Academy Awards Hollywood Glamour at the Conga Room
Los Angeles-The excitement and glamour of Hollywood made a stop in downtown Los Angeles. Oscar Night® America was held at the Conga Room at LA Live! (the hottest destination in downtown Los Angeles). The event was held on February 22nd. Guest experienced the thrills and surprises of the Oscar’s with a live viewing.
Charles Drew University (CDU) and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) partnered together to host the Oscar Night® Los Angeles Charity Event.
Oscar Night® (ONA) is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a grassroots program that enables charities to host glamorous Oscar viewing parties. Since its inception in 1994, ONA has generated over 20.4 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations.
A steady stream of celebrities graced the Red Carpet leading into the Congo Room. Al Cornell, Patricia Riggen, David Rodriquez, Chris Marquez, Sergio Arau, Yareli Arizmendi, Karina Nuvo, Jill Michele Melean, Enrique Castillo, Jesse Garcia, Mackenzia Firgens, Kurt Casares, Vanessa Garcia, Esai Morales, Sonia Braga, Andrew Keegan, Lupe Ontiveras, Yvonne De LaRosa and Sam Boyer just to name a few.
Profits from Oscar Night® America, an Academy-sanctioned community charity event in the city of Los Angeles will go to the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science as the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts join them (CDU) in their fight against cancer.
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science is a private nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health science institution chartered in 1966. CDU is located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles. The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science has provided quality college, graduate and post-graduate education and training to thousands of qualified minority and other students for more than 35 years. As part of its mission, the University has also provided urgently needed healthcare services to chronically underserved residents of the poorest communities in Los Angeles County, serving the 1.7 million citizens in its 94-square mile service area. If this service area were a municipality, it would be the fifth largest city in the U.S. The University has been remarkably successful in achieving its primary goal of producing physicians and other healthcare professionals who return to the community to serve people who are uninsured or underinsured. It has graduated over 500 medical doctors, 2,500 physician specialists, 2000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.
Charles Drew University’s unique environment of providing medical education has been lauded as a national model. Research shows both that its students become more committed to the mission as they progress through their medical education and that 10 years after graduation, 70% of Drew University trained physicians are still working with underserved populations.
The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts was founded in 1997 by actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Merel Julia and Washington D.C. attorney Felix Sanchez. NHFA was formed to increase participation of Hispanics in the entertainment, communications, and other professional educational programs. The Foundation offers graduate student scholarships and an outreach program at prominent colleges and universities for young Latino students. NHFA also seeks to expand career opportunities for existing talent in all aspects of entertainment, telecommunications and performing arts.