"Gecko Night Fever" is the theme of Gulfport’s fifth annual Gecko Ball, Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 to 11 p.m., at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
GULFPORT - Dust off that polyester leisure suit and shine that disco ball! "Gecko Night Fever" will be theme of Gulfport’s fifth annual Gecko Ball, Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 to 11 p.m., at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
“Gecko Night Fever” will evoke the 1970s disco era, including the music, dance moves, outfits, hair and fads of the 70s. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at Beach Bazaar, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery, and Couture’d in Gulfport with cash or check, as well as online at www.GulfportMA.com with a credit or debit card.
The event gets larger and more popular each year, including costumes, over the top décor, cocktail specials, hors d’oeuvre, a dinner buffet, silent auctions, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists.
New this year: a Gecko Queen and her Court will be presented to assembled ball-goers. Dress as a disco diva, a dance floor god, or gecko-fy yourself, or try a combination. A costume contest will determine some of the best outfits in the house. Costumes are encourages but are not mandatory.
A disc jockey will spin some of the most popular music of the era, perfect for dancing. There will be many other surprises in store, creating what has become known as Gulfport's Party of the Year!
The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the Gecko Fest street festival each year, and a portion of proceeds from the two events along with the annual Gecko Pub Crawl held August 10, annually benefit a local cause or charity. This year, a portion of proceeds will be allotted to create a new work of public art in Gulfport’s Waterfront District. Another portion of proceeds will be used to purchase needed equipment for the Gulfport Little League program as well as staples for the Gulfport Senior Center Pantry.
For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, visit the Gecko Ball Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/Geckoball. While they last, tables of eight or twelve may be reserved by purchasing as a group in advance. Organizers expect the event to sell out, so Ball-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible.
Gecko Fest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl are all sponsored by the Gulfport Merchants Association.
For more information, call Daniel Hodge at 727-366-4086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.