Hollywood Blvd. A Cinema Bar & Eatery in northwest suburban Woodridge, Illinois will host the 11th Annual Oscar® Viewing Party for Variety® – The Children’s Charity of Illinois on Sunday, February 28, 2016. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will last until the end of the telecast.
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Illinois stated, “Come Oscar night, February 28, 2016, Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge will be transformed into the Dolby Theatres of the Midwest. Beginning at 6:00pm, guests are invited to dress to the nines, walk the red carpet, get their photos snapped by paparazzi, and watch the Academy Awards in real time on the big screen. 100% of the proceeds from the Academy Awards Viewing Gala benefit Variety, the Children’s Charity of Illinois, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of local children in need though signature programs like Kids on the Go and Live to Achieve.”
Festivities will include a Red Carpet Reception with champagne, the Academy Awards ceremony live on the big screen, a silent auction, swag bags, and a limited edition Mockingjay Gold Heart Pin. “Glam Attire,” as Hollywood Blvd. is calling formalwear, is encouraged, but not required for the Red Carpet Reception.
Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of champagne and can enjoy appetizers. Sarah Adamson, hostess of the nationally syndicated radio show Hollywood 360, will be mistress of ceremonies for the Academy Awards broadcast.
She is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Ms. Adamson is a voting member for the Critics’ Choice Awards for Movies.
An entrée, dessert, and unlimited soft drinks will be included in the price of one’s ticket, along with other treats. The Silent Auction will include gifts such as hotel stays, spa packages, movie memorabilia, sports tickets, and restaurant gift cards.
Guests will have a chance to win prizes based on Oscar predictions. They will get to take home a swag bag, a limited-edition Mockingjay Gold Heart Pin (Variety’s signature collectible), and online access to a red carpet souvenir photo.
Admission is $50 per person. One can purchase tickets online at www.HollywoodBlvdCinema.com here. Pre-sale tickets are recommended as seating is limited.
Minors must be accompanied by, and seated with, responsible adults. All proceeds will benefit Variety, the Children’s Charity of Illinois.
Hollywood Blvd. Cinema is located in the Woodgrove Festival shopping mall at the intersection of 75th Street and Lemont Road. The address is 1001 West 75th Street, Woodridge, Illinois 60517. The phone number is (630) 427-1880.
Sponsors include Elite Island Resorts Caribbean, Popcorn Haven, yelp, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, Kinzie Hotel, Pepsi, Universal, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Brand-It Promotions, Willow Crest Golf Club, Copper Fiddle Distillery, Korbel®, Just Crumbs Bakery, Swissôtel Chicago, Cinema Scene, Kendra Scott, Lynfred Winery, Reed’s, Groupon™, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Zano Salons, the Chicago Wolves, the Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Cubs. Please note this event is not sponsored, though, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Sponsorships are available at multiple levels. For $5,000, a person, family, or organization can be a Best Picture Sponsor. This person or group of people can get a fully-customized Build-A-Bike adaptive bicycle awarded in that person or group’s name during the “Build-A-Bike LIVE” segment of the Award Viewing Gala or at a place of business.
He, she, or they will get ten guest tickets for the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala. This level of sponsorship includes four guest tickets for a Variety family to also attend the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala. Being a Best Picture Sponsor includes recognition in the event program, media related to the Award Gala, and materials related to the Build-A-Bike bicycle presentation.
For $2,500, a person, family, or organization can be a Best Actor/Actress Sponsor. This includes one Build-A-Bike adaptive bicycle; four guest tickets for the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala; four guest tickets for a Variety family to also attend the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala; and recognition in the event program, media related to the Award Gala, and materials related to the Build-A-Bike bicycle presentation.
For $1,000, a person, family, or organization can be a Best Supporting Actor/Actress Sponsor. This includes recognition for helping to Build-A-Bike bicycle during the “Build-A-Bike LIVE” segment of the Award Viewing Gala; four guest tickets for the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala; four guest tickets for a Variety family to also attend the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala; and recognition in the event program as a sponsor in all media.
For $500, a person, family, or organization can be a Red Carpet Sponsor. This includes recognition for helping to Build-A-Bike bicycle during the “Build-A-Bike LIVE” segment of the Award Viewing Gala; two guest tickets for the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala; two guest tickets for a Variety family to also attend the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala; and recognition in the event program as a sponsor in all media.
All sponsorship packages include public recognition at the 11th Annual Award Viewing Gala by Sarah Adamson, listing as a sponsor in the event program, and the sponsor’s logo on the Web site. Sponsorships include a special commemorative Grand Ave Winery bottle of wine and a 2016 Annual Award Gala keepsake.
Hollywood Blvd. Cinema and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Illinois are also seeking Prize Sponsors to donate prizes for the silent auction. For $50, one can pay for space on the Special Family Dedication Page in the event program in the name of a family or friend.
Founded in 1927 as the Variety Club by a group of eleven theater owners and showmen in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it became a charity in 1928 when a baby was founded abandoned on the doorstop of the Sheridan Square Theatre. The men resolved to become her “eleven godfathers” when the baby’s parents could not be found by police and journalists and named her Catherine Variety Sheridan (1928-1994).
