10 great places to glam it up on Oscar night

InterContinental HoustonHouston In Texas, Academy Awards aficionados go all in for the house — the Ronald McDonald House. The upscale hotel plays host as gala-goers try their hand at poker. In its 13th year, the event will showcase a live feed of the Oscar show from ABC with a special welcome from Ganis. "Guests at this black-tie event will enjoy a fabulous casino, silent and live auction and delicious cuisine." 713-795-3585, rmhhouston.org

Conga RoomLos Angeles "We try to keep the viewing parties pretty exclusive in an area," Ganis says. "But we made an exception this year in L.A." The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts is teaming up with the Charles Drew University of Medicine/Science for the official Latino Oscar party. "Latinowood will be in full swing with celebrities like Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales and Efren Ramirez," Ganis says. "There will be trivia, dancing and a celebration of a community that has all too often gone unnoted." 800-853-0033, www.hispanicarts.org

Red River TheatresConcord, N.H. What better way to toast the film industry than with one of its legends? Oscar-winning screenwriter Ernest Thompson, best known for On Golden Pond, hosts this fab fete and will have his Oscar on hand for guests to pose with. "The party is benefiting the Red River Theatres, an independent film house, as well as Cross the Bridge, an organization that helps underprivileged kids learn about independent filmmaking from film professionals," Ganis says. 603-224-4697 ext. 13, www.redrivertheatres.org

Tchefuncta Country ClubCovington, La. Volunteer paparazzi and a Joan Rivers impersonator give New Orleans-area guests a real-life red-carpet experience when they arrive at this fundraiser for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana Chapter's Hurricane Katrina efforts. Local celebs team up to emcee the predict-the-winners game, and Ganis says guests have a chance to win a jewelry shopping spree. 504-620-3105 ext. 3154, www.arcno.org

The Langham HotelBoston "Boston's red carpet attracts 500 guests, including celebrities in town for filming," Ganis says. "All the guests are treated like VIPs with outstanding food and wine, a fabulous auction with exclusive movie memorabilia, outrageous gift bags and plenty of surprises throughout the evening." Beantown's night raises money for The Ellie Fund to provide caregiving to breast cancer patients and their families. 781-449-0100, www.elliefund.org

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