For years, Beth Traverso has hosted Oscar parties at her home on the night of the Academy Awards for family members, who would dress in their fanciest attire for the occasion.
This year was no different, except the event took place at The Strand.
“The Strand has been asking me to do this event for two years. They finally wore me down,” she joked.
Traverso was the mastermind behind Sunday’s event at the theater in Zelienople. To celebrate Hollywood’s glitziest night of the year, The Strand held an Oscar party that included broadcasting the show live from the theater’s 25-foot screen.
About 100 attendees, dressed in their glitziest gowns and suits, walked the red carpet in front on the theater and enjoyed complimentary appetizers and desserts provided by local restaurants and merchants before settling in to watch the show.
There also were prizes awarded for Best Dressed Woman, Best Dressed Man, Most Outrageous and more.
“There are so many people of different ages here,” Traverso said. “Everyone is having a great time.”
Kathleen Sabol, a Strand supporter who was decked out in a sparkly purple dress for the occasion, said she couldn’t resist attending the party.
“It sounded like such a fun idea,” she said.
This is the first year The Strand has hosted an Oscar celebration. Ron Carter, president and executive director of The Strand Theater Initiative, said he would consider holding the event again next year. All proceeds from the Oscar party benefitted the nonprofit Strand Theater Initiative.
“As long as we have someone willing to organize it, we’d love to do it again,” Carter said.
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