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Call to Artists Announced for Creation of Geckos

March 17, 2015:  For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Hodge; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086


GULFPORT, FLORIDA:  The committee producing Gulfport’s 7th Annual Gecko Ball has announced a call to artists for the creation of larger-than-life geckos to be auctioned during the event on August 29th. 

The live auction of artist-created geckos has become a much-anticipated Gecko Ball tradition.  Seven artists will be chosen to create geckos for the Ball this year.

Geckos may be created from any material(s) but the format must be a three-dimensional or sculptural piece within the range of two to four feet in length. 

Steel forms that have been used as a starting point for all geckos in previous years are still available to any of the artists chosen if they wish to incorporate the steel form into their gecko creation.  Use of the steel form is no longer required.  Artists should clearly state that the gecko they create is either intended for indoor display only or suitable for display in outdoor weather conditions.  Except for steel forms, artists are responsible for purchasing any materials needed to create their designs.  Selected artists must complete their geckos no later than June 15th. 

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Bark-B-Que to Benefit Gulfport’s Get Rescued

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2015


Who: Gulfport Merchant’s Association
What: Bark-B-Que to Benefit Gulfport’s Get Rescued
When: March 21, 2015; 10am to 5pm
Where: 5413 Shore Blvd. South, Gulfport, FL 33707


GULFPORT, FL: The 2nd annual Bark-B-Que has been reorganized and will take place on March 21 from 10 AM to 5 PM.  The fundraising event was rescheduled in response to the call from the community after the 11th annual Gulfport’s Get Rescued closed early because of inclement weather.


Hamburgers, hot dogs and “Doggie Daiquiris” are on the menu. A donation of $5.00 will get you a burger, a bag of chips and a soda, or two hotdogs, a bag of chips and a soda.  All-natural frozen treats for the pups and Jell-O shots for fur-parents will be available for $2.00.  We’ll have your sweet tooth covered as well, with a wide variety of goodies available at the Bake Sale. 


A “Pick-A-Prize” raffle and a silent auction with a wonderful selection of items from our very generous donors will benefit rescue groups who participated in the February 28 event. 


Animal rescue groups will offer pet education and adoptions, and pet-related vendors, artists and crafters will be on hand to offer their wares to event-goers.


The Bark-B-Que is sponsored by Salty’s, Stella’s Deli, O’Maddy’s and The Tampa Bay Adventures Meet Up group. Bring your fur-babies and check out Salty’s digs at 5413 Shore Blvd. Well behaved pets and their leashed people are welcome! The event is free for the public to attend, with plenty of free parking in and around the area.


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Gulfport Merchants Association Board Announced

The Gulfport Merchants Association is pleased to announce the following new appointees to its Board of Directors: 

  • Joe Guenther, O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille
  • Fred Metzler, Salty’s Gulfport
  • Chris Spencer, Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market
  • John Haugen, Hudson Marketing Services
  • Christopher Ross, Christopher Ross, ASLA
  • Paul Ray, Tropics Software Technologies

These appointees join continuing Board Members:

  • Lori Rosso, Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, President
  • Biff Lagan, Gulfport Beach Bazaar, Treasurer
  • Suzanne King, SIK Promotions
  • Scott Linde, Lizard Licks and Mangia Gourmet
  • Mike McCue, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery
  • Daniel Hodge, Freelance Writer
  • Michael Knettel, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery

The mission of the Gulfport Merchants Association is to promote the well being of all member businesses located in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront and Arts District in an atmosphere of sharing and cooperation with its neighbors. 

The Association’s meetings are open to all interested parties on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in rotating member locations.  Mixers will be held quarterly on the third Monday.

 
GMA Collects for Operation Santa; Caps Off Year of Giving Back

Throughout 2014, the GMA was able to donate over $27,000 to charitable causes through proceeds from its events, including "Gulfport's Get Rescued," "Gecko Pub Crawl," "Gecko Ball," "GeckoFest," "Holiday Hoopla" and the monthly Free Clothing Swap.


Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) volunteer Sherry Lynn (left) and Board Member Suzanne King present gifts for children collected for Operation Santa during GMA's "Holiday Hoopla" event.

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Call for Applicants for Gulfport Community Support Grants

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2015

Call for Applicants for Gulfport Community Support Grants


Contact: Daniel Hodge; (727) 366-4086; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA:
The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced a call for applicants for its 2015/2016 community support program. 

Local non-profit organizations that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply.  This includes certified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government entities requesting funds for public purposes, schools and colleges at any level, or organizations with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.

For more details and to apply, click here for the application

Submission of an application does not guarantee funding and the Board of the GMA reserves the right to determine or adjust the amount awarded to any recipient.  The deadline to apply for a community support grant is February 28, 2015.  Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.  Decisions on recipients are scheduled to be made by March 31.  


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GeckoFest Offers a Day of Entertainment on Stages and Streets

August 12, 2014: For Immediate Release

Contact: Daniel Hodge; (727) 366-4086; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Gulfport’s 14th Annual Geckofest will bring entertainment to streets and stages during a daylong spectacle on Saturday, August 30th.