Harris and the others placed her in the Roselia Foundling Home (also known as the Roselia Foundling Asylum and Maternity Hospital) in Pittsburgh. This institution was operated by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. Variety Clubs raised money for the Catherine Variety Sheridan Fund there in her honor.
When she turned five, the club members selected Gladys and Norman Riker of Long Island, New York, out of a pool of 300 applicants to be her foster parents. They changed her name to Joan Riker.
Miss Riker graduated with a nursing degree from Cornell University in 1951 and served as a nurse in the U.S. Navy during the (undeclared) war with North Korea (and the People’s Republic of China). Subsequently, she served as a nurse in the Foreign Service and was posted in Saigon, South Vietnam, according to the obituary Myrna Oliver wrote for the Los Angeles Times.
In 1957, she wed U.S. Navy Lieutenant Michael Mrlik. They went on to have four children: son Michael, twin sons Robert and Richard, and daughter Lisa.
For twenty years, they lived in Asia while Lt. Mrlik worked for U.S. Lines. Subsequently, they settled in Charleston, South Carolina, where he served as port manager and she worked as a part-time nurse.
Following the Variety convention in 1980, she became an ambassador for the organization. In 1994, Catherine Variety Sheridan/Joan Riker Mrlik died at the age of sixty-five.
John Harris, the owner of the Sheridan Square Theatre, became the first president of Variety – the Children’s Charity International. Today, Variety™ – the Children’s Charity has forty-three chapters (called “tents”) active in thirteen countries.
Around the world, chapters raise money to help children who are ill, disabled, or mired in poverty. It has four programs. The Care Program delivers medical equipment and healthcare services to health organizations and individual children.
The Freedom Program delivers mobility equipment and services to health organizations and individual children. The Future Program delivers communication equipment and services to children’s organizations and individual children. The International Children’s Fund delivers humanitarian services to children in Third World countries.
The focus of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Illinois is to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing equipment. VARIETY – The Children’s Charity of Illinois is run out of Hollywood Blvd. Cinema.
If one has questions about VARIETY – The Children’s Charity of Illinois programs and events, or one wants to know how to get help for a special needs child, one can write Variety the Children’s Charity of Illinois, 1001 West 75th Street, #153, Woodridge, Illinois 60517. Alternatively, one can e-mail them at info [at] varietyofillinois.org.
 Lionsgate collaborated with Variety – the Children’s Charity to create these limited edition Gold Heart pins to promote The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) and benefit Variety’s twenty-sixth annual Gold Heart Campaign. Normally, these pins are sold for $3 in movie theaters and stores around the U.S.A. from November of 2015 to March of 2016. Variety works with a different movie studio every year to make Gold Heart pins. In the recent past, pins have included Mickey Mouse (2002), E.T. (2004), Spider-Man (2005), Kermit the Frog (2010), and Darth Vader and Yoda (2014).
 Saint Vincent de Paul gave the Ladies of Charity a mandate to care for foundlings (abandoned babies) in 1638. The Ladies of Charity also assumed responsibility for unwed mothers. Saint Louise de Marillac, Saint Vincent’s helper, was rigorous in the selection process of foster parents and continued to monitor families after they took foundlings in to their homes. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton gave the American Sisters of Charity the mandate to care for foundlings, orphans, poor people, and sick people when she adopted St. Vincent de Paul’s Rule. With Mrs. Charles (Roselia) Donnelly (nee Rafferty), the wife of a successful businessman, the Sisters of Charity opened a foundling home in a former private residence at 3935 Forbes Street in Pittsburgh. With the help of Charles Donnelly, the Sisters of Charity acquired the Ursuline Academy building at the intersection of Cliff and Manilla in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. They named it Roselia in his late wife’s honor. Mrs. Elizabeth Davis became the first nurse on staff. Doctors from Mercy Hospital were in attendance. Dr. Charles Stillwgaon became the first doctor in residence. His patients included a growing number of married women who came there to there to give birth. Between 1900 and 1912, the building had to be remodeled and enlarged several times. In 1919, an adjacent building was acquired to house nurses. In 1954, the Philip Murray Memorial Foundation gave a substantial sum of money. Variety Clubs continued to donate funds. The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill dedicated the four-story Roselia Foundling and Maternity Asylum at 1635 Bedford Avenue on September 9, 1954. In the late 1960s, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill found that fewer and fewer unwed mothers sought their protection, and a high percentage of those who did wanted to keep their babies, so the sisters needed less space. In 1971, they moved the operation to a former private home they named Roselia Manor on Clyde Street in Oakland, Pennsylvania. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh had since renamed the institution Roselia Center. Meanwhile, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill leased part of the building on Bedford Avenue to the Board of Education of the City of Pittsburgh. The Sisters of Mercy used one floor to house infirm sisters after a fire at Saint Xavier Academy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The Saint Vincent DePaul Society leased the building for twenty-five years for $1 a year to house indigent men between the ages of fifty and eighty. The Vincentians needed a new facility because Saint Joseph Hospitality House on Tannehill Street was in need of repair. The former foundling home and maternity hospital became the new Saint Joseph House of Hospitality. Sister Harriet Seton Newton is the Manager of St. Joseph House of Hospitality, which the Sisters of Mercy operate for Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh Diocese.