Wolfe Street Foundation announced today Home Box Office (HBO) has committed to serve as Presenting Sponsor for Red Carpet 2018; the foundation’s premier black-tie gala now in it’s 19th year. The event is set for March 4th at Robinson Center Ballroom.  

In connection with selecting Arkansas for filming of the third installment of True Detective and in light of Meth Storm: an HBO documentary filmed in Arkansas written by Little Rock Central High alumni Brent and Craig Renaud, HBO has generously stepped up to support Wolfe Street Foundation’s annual gala to raise money for alcoholism and addiction prevention and recovery in Arkansas. Airing on HBO in November of 2017, Meth Storm tells an American story of a rural, economically-disadvantaged community ravaged by the drug, ICE.  HBO’s True Detective created by Nic Pizzalatto starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali is the largest production ever filmed in the state of Arkansas, according to Mike Preston of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. 


“HBO invests deeply in the communities we shoot in and Arkansas’ communities are no exception,” said Pam Hacker, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at HBO.  “HBO is committed to supporting local organizations like Wolfe Street Foundation who are making a difference in their area(s).” 

“We are thrilled to welcome HBO to our sponsorship roster,” said Dr. Caroline Ford, Executive Director at Wolfe Street Foundation.  Ford said HBO’s commitment is especially fitting given the nature of the evening; one where guests are gathered to celebrate film while raising needed funding for a life-saving cause. Ford said in its 19th year, the annual Academy Awards Gala typically funds more than one-half of operating costs for a 12-month period for Wolfe Street Center. HBO said the company will also gift silent and live auction items never before offered at the gala including celebrity memorabilia and lunch with a major star during an overnight trip to the set of True Detective. 

Founded in 1982, Wolfe Street Foundation is the state’s oldest and largest non-profit resource for people and their families trying to recover from alcoholism and addiction. The foundation runs Wolfe Street Center; a community center open 365 days a year in downtown Little Rock.  The center host 250 recovery meetings a month as well as a growing spectrum of educational and prevention programs. Wolfe Street Center offers weekly meals and also runs an information helpline for the public from 7 am to 7 pm for callers in need of finding local resources.  Wolfe Street Foundation does not receive any public or private funding from grants or other foundations and is fiscally dependent on the Academy Awards gala, corporate support, private donations and smaller sources of revenue such as a thrift and bookshop.


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More About the Event:

WSF will hold its annual Oscar watch party on March, 4, 2018 at Robinson Center Ballroom in Little Rock. The black tie affair hosts 400 guests and features a live broadcast of the Academy Awards presentation in Los Angeles; integrating Hollywood style elements, red carpet arrivals and paparazzi.  Alongside a live broadcast of the 90th Academy Awards from jumbotrons inside the ballroom, this year’s program will highlight Arkansas talent in film. Chaired by Brent and Natalie Staley, the 2018 gala will be held at the William Grant Still Ballroom at Robinson Center.   

Since 1999, this event is the only Oscar watch party in the region to have ever been sanctioned by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. To set the event apart from others taking place all over the country, ABC-TV Affiliate Channel 7’s own Elicia Dover emcees the evening with help from Arkansas Film Commissioner, Christopher Crane of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.  The evening opens at 5:00 pm with a red carpet entrance, silent auction, live music and open bar. Beginning at 6:30 pm, commercial breaks entertain guests with live entertainment, local celebrities, contests, and a  ‘Red Box’ jewelry raffle sponsored by Jones & Son Fine Jewelry. Live auction items include an exquisite diamond jewelry piece, a behind-the-scenes trip to the set of True Detective, and more. Guests can expect nationally-acclaimed guests during the program including ex-NFL Denver Bronco, Vance Johnson, as well as video presentations directly from Hollywood talent customized for the Robinson audience.  

Individual tickets are $250.  For information on sponsorship levels beginning at $2,500, visit http://www.wolfestreet.org.