The following is a press release from the RI Chapter of the American Diabetes Association:

Celebrate Oscar Night in Style 
at an Award-Winning Fundraiser
Oscar Night® America in Providence 
to Support the Fight Against Diabetes

PROVIDENCE, RI. — Oscar Night® America will be celebrated at a “dress to impress” event on Sunday, March 5 at Rhode Island’s hottest new night spot, Chiazza. All proceeds from the event will support the mission of the American Diabetes Association.

This will be the only 78th Annual Academy Awards® party in Providence officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “This is our second year for this event,” said Jack Hillman, chair of the organizing committee. “And our goal is to make this an annual fundraising event for the ADA.”

Providence’s Oscar Night America Party guests will arrive at Chiazza, 308 County Road in Barrington., beginning at 6 p.m. and celebrate until the last “and the Oscar goes to” envelope is opened. Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2005 will be broadcast locally by ABC-6. Those attending will be entertained by a live broadcast of the Academy Awards and entertainment from B101. ABC-6 news anchor April O’Dell will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the event. A “Predict the Winners” contest and silent auction are planned.

The Oscar Night America/Providence committee is Jack Hillman (Chair), Roseanne O’Rourke, Rick Dyer, Katie Carlson, Judy Maynard, Diane Gendreau, Barbara Hillman, Melissa Schmitt, Rebecca Tung, Deanna Law, David Mellor and Jim Metivier.

Tickets are available for $50 each. For more information and tickets, please visit the or contact the American Diabetes Association at (401) 351-0498 ext. 3500.

The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. More than 20 million people in the United States have diabetes, including 1 million in New England. For more information about the American Diabetes Association and diabetes, visit www.diabetes.orgor call 800-DIABETES.

For more information please contact Ed Garcia at 401-351-0498 or

And the following is a blurb from Kerri (hello.) :

March 11th appears to be the best “Pre-Union” date for Boston. Can I get a headcount?