Monday, March 7, 2011

BMFI's Oscar Party a Winner!

By Devin Wachs, Public Relations Coordinator

Bryn Mawr Film Institute celebrated its third annual Oscar Party in style on Sunday, February 28. Over 240 guests watched a big screen simulcast of the 83rd Academy Awards in the theater and enjoyed a gourmet buffet dinner, La Colombe coffee, a cash bar, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefited Bryn Mawr Film Institute. We met our fundraising goals for the party and had fun doing it! Check out some of our photos below. You can also find more photos online at Bryn Mawr-Gladwyne Patch.

Guests were serenaded by String Variations' Barbara Murray and Gael Abbasi.

Guests were encouraged to wear their red carpet best or come in costumes inspired by one of the nominated films. Joan Shrager (posing here with our Oscar ice sculpture) spent two hours getting her Black Swan makeup just right.

Allyson Gaht and Shannon Leahy-Miller took their costume cue from nominee True Grit, while Debra McKaibben  (center) was ready for the red carpet.

JPM Catering and Events catered our Oscar Party. The menu included braised beef shortribs, lemon chicken, and chilled spinach tortellini.

Oscar Party volunteer committee members Toby Blender and Gus Cileone manned the upstairs bar.

Joel Shoulson chats with event co-chair Phyllis Liebert and event chair Betsy Klausman.  

Our Oscar Party Contest winner Janice Marini (right), who got our vote for "Best Acceptance Speech", posed with friend Lisa Longo. 

Chris Daly and Brian Crawley study the silent auction items. Guests bid on everything from gift certificates to Margaret Kuo's and The Capital Grille to a deluxe vacation in Aruba.  

Lee Cummings posed with her silent auction find: an "Oscar statue" of her very own!

Our committee members posed with BMFI President Juliet Goodfriend (seated) before the event. A big thank you to our volunteers!

We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves. Our sincere thanks go out to all of our guests, members, sponsors, and volunteers! We appreciate your support of BMFI and look forward to seeing you at next year's Oscar Party!

Check out this week's issue of City Suburban News and next week's Main Line Times and Main Line Suburban Life for more photos from our Oscar Party.

Photos by Devin Wachs and Emmy Chotalal for Bryn Mawr Film Institute

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