Tickets are now on sale for Up Your Arts’ 3rd Annual Cool & Fancy Gala on March 9.

Come dance the night away with acclaimed band leader and saxophonist Leroy Harper, Jr. and his fabulous All Starz, a nine-member lineup of hot jazz, R&B, smooth rock and silky blues. This will be the musical entertainment at Up Your Arts’ third annual Cool & Fancy Gala.

Event tickets include Beer and wine and a hot and cold buffet served up by Middle of the Island Catering. Priced separately, a high-end bourbon bar and signature glass, a blind wine pull, souvenir t-shirts and four different raffle drawings will complement the many items offered up for silent auction.

Tickets for two of the raffles can be purchased online in advance. Raffle items include a 2024 model Evolution D5 Series Ranger 4 golf cart for $100 and Dinner for a Year, a package of $100 gift certificates from 12 local restaurants for $25. The golf cart raffle is limited to 250 tickets and sales end the day before the gala; the winner does not need to be present. Federal and state income tax regulations apply. The dinner raffle tickets will continue to be sold at the gala, along with two others, for purchase only that night: Wine for a Year for $25 per ticket featuring a case of mixed bottles worth at least $40 each and Heads & Tails, a 50/50 raffle with a $5 buy in.

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The winners of the 2024 Raise Up Your Arts pole banner project will be showcased during the gala, where the actual banners will be on display, seen for the first time in public before they are installed on utility poles in Southport’s business district from May to November next year. Many thanks to the City of Southport and Downtown Southport, Inc., for ensuring the success of this inaugural event.

Want to go?
Up Your Arts’ 3rd Annual Cool & Fancy Gala
Saturday, March 9, 6 to 10 pm
St. James Community Center
Individual $75 tickets can be purchased with a credit card online here. Several reserved tables for eight are also on sale for an extra $25 per guest (must be purchased together).
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