The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 2, 2014

Gowns and crowns abound at Campus Threatre's Red Carpet fundraiser

LEWISBURG — Fashionable revelers left the snow boots behind and made it to the Campus Theatre for the annual Red Carpet Gala on Sunday night.

“We were incredibly nervous with the forecast,” said Ellen Flacker-Darer, executive director of the Campus Theatre. “But we decided, just like the Oscars red carpet, we would go on rain or shine.”

And shine they did. The annual fundraiser benefitting the theater had all the glamor of Oscar night in Hollywood — or at least in Lewisburg. Partiers came in black ties and tuxes, lovely gowns and tiaras, tiaras, tiaras.

A live Oscar — really — posed with guests for photos while the big screen featured live footage of those arriving.

“It’s just fun,” said theater rental director Jenni Stieler, wearing a tiara of her own and a floor-length blue halter gown from Mimi’s.

“This is a wonderful community theater, and our priority is to show movies,” she said. “What a better night to have a party and come together?”

A stretch limo made regular rounds from Hufnagle Park to the theater’s front door, delivering guests to flashes from the paparazzi’s cameras. Attendees walked up a red carpet and into the theater lobby where media were waiting with probing questions, chief among them: Who are you wearing?

n Gabriele Antensteiner, of Lewisburg, arrived in a lovely burgundy Dana Buchman gown and husband Peter was dapper in his tux. Their favorite for best picture was “Dallas Buyers Club” and its star Matthew McConaughey for best actor. They thought Amy Adams would take best actress for her role in “American Hustle.”

n Glen Wilson and Barbara Ross, of Lewisburg, went old-glam Hollywood: He in a top hat and white ascot, she in a silk, white 1940s overcoat and requisite tiara.

They “have a feeling” “12 Years a Slave” would take best picture, Leonardo Leonardo DiCaprio best actor for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and Cate Blanchett best actress for “Blue Jasmine.”

n Barbara and Luigi Spaventa, of Northumberland, struck a fashionable pose, she in striking red gown by Laundry by Shelli Segal, he in his Ralph Lauren tux. No particular guesses for winners but “this is just such a wonderful night!” she said.

Most of the nominated movies played at Campus Theatre, and most of those attending the event are regulars there. “This is a great way to honor those interests,” Stieler said.

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