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ITHACA,NY –Cinemapolis, Ithaca’s member supported independent movie theater, will once again celebrate the year in motion pictures and Hollywood’s biggest night with their “And The Winner Is…” Fundraising Gala.

Beginning at 7:30 pm on Sunday, February 28th, the cinema will open its doors for a special evening featuring fine food from Ithaca’s favorite restaurants; beer, wine, and signature champagne cocktails; and chances for cinephiles to take home prizes of their own with silent auctions and “guess the winners” contests. The big awards telecast will be on the big screens, as well. The event runs right through the announcement of the best picture prize.

Brett Bossard, executive director of Cinemapolis, hopes the gala will serve as a fun reminder of the theater’s community role as a non-profit arts organization: “This gala gives us a yearly opportunity to reflect on the scores of important, quality films that are screened at Cinemapolis—films that would not have otherwise been seen in our community—whether or not they were recognized by the Academy.” Bossard adds, “the event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but we’re honored and excited to have been given the approval to screen the awards show at our little theater.”

The “And the Winner Is…” Gala Fundraiser for Cinemapolis is sponsored by Littman & Babiarz Attorneys at Law, Insero & Company Certified Public Accountants, the Tompkins Trust Company, and the stations of the Cayuga Radio Group. The event will begin at 7:30 pm on Sunday, February 28th. Advance tickets can be purchased online at cinempolis.org or in-person at the Cinemapolis box office, which opens 30 minutes prior to the first screening each day.

Advance tickets are $45 or two for $80 for the general public. Members and students may purchase tickets for $40 or two for $70. Prices go up on the day of the event. All proceeds directly support the mission of Cinemapolis to act as a community cultural institution where the art of film used to enrich people’s lives, grapple with and illuminate contemporary issues, and, of course, to entertain.

Cinemapolis is a non-profit media arts organization, encouraging central New York residents to explore the power of film to entertain, educate, and to celebrate the human experience. For more information, visit Cinemapolis.org or contact Executive Director, Brett Bossard – brett@cinemapolis.org.

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Michael Smith

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