GULFPORT, FL: Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the animal rescue
festival and fundraiser, is preparing for its ninth annual event to take place on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from 10am to 6pm. This popular event has evolved from one block and a handful of animal rescue groups in its first year to a popular and festive event representing rescue groups
from throughout the region. Gulfport's Get Rescued is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state, with all profits to benefit participating non-profit rescue groups. 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. Pet Related activities will include a pet parade with domestic and adoptable pets, pet care education, pet
services, a pet food and supplies drive, animal rescue groups, free samples, training demos, Canine Massage, food, music & more. Each year, thousands of attendees, many accompanied by their own canine companions, make their way to Gulfport to participate in what has become
a beloved tradition. Well behaved pets and their leashed people are welcome! The daytime event is free for the public to attend, with plenty of free parking in and around the area.
Gulfport’s newest waterfront bar will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, February 23rd. The new pup friendly pub, currently known as Gulfport on the Rocks, has
perfectly timed its opening in conjunction with Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the beloved animal rescue festival and fundraiser on the same day. To celebrate their grand opening doggie-style, Salty’s will host “YAPPY HOUR” from 6-7:00 PM. Yappy Hour will feature beautiful views of Boca Ciega Bay, drink specials and opportunity drawings. Take a chance at winning one of many prizes donated by local supporters! Proceeds from raffle ticket donations will benefit non-profit rescue groups participating in the day time event. New owners J.P. Brewer and Fred Metzler have some exciting plans in store including amazing new patio décor. The inside bar will now be non- smoking, however the patio will remain smoker friendly. They
plan to continue the live music vibe that people have come to love at On the Rocks. Acoustic music will be added on
the patio and full bands will play inside Thursday through Sunday. Bring your fur-babies and check out Salty’s new digs at 5413 Shore Blvd.
The Get Rescued evening celebration, Tails at Twilight, is a
popular component of a full day of festivities that begin with Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the beloved annual street festival and fundraiser held on Beach Blvd. on the same day. Later in the evening, after the pets have gone to bed, all are invited to a lively evening of fun for humans that will also donate to the important cause of animal rescues. The evening will include dancing and music performed by No Slack. Catered hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, fresh flowers and festive décor will add to the party atmosphere. Opportunity drawings will take place during the evening. Proceeds from ticket sales, after expenses, will be donated to rescue groups participating in the evening event. Live and silent auctions will offer a chance to support participating non-profit rescue groups with a variety of
auction items up for bids including travel, hotel stays, art, wine and food, pet accessories, restaurant gift certificates and much more. Rescue groups solicit their own items and
will receive 100% of proceeds from their auctions. Tickets for the Get Rescued Evening Celebration are a $20 donation. Advance tickets are recommended, however, a limited number of tickets may be available at the door
on Saturday, February 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. South. For
more information on Tails at Twilight, or to purchase advance tickets, please visit www.GulfportMA or contact Lynda Shehan at (727) 323-3892 or No1Ringmaster@aol.com.
Enthusiasts 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. Local businesses are also encouraged to donate items for live and silent auctions,
with the proceeds being divided among the participating rescues. Visitors and attendees are encouraged to
bring donations of dog and cat food, cat litter and pet supplies. Drop-off locations will be conveniently located on Beach Blvd at the intersections of 128th Ave S and Shore Blvd. Contributions will be distributed to participating rescues on the day of the event.
Gulfport’s Get Rescued is proudly hosted by The Gulfport
Merchants Association and is produced by SIK promotions. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Gulfport, The Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, The Industrial
Arts Center, Pet PRIDE Magazine, BeachLife, Gulfport Patch, Auntie Lynda’s Pet Care, The Gabber, Olympus
Printing, Rainbow411.com, GSH Radio.com, Flexi USA, Natural Chemistry, Pet Passages, The Island Reporter, Tampa Tribune, Salty’s Gulfport and many more community sponsors.
Pet friendly vendors and rescue groups can download the applications at www.SIKPromotions.com under the vendor
3129 Beach Boulevard South Gulfport, FL 33707