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On Sunday, February 26, 49 charities in as many locations will host authorized viewing parties during the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. San Diego's officially sanctioned soiree will be held at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave.

All proceeds for the Oscar Night America party benefit the Kids to Camp Program of the Community Campership Council. Since 1966, the CCC has provided financial aid in the form of camp scholarships, or "Camperships," to 70,000 deserving kids aged 7 to 16 across San Diego County.


My leisurely summers spent attending Adventure Day Camp bring back vivid memories. None beam brighter than that afternoon the rain hit the sidewalk like bullets, forcing us to pile onto the big yellow school bus and head to Chicago's Riviera Theatre to mine the riches of Snow White and The Three Stooges.

Seeing the boys in CinemaScope and Color by DeLuxe far outclassed spending the day in a forest preserve drinking egg-water from a pump, braiding lanyards, and fashioning glittery jewelry boxes for mom out of used tuna cans and Tempera paint. I was the only kid on the camp roster who awoke each morning praying for rain.

Tickets for the gala range from $85.00 - $100.00. The extra $15.00 nets you a commemorative photo, a "Predict the Winner" ballot, and official Oscar program (while supplies last) identical to the one Marty will no doubt be tossing to the floor in disgust when they slight Him.

The Red Carpet Reception kicks off at 5:00 p.m., the telecast at 5:30 p.m., and the plated-dinners begin rolling out of the kitchen at 6:00 p.m. For more information please visit the Kids to Camp website.

Guests are encouraged to come decked out in glitzy attire or dressed as their favorite film star, like I did for the 1977 Oscar Night America shindig.


Portrait of the artist as a young Bickle.

How the organization was able to acquire the services of in-demand Renaissance child, Perry Chen, is a riddle for the ages. My assiduous friend and esteemed colleague will be on hand with ABC 10 News anchor Virgina Cha, her camera crew in tow, for a live broadcast of his Oscar predictions. PC assures me that he'll put in a good word for Hugo. The Young Master, wise beyond his years, calls Hugo, "my favorite film of 2011." I told you he's a genius!


Perry knows who's the boss!

Perry was kind enough to invite me to join him, but I don't need some adorable 12-year-old kid showing me up on live television. Besides, you don't want to be around me on Oscar night, particularly when Marty stands to lose to some guy whose last name I can't pronounce.

The Reader's unauthorized viewing party will take place at an undisclosed bar in National City where fellow Big Screener Matt Lickona and I will have a cheap laugh or three at the expense of Academy voters, while washing down Gino (Siskel) Pizza Rolls with bottles of Rhine Wine and Cluny Scotch. We'll be live-blogging beginning at 5 p.m., but Matt and I will probably start hitting the sauce no later than 8 a.m. when the tailgate party commences. A couple of pots of coffee and we'll be good to blog. Be sure to stop by and leave your sobering conclusions.

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