New York ties fund-raising events to Oscars

Week of celebrations will end on the night of the ceremony

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NEW YORK -- The Big Apple is rolling out the red carpet for film fans with Oscar night and Oscar week events that will raise funds for programs that create awareness for New York City's cultural vibrancy and community.

NYC & Co., the city's marketing, tourism and partnership organization, said Wednesday that it will sell tickets for the first-ever "Oscar Night and the City" celebration consisting of a reception and broadcast viewing party at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

The event, for which tickets start at $150, will be the culmination of a weeklong celebration to salute the Oscars through cultural events and programs running March 1-7.

"Great New York stories are told through the movies," said Karen Sortito, senior vp entertainment at NYC & Co., which is charged with spreading a positive image of New York City, attracting tourism and creating new business opportunities. "The Oscar Night and the City event is the perfect way for visitors and residents to salute the city's rich film history while viewing this year's 82nd Academy Awards ceremony in style."

Here is a look at other events taking place during the Big Apple's Oscars celebration week:

> The Film Society of Lincoln Center will host an Oscar-winning movie marathon March 5-7 featuring New York City-themed films, such as "Annie Hall," "Raging Bull," "The Godfather" and "West Side Story."

> NYC & Company's NYC Information Center in midtown will feature Oscar-themed content and media.

> On Location Tours will offer a 20% discount off their guided New York TV & Movie Site tour, with proceeds going to the NYC & Company Foundation.

> NYCTV will broadcast Oscars-related content during the week leading up to the Academy Awards.