Amid the thousands of festival-goers, hundreds of vendors and dozens of live musicians on two stages, expect to come face to face with acrobats, aerialists, break dancers, escape artists, magicians, jugglers, fire performers and more, creating an interactive circus atmosphere throughout the waterfront village. All festivities take place on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. GeckoFest is free and family-friendly.

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GeckoFest Volunteers Needed

Contact: Chris Spencer; (727) 902-2326; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA:  Dozens of volunteer opportunities are still available for GeckoFest this year on Saturday, August 30th.

Gulfport’s largest street festival of the year attracts over 30,000 people and event organizers rely on the help of hundreds of volunteers to sustain its success.

Volunteer shifts are typically two hours long and are available throughout the day from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Positions are available for all ages and abilities from teens to seniors, whether you like to organize or sell, are active and energetic, need to sit down, are shy or a social butterfly, like a steady or a fast pace.

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GMA Community Support Application

The Gulfport Merchant’s Association (GMA) believes in giving back to the local community.  Through the Community Support  program, the GMA helps fund the needs of our community by providing grants to local Gulfport organizations throughout the year.

Before applying, please note:

  • The application deadline to apply for the 2015/2016 cycle is June 20, 2015.
  • Organizations must be described as one of the following:
    • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code;
    •  A recognized local government entity: including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
    • A local public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
    • An organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.
  • Applications must be completed in full and submitted in writing to be considered.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee funding.
  • The GMA Board reserves the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice.

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Connections drive Gulfport artist's winning design

Tampa Bay Times - May 8, 2014

By Diane Craig, Times Correspondent

GULFPORT — Stephen Oliver can't help himself. He sees connections everywhere. Listening to him explain how he came to design his winning sculpture for the Gulfport Casino is to peek into a creative mind that sees endless relationships between architecture, public art, culture, the environment, peace, African-American artists, the future, family and the past. Affinity, he calls it.

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Longtime GMA President Michael McCue Receives "Spirit of Gulfport" Award

Longtime GMA President Michael McCue Receives "Spirit of Gulfport" Award
Photo courtesy of Cathy Salustri, The Gabber

Michael McCue (right) receives the ‘Spirit of Gulfport’ Award from Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson during the May 6th City Council meeting. 

Mr. McCue served as President of the Gulfport Merchants Association for many years.  He still serves on the GMA Board of Directors. 

The Award is presented on special occasions to recognize Gulfport citizens who have made significant achievements in giving back to the community.

 
Call to Artists for Annual Gecko Creations

April 29, 2014:  For Immediate Release
Call to Artists for Annual Gecko Creations
Contact: Daniel Hodge; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086

GULFPORT, FLORIDA:  Local artists are invited to submit a proposal for the creation of a larger-than-life gecko to be auctioned during the annual Gecko Ball on August 23rd. 

Artists selected will be supplied with a steel form in the shape of a gecko, either large (approximately 36 inches long by 18 inches wide) or small (approximately 24 inches long by 13 inches wide). 

Up to ten artists will be selected to participate this year. 

Each gecko may be embellished, re-shaped, formed and/or re-imagined in any form and using any media by the participating artist.  Except for the steel form, artists are responsible for purchasing any materials needed to create their designs.  Each artist selected will receive two tickets to the Gecko Ball and will be acknowledged during the event.

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Gulfport Merchants Association Announces 2014/2015 Board and Officers

April 8, 2014
Contact: Daniel Hodge; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Board of the non-profit 501c6 Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced the composition of its Board of Directors for the 2014/2015 term. 

Lori Rosso will serve as President of the Board, following several years of leadership by the previous Board President Mike McCue, Manager of Domain Home Accessories & Gallery

Ms. Rosso also previously served for several years as President of the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce and remains on the Board of the Chamber as its Vice President.  

She is the owner and innkeeper of Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn and is active in a number of local and national tourism organizations.

Mr. McCue will stay on as a member of the GMA Board. 

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New Co-Managers Selected for Gulfport Market

April 6, 2014: For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Hodge; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Board of the Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has selected Susan Blankenship and Chris Spencer as Co-Managers of the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. 

The Market, sponsored by GMA, is in its eighth year.  The appointment of the new Co-Managers follows the resignation of the previous Manager, Laura Garrison.

Susan is experienced in events management in Gulfport. 

She has been a member of the SIK Promotions team for over a year and has worked on other Gulfport events, including Art Walk, Gecko Fest, Spring Fest, Get Rescued as well as other large events elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area. 

Chris has most recently been a volunteer at SIK Promotions, and has gained volunteer experience in Gulfport events for the last few months. 

He has extensive prior experience in event organizing and management where he previously lived in South Haven, Michigan.  Both Susan and Chris are Gulfport locals.

The new Co-Managers will assume their leadership roles in the coming week. 

For further information, they can be reached at the new email address for the Fresh Market: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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