Gecko Ball 2014 – “Roaring Geckos”

Next Year’s Gecko Ball is August 29, 2015


6th Annual Gecko Ball

The 2014 Theme is “Roaring Geckos”


As always, we appreciate your strong support for this great event.
See you at the Speakeasy!


Thank you to Cathy Salustri, Dreams Float Casual Photography

Check out the GREAT photo gallery here…>>

Gecko Ball 2014

Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd. S
Gulfport, FL 33707

Saturday, August 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Break out your best “Charleston” dance moves! 

Roaring Geckos” was the theme of Gulfport’s Sixth Annual Gecko Ball.  The “Roaring Geckos” theme evoked the Roaring Twenties, including its music, dancing, hair styles, clothing and costumes, fads, movies and other popular culture.

Guests experienced costumes, music and décor celebrating flappers, hair bobs, Charlie Chaplin, The Great Gatsby, Guys and Dolls, the Jazz Age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, swing music and big bands, Art Deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s era

The Gecko Ball was held at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Boulevard South) from 6 until 11pm on Saturday, August 23rd. 

The event gets larger and more popular each year, including over the top décor, cocktail specials, cash bar, hors d’oeuvre, a dinner buffet, commemorative photo booth, dozens of silent auction items, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists.

Once again, a new Gecko Queen was crowned at the Ball as the Queen and Court were presented to assembled ball-goers.  Guests dressed a la 1920’s or dress as a gecko, or combine the two!

A costume contest determined some of the best outfits in the house.  (Costumes were encourages but were not mandatory.)

Appearing live at this year’s Ball, the Z Street Speakeasy Band offered dance-floor-ready tunes from the 20’s through today.  There were many other surprises in store, creating what has become known as Gulfport’s Party of the Year!


The Gecko Ball sells out every year, so would-be Ball-goers were encouraged to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible.  While they lasted, tables of ten were available for group reservations only if all tickets for the table were purchased in person at the Beach Bazaar at one time.

The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the annual GeckoFest street festival (August 30th), and each year the Ball’s theme also lends itself to costumes that GeckoFest participants are encouraged to wear and flaunt during the Fest’s walking parade.

The annual Gecko Pub Crawl was held August 9th this year, and a portion of proceeds from all three Gecko events will once again benefit local non-profit groups, as well as the commission of a public art installation.

For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page:

GeckoFest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl are all sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association.

Contact Richard Radovic ( or 727-204-8101) for details.


The Gecko Ball would like to thank the following donors of items for our silent auctions,
as well as others providing promotional consideration.
…and thanks also to those who have donated after publication of this list.

Click here to view in PDF

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
Academic Alliance of Dermatology
American Living Will Registry
Art Stone Co., Inc.
Beach Haus
Beth Armstrong
Beverly’s La Croisette
Bradford Studios
Caddy’s On The Beach
Cason Photography
Cell Phone Solution
Chicago Rich
Country Harvest Craft Studio
David Virtue
Dawn Fisher
Dawn Fisher & Kathy Kiser
Diane Lowe
Dianne Bragg
DNX Auto Detail Specialists
Domain Home Accessories & Gallery
Double M Band
Ed Owen
Emotional Gardener
Epic Renovations
FAB Fiber
Fazio’s Pizza & Subs
Gabriela Valencia Fine Art
Gary’s Fine Art
Gold Coast Renovations
Greer Jennison
Gulf Beaches Law P.A.
Gulfport Dive Center
Gulfport Family Restaurant
Gulfport Grind
Gulfport Produce
Gulfport Therapeutic Massage
Habana Café
Hellen Mullins
Hudson Marketing Services
Island Flavors and Tings
Jene’s Tropicals
John & Tina Della
Juju Stevens
K. Kringle’s Christmas Shoppe
Kacy Dodson Fine Art
Karen’s Florist of Gulfport
Keith Stillwagon
La Cote Basque Winehouse
Maddy Spa
Mangia Gourmet

Marsh Hen Studio
Mazzaro Italian Market
Medical Aesthetic Arts
Michael Chapman
Mid Peninsula Seafood
Mike Eismont
Monika Watson
Museum of Fine Arts
Neptune Grill
O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille
Olympus Printing
Pasadena Liquors
Pasadena Produce and Deli
Patricia Franklin
Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub
Peninsula Inn & Spa
Philanthropee Home Décor
Pia’s Trattoria
PRP Wine International
Reef Dog Gifts & Grooming
Safety Tire Auto Service Center
Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn
Sea Critters Café
Shapiro’s Gallery
Shiva Dharma
Sirata Beach Resort
Siri’s Gourmet Burgers & Pizza
Smokin’ J’s BBQ
Starlight Dining Yachts
Stella’s Deli
T & Me Tea Company
Tangelo’s Grille
Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish
Thai Orchids & Leis
The Birchwood Inn
The Blue Parrot
The Gabber
The Great Haircut
The Hangar Restaurant
The Longhouse
TLC Market
Tony Angel
Tradewinds Island Grand Resort
Tropical Funk
Udderly Affordable Gifts & Thrifts
Willy’s Burgers & Booze
Woody’s Waterfront