Gulfports Get Rescued
Gulfport, Florida, USA
Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the animal rescue festival and fundraiser, is preparing for its seventh annual event to take place on Saturday, February 26th, 2011 from 10AM to 5PM for the daytime event and 7 to 11PM for the evening event. Animal rescue organizations, many appearing with adoptable pets, take over Beach Blvd. to raise money and awareness for their causes. Additionally, animal-related vendors, artists and crafters offer their wares to festival-goers. Each year, hundreds of attendees, many accompanied by their own canine companions, make their way to Gulfport to participate in what has become a beloved tradition. Pet Related activities include Agility contests, a pet and their people dance contest, training demos, cat and dog origami and more.
Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of dog and cat food and cat litter to be distributed to the rescues. This popular event, which GMA hosts, has evolved from one block and a handful of animal rescue groups in its first year to a popular and beloved event representing as many as 60 animal rescue groups from throughout the region. It is one of the largest such events in the state. All proceeds from the event benefit participating non-profit rescue groups.
One component which continues this year is a Rescue Celebration held later in the evening after the daytime event. This year, the Celebration will be held at the Gulfport Casino from 7 to 11PM. Festivities will include music and dancing, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, opportunity drawings and live and silent auctions with a wide variety of items provided by Gulfport merchants and supporters of the individual rescues. $20 tickets for the Celebration will be available in advance at The Outpost, Reef Dog or Domain Home Accessories, or tickets can be purchased at the door.
Supporters can become involved in Gulfport’s Get Rescued by sponsoring an individual animal rescue group for $50, which will include a prominent sign at that group’s Beach Blvd. booth during the event. Additionally, donations of merchandise or gift certificates for the silent & live auctions and chance drawings will be appreciated. Gulfport’s Get Rescued is proudly sponsored/co-sponsored by the City of Gulfport, The Gulfport Merchants Association, Chihuahua Connection Magazine, BellaDOG Magazine, BeachLife, Sail Away Realty, Karen’s Florist of Gulfport, The Gabber and more. The daytime event is FREE for the public to attend. For more information, visit www.GulfportMA.com or contact Suzanne King at 727-322-5217 / email SuzFest@gmail.com. Pet friendly vendors and rescue groups can download the applications at www.SIKPromotions.com or call 727-322-5217.
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Admission & Parking