Few tickets still available for movie gala and screening


Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 4:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 5:03 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are available for the "From Paris With Love" movie gala and screening anchored by John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Organizers on Wednesday also revealed some of the prizes in the event's Parisian-themed auctions.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 and serves as an Ocala sneak peek of Travolta's new thriller, "From Paris With Love." It also is a fundraiser for several Travolta-picked local causes. Tickets are $300 and can be purchased at the CFCC Foundation office or through www.cfccfoundation.org/FromParisWithLove.htm, according to Lois Brauckmuller, spokeswoman for Central Florida Community College.

The event will start with a formal dinner at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club, complete with a French wine bar, string quartet, photo sessions with Travolta and Preston, mimes and the silent and live auctions.

Turns out, the auction items go beyond footballs signed by ole all coaches. Try lunch with Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actor Dylan McDermott ("The Practice") on a Los Angeles television set.

Also up for bid: A custom "From Paris With Love" jewelry set, valued at $10,000 and designed by Lemeiux Diamond Co.; a trip for two to a Paris fashion show; two weeklong Captiva Island vacation home rentals; roundtrip charter jet service for two to Greenjet destinations; two Sprint Tower tickets to the Daytona 500; and passes to Universal Orlando.

After the dinner-and-auction gala, guests will travel to Regal's Hollywood 16 in Ocala to see "From Paris With Love," which opens nationally the following day.

Unlike earlier movie premieres Preston and Travolta have hosted in Ocala, the "From Paris" event will not include a public red-carpet walk.

This is the fourth movie screening/fundraiser the Travoltas have hosted in Ocala. This event will raise money for an endowed CFCC scholarship named in honor of the Travoltas' late son, Jett; The Marion County Sheriff's Office Foundation; Ocala Police Department, county and Ocala firefighters; and a new Ocala detoxification program designed to help firefighters and other uniformed personnel who have been exposed to toxins.

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