OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 30, 2014) – Local restaurateur, movie producer and former film festival program director Melissa Scaramucci will celebrate her 40th birthday in signature style, with a benefit ball celebrating the 15th anniversary of her favorite nonprofit organization: the deadCenter Film Festival.

The Glitter Ball will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Dunlap Codding, located at 609 W. Sheridan Ave. on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City.

The event will feature live music by SquadLive, a Norman-based 8-piece band that performs a wide range of popular music from the past 40 years, and a variety of other live performances throughout the night. Music begins at 9 p.m. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a premium raw bar by LOCAL.

According to Alyx Picard, head of operations and festival coordinator for deadCenter Film Festival, the party atmosphere will have a winter carnival vibe with aerialists, snow machines, igloos and ice sculptures.

“It will basically be Melissa represented in party form, a winter whimsy glitter sparkle party,” Picard said.

The event will also showcase 15 local artists through a silent auction, and continue to raise funds through an assortment of high-end raffles.

"Working on deadCenter for so many years certainly taught me that the arts will always have to have loud advocates,” Scaramucci said. “We also learned how to throw some amazing parties. So when the time came for my celebration, I knew there was only one group I wanted to celebrate with, deadCenter Film Festival."

Tickets range from $100 for the ‘Queen’s Court’ general admission and $250 for the VIP ‘Snow Queen Igloo Experience.’ Tickets may be purchased online: www.deadcenterfilm.org/glitterball. Proceeds benefit deadCenter Film Festival.

The deadCenter Film Festival (www.deadcenterfilm.org), named for its geographic location in the center of the country, is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” according to MovieMaker magazine. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will celebrate its 15th year of promoting, encouraging and celebrating the independent film arts in 2015, June 10-14.

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