SAN ANTONIO -

Hollywood stars were not the only ones hitting the red carpet on Sunday.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Santikos Palladium Theater for Oscar Night America. The annual event benefits Special Olympics Texas.

“All our competitions are free of charge to our athletes, so without our fundraising events and the generous donations of people in the community, Special Olympics would have a tough time,” said Shawn Britt, Special Olympics Texas programs director.

The price of admission and the proceeds from a silent auction, which included items such as a miniature James Bond car, will be used to help Special Olympics athletes like Brandon Townsend.

Over the last several years, the event has raised more than $50,000 for the organization.

“It’s nice knowing that we have the support of all these people,” said Townsend.

Townsend and other Special Olympics athletes greeted guests as they walked down the red carpet and escorted them to the theater’s second floor VIP area.

“Most fun is just hanging out in the VIP room, getting to know everybody, making them feel welcome and tell them thank you for being here,” Townsend said.

The event is sponsored by KSAT 12 and was hosted by Steve Spriester.

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