Sea critters of all shapes, colors and sizes descended en mass on the Gulfport Casino on Saturday August 27 for the eighth annual Gecko Ball with the theme of “20,000 Geckos Under the Sea.”
Fish, sharks, octopi, fishermen, sea captains, jelly fish, pirates, mermaids, lobsters and Sponge Bob were among the 200 plus attendees. From 6 to 11 p.m. they ate, drank, laughed and danced as the band Big Night Out played tunes ranging from Latin to R&B.
Along with the live auction of seven theme-related art works by local artists, a highlight of the evening was the introduction of the 2016-17 Gecko Queen, Joan Prowton Samuel.
The Gecko Ball, sponsored by Gulfport Merchants Association, is one of several “gecko” events aimed at raising money for charity. The next and final event of the year: Geckofest this Saturday, September 3. Part of the proceeds from this year’s events will go to the Gulfport Historical Society and First Florida Frontiers.