Next Year’s Gecko Ball is August 29, 2015
6th Annual Gecko Ball
The 2014 Theme is “Roaring Geckos”
THE 2014 GECKO BALL WAS SOLD OUT!!!
As always, we appreciate your strong support for this great event.
See you at the Speakeasy!
PHOTOS OF THE 2014 GECKO BALL ARE NOW POSTED!!!!
Thank you to Cathy Salustri, Dreams Float Casual Photography
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 2014 GECKO BALL WAS SOLD OUT!!!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
Academic Alliance of Dermatology
American Living Will Registry
Art Stone Co., Inc.
Beverly’s La Croisette
Caddy’s On The Beach
Cell Phone Solution
Country Harvest Craft Studio
Dawn Fisher & Kathy Kiser
DNX Auto Detail Specialists
Domain Home Accessories & Gallery
Double M Band
Fazio’s Pizza & Subs
Gabriela Valencia Fine Art
Gary’s Fine Art
Gold Coast Renovations
Gulf Beaches Law P.A.
Gulfport Dive Center
Gulfport Family Restaurant
Gulfport Therapeutic Massage
Hudson Marketing Services
Island Flavors and Tings
John & Tina Della
K. Kringle’s Christmas Shoppe
Kacy Dodson Fine Art
Karen’s Florist of Gulfport
La Cote Basque Winehouse
Marsh Hen Studio
Mazzaro Italian Market
Medical Aesthetic Arts
Mid Peninsula Seafood
Museum of Fine Arts
O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille
Pasadena Produce and Deli
Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub
Peninsula Inn & Spa
Philanthropee Home Décor
PRP Wine International
Reef Dog Gifts & Grooming
Safety Tire Auto Service Center
Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn
Sea Critters Café
Sirata Beach Resort
Siri’s Gourmet Burgers & Pizza
Smokin’ J’s BBQ
Starlight Dining Yachts
T & Me Tea Company
Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish
Thai Orchids & Leis
The Birchwood Inn
The Blue Parrot
The Great Haircut
The Hangar Restaurant
Tradewinds Island Grand Resort
Udderly Affordable Gifts & Thrifts
Willy’s Burgers & Booze