Tahoe Arts Project’s ‘An Evening With Oscar’ fundraiser is coming this month
As the writers have been busy scripting a happy ending to the strike, the board of directors for Tahoe Arts Project has been busy planning its major fundraising event, “An Evening with Oscar.”
TAP will host the event to support South Lake Tahoe youth and community performing art programs for 2008. Meet Howie Nave on the red carpet at the MontBleu Theater starting at 4 p.m. Feb. 24.
Hosted by Randy and Theresa Daggs of Dyna “Mic” Duo, the Oscar Night will include a five-course dinner, silent auction, betting prizes, entertainment, a live broadcast of the Oscars on a giant screen and much more.
MontBleu has donated the theater, and the fun starts at 4 p.m. with the silent auction and no-host bar. At 5 p.m., the live telecast begins, followed by dinner service at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment during the commercial breaks will include dance numbers by local performers, a comedy act by Howie Nave and songs by the Whittell High School Black and White Choir. Christine Murphy will sing the best original song nominee from “Enchanted,” “That’s How You Know.”
The cost is $65 per person. Reserved tables for 10 may be purchased for $700, and booths for two are $150. Tickets are available at the California and Nevada visitors centers, from TAP board members, by calling (530) 542-3632 or at the MontBleu box office. In addition to attendance, supporters of the Oscar Night benefit can advertise in the program, donate to the silent auction and volunteer before, during and after the event.
Some of the programs brought to the community by TAP and its local sponsors for 2008 include:
— Word for Word Short Stories Brought to Life, sponsored in part by Kerry and Wendy David. School shows (K-12) are March 24-28, with a public performance March 28 at Lake Tahoe Community College.
— The Kusun Ensemble West African Music and Dance, sponsored in part by Robert and Pat Dodds. School shows (K-12) are April 28-May 2, with a public performance May 2.
TAP is a bistate, nonprofit organization that hires artists to perform at 11 local schools serving more than 5,000 kindergarten through 12th-grade students to meet the need for high-quality performing arts activities for the region’s children.
“For most of these children, TAP provides their only exposure to live performing arts,” said Peggy Thompson, TAP executive director.
The nonprofit organization relies on the generosity of the local community to sponsor and fund the programs TAP brings to enrich the lives of local children. Donations will support the 2008 school-performance programs.
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