Atlanta Oscar viewing party raises funds for local charity

April 8, 2013 by  

A black-tie event hosted by Cobb County’s Center for Family Resources has raised more than $300,000 to help families of a low income.

‘Oscar Experience: Benefits’ is a program initiated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’, enabling charities in more than 45 cities around the U.S. to host their own viewing parties for the Oscars. For the 10th year, the fundraiser was held at the Center for Family Resources in Cobb County, just outside Atlanta, Georgia.

According to the co-chair Bob Kiser, the event is a red carpet affair with all the glamour of Hollywood right here in Georgia. Although there are photo opportunities and entertainment on the evening itself, the event primarily raises awareness and much needed funding for the Center for Family resources, which helps families struggling on a low income.

Food assistance, education, employment, finance and housing are all areas in which the organization can help. The center aims to break the cycle of poverty by helping families to get back on their feet. Volunteers can help with many aspects of the work at the center, including helping with the Oscar Experience. Local stationery printing may be required to produce posters calling for volunteers, and maybe even to produce the name tags placed on the tables during the Oscar Experience.

With more than 600 guests this year, the center exceeded its target of $300,000. However, the target remains the same each year and no doubt the organization will be aiming to exceed it yet again next year.