DMI All-Stars to perform at Crystal Ball
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Three musical acts will help to transform the Arena at Southaven into “Studio 14” as the theme for the 14th annual Crystal Ball gala on Jan. 18.

Mark Anderson, the resident DJ performer for the Peabody Rooftop Party series, will lead off the Crystal Ball with his Video DJ Super Show.

Mark has performed all over the country as well as ringing in the new year as the Peabody New Year’s Eve headline DJ performer.

Dinner music will be furnished by the DMI All-Stars, which was formed in 2013 to represent Delta State University at Grammy week in Los Angeles.

The band, composed of Entertainment Industry majors at the Delta Music Institute, will perform again at the Grammys the week after the 2014 Crystal Ball.

The band plays only songs written or performed by Mississippi Grammy Award winners.

Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster band, which has entertained legions of partygoers throughout the South, will provide the dance music until midnight.

From disco infernos to 80's glam rock, these guys have created an energetic, fun party band. With costume changes, great sound and lighting systems, and lots of audience participation, Dr. Zarr will have everyone dancing at the Crystal Ball

The black-tie preferred gala chaired by Jimmy and Courtney Tharp will create a dance club kind of environment to celebrate the night’s Star honoree, MTV founder Bob Pittman. Four local Community Stars will also be honored at the Crystal Ball in the categories of man, woman, business, and non-profit organization of the year.

The evening will include live and silent auctions with items such as an Arkansas bear hunt and a week’s stay in Chicago.

The presenting sponsor is Caesars Entertainment with its Harrah’s, Horseshoe and Roadhouse properties. Crystal sponsors are Clear Channel Radio and Entertainment and Clear Channel Outdoors.

The Crystal Ball aids 400 nonprofit organizations and causes through the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, with an emphasis on education and health for children and youth.

Tickets are $150 per person and are available for purchase at 662.449.5002 or Deadline for ticket purchases is Jan. 10.

“We look forward to a wonderful evening and appreciate the support from hundreds of people who make the gala such a success,” said Community Foundation chairman George Cossar III.

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 that serves 10 counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica.

The foundation is governed by a board of 20 volunteer civic leaders and impacts the communities of Northwest Mississippi by connecting people who care with causes that matter.

It currently manages 135 donor-established funds and has distributed $11.2 million to support 400 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by the Community Foundation in its priorities of education and health for children and youth. Learn more about the Community Foundation at