Hollywood’s Biggest Night: Benefit for AAP-Food Samaritans

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TRIO Restaurant Hosts Oscar Night Benefit for AAP-Food Samaritans

Photos by Lani Garfield

For the tenth year in a row, on the evening of Sunday, February 24, 2019, TRIO Restaurant in Palm Springs, California will host their annual “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” Oscar® Party, benefiting AAP-Food Samaritans.

Mark Anton, CEO/Executive Director of AAP-Food Samaritans, and Tony Marchese, President, AAP-Food Samaritans

“TRIO is the best place in the Valley to experience the magic and excitement of Oscar® night,” Mark Anton, CEO/Executive Director of AAP-Food Samaritans, said in a prepared statement. It’s easy to see why. The very-Hollywood evening kicks off with hostess and local celebrity Bella da Ball greeting guests as they arrive and walk the “orange carpet” amid searchlights and an army of paparazzi. The Oscars® pre-show and awards presentation will be shown on special screens throughout the restaurant. Mr. Anton continued, “[Trio’s] exceptional staff makes everyone feel like an A-list celebrity, and we are extremely grateful that AAP-Food Samaritans is once again the beneficiary of this entertaining and highly anticipated event.”

“It’s a magical evening of festive dining, cocktails, and the greatest awards show on earth,” said Tony Marchese, owner of TRIO.

In its twenty-seven years of service to the community, AAP-Food Samaritans has provided nutritional support to people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, aiding the people of Palm Springs who need it the most.

Tickets for Hollywood’s Biggest Night start at $125 per person for bar seating (limited availability), $150 for general seating, and $175 for VIP/premium seating (also limited availability). All tickets include a prix-fixe six-course dinner, well drinks, wine, and champagne.

So brush off your tux, fluff up your boas, polish your tiaras, and come out for a glittering night of fun, food, cocktails, and entertainment, all for a great good cause!

AAP volunteers at last year’s event

TRIO Restaurant is located at 707 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262, and is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For more information about “Hollywood’s Biggest Night,” log on to: www.aapfoodsamaritans.org. Tickets may be purchased in advance on the website or by calling (760) 325-8481.

—Reporting by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.