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Join TAP for Oscar fundraiser

Tahoe Arts Project will presents its "An Evening with Oscar" party March 5 at Caesars Tahoe.

Tahoe Arts Project will present the return of its long-standing fundraiser, “An Evening with Oscar – A SpecTAPular Event” March 5 at Caesars Tahoe Circus Maximus Showroom. Tahoe Arts Project is a nonprofit, bi-state organization focused on delivering high caliber arts and entertainment experiences to the community with an emphasis on school programs.

“We are excited about the revival of what historically was a very popular event and successful fundraiser for TAP,” said Peggy Thompson, executive director for TAP. “With such an amazing line-up of nominees this year, the Academy Awards will be on everyone’s ‘must see’ list, and what better way to enjoy the telecast than with friends in the Caesars Tahoe showroom.”

The event, hosted by local comedian and radio personality Howie Nave, will kick off at 4 p.m. beginning with a no-host bar and a silent auction. Numerous entertainers including the likes of Hollywood’s classic movie stars will be on hand to mix and mingle with the guests with the live telecast slated for 5 p.m. A lavish sit-down dinner, included in the ticket price, will be served at 5:30 p.m.

During commercial breaks, entertainment will be provided by a variety of world-class performers including former Cirque du Soleil stars, Elena Lev and Michael Lejuene. Their unique acts include trapeze work from suspended silk fabric and multiple hoops used while performing incredible body contortions.

Ticket prices start at $65 per person. Upgraded packages include a $150 “romantic booth for two,” which includes a bottle of wine, and reserved tables of 10 are $700, which includes two bottles of wine. Tickets are available by calling Caesars Tahoe guest services or box office at (775) 588-3515. Beyond ticket sales, sponsorships packages are also available. Three gold sponsors have been secured including Carson City orthodontist Dr. Vincent D’Ascoli, Sierra Family Care and Safeway.

This year, TAP has partnered with entertainment production company Choozi Entertainment to stage and oversee the production of this full-scale event.

“We felt very strongly about our desire to bring in top-level performers for this year’s event,” said Eric J. Taxer, TAP board member and engineer with Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. “Christopher Childers and the whole team at Choozi were the perfect choice with their background in staging entertainment worldwide coupled with the fact that they live right here in our own backyard.”

TAP hopes to raise the much-needed money to continue its programs that were lost as a result of state funding cuts in both California and Nevada.

“We need to raise about $30,000 this year,” said Thompson. “This is when you really look to the support of the community to help bridge the gap of state grants for our programs. We have brought public performances and in-school assemblies to the community for nearly 20 years. We’re not about to stop now.”

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