Conga Room, Los 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 Theatres, Concord, 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 Club, Covington, 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 Hotel, Boston
"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