIV.
But if you are lucky enough to be in Palm Springs on Oscar night, Trio Restaurant is the place to be. All proceeds from the city’s big Oscar Party on Sunday, February 26, benefit the AIDS Assistance Program.
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Trio is one of the hottest restaurants in Palm Springs, often ranked at the very top or near the top of restaurants in the city by TripAdvisor.com. As of last month, it is also opened for lunch. The restaurant is conveniently located on 707 North Palm Canyon Drive. Just look for the big orange Trio sign.
In keeping with the orange theme, the Academy Awards party will feature glittering “orange” carpet arrivals and a special greeting from one of Palm Springs best-known personalities, Bella da Ball.
The party starts at 4:30 p.m.
Guests will be wined and dined like celebrities. The night will include a prix-fixe dinner, champagne, cocktails, and “surprises.”
Those in attendance can also enter a contest and cast their votes for the big winners while they view the Oscars® pre-show and awards presentation on special screens. The event is sponsored by Trio Restaurant, Palm Springs Life Magazine, and The Bottom Line magazine.
“You don’t have to go to Hollywood to experience the magic and excitement of Oscar night,” says Mark Anton, CEO/Executive Director of AIDS Assistance Program. “We’ll have it all right there at Trio –bubbling champagne, a sumptuous meal, and one of the most entertaining and highly anticipated awards shows on television. Our event sold out quickly last year, and we expect this year’s event to be just as wonderful and over the top as well.”
Tickets for the event are $150 per person for general admission seating and $200 for VIP seating on the ever-popular “upper deck.” Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling AAP at 760/325-8481 or by visiting www.aidsassistance.org.
Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing comfort and support to improve the quality of the lives of those surviving HIV/AIDS. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene, Joanna Jakway, and Jeannette Rockefeller, AAP provided meals to members of the community with low incomes and who are suffering with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Assistance Program’s client roster has since grown from approximately 20 to more than 500 persons and their dependents.
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