2nd Annual Cool & Fancy Gala

UYA 2nd Annual Cool and Fancy Gala

Gala Invitation

You Are Invited...

Up Your Arts invites you to celebrate our "Raise Up Your Arts" pole banner project stars
and dance with 2023 Maggie Award winning band LunaSea!


Come dance to the fabulous sounds of LunaSea from 4-7pm on April 22 at Up Your Arts’ 2nd Annual Cool & Fancy Gala -- beer, wine, delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Middle of the Island Catering await in Hanger #70E at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport!

The winners of our “Raise Up Your Arts” pole banner project will be showcased along with their banners, seen for the first time in public before they are installed on utility poles in Southport’s business district. Many thanks to the City of Southport and Downtown Southport, Inc., for ensuring the success of this inaugural event.

Individual pieces of the banner winners’ artwork will be offered for sale by the always-entertaining Auctioneer Ray Wycoff. Don’t miss this opportunity to own unique works of art created by some of the area’s most talented artists. A variety of disciplines will be represented and the competition, fierce, but an abundance of silent auction items are planned, too, so no one will go home empty-handed.


General-entry tickets are $75, available online here and with cash or check at five retail outlets in Southport: Ricky Evans Gallery, the Wine Rack, Artisans Gallery on Howe, Franklin Square Gallery, and Uncorked by the Sea. The price of admission includes all refreshments, sales tax, and credit card fees. Online purchasers are responsible for Eventbrite’s ticket processing fees.

A limited number of table sponsorships are available with reserved seating for parties of eight, six, and four. In addition to admission, members of each group will receive table-side beer and wine service, swag bags, a group photograph, and recognition in the gala program and on social media.

Table sponsorships won't last long! They can be paid online here or by cash or check with notification to info@upyourarts.org. Payment is inclusive of sales tax and credit card fees, if applicable, but not Eventbrite's online ticket processing fees. You will receive a tax deduction acknowledgment for your sponsorship, less ticket values.

We hope you can join us being cool & fancy this year!

Date and time

Sat, April 22, 2023
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT


Cape Fear Regional Jetport
4019 Long Beach Rd SE
Hangar #70E
Southport, NC 28461


Fancy Cocktail Attire

Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor of the Cool & Fancy Gala

Promote your company, organization or social group at the gala while contributing to a great cause!

cool and fancy gala sponsorship options


  • Opportunity to contribute branded swag for the swag bag (250 pieces)
  • Recognition in the gala program
  • Social media recognition prior to and after the gala
  • ...in addition to the benefits listed below for each sponsorship level



  • Reserved table, includes 8 tickets and all refreshments
  • Table-side beer and wine service
  • Swag bags and group photograph, suitable for sharing
  • Large company logo strategically displayed during the gala
  • Recognition by the master of ceremonies
  • Prominent table placement
  • Print acknowledgement in the State Port Pilot following the gala



  • Reserved table, includes 8/6/4 tickets and all refreshments
  • Table-side beer and wine service
  • Swag bags and group photograph, suitable for sharing
  • Name and company logo, if applicable, displayed on your table



  • Includes 2 tickets and all refreshments
  • Company logo strategically displayed during the gala
  • Print acknowledgement in the State Port Pilot following the gala



APRIL 15, 2023

  • For sponsor name inclusion in program books
  • Silent Auction donations (min fair market value $100)
  • Promotional items for swag bags (250 items)

Event Sponsorships

We love working with local businesses and organizations! If you would like to make a donation of goods and services worth between $1,500 and $2,500, please contact info@upyourarts.org with offers and inquiries.

Supporting Sponsors

Can't make it but still want to support a great cause? The Supporting Sponsorship is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization! You even get 2 regular admission tickets - Invite a friend or give them away! Contact info@upyourarts.org for more information.

Silent Auction Donations

We welcome silent auction items at the fair market value rate of $100 or more. Contact info@upyourarts.org with offers and inquiries.

Individual tickets may be purchased separately for $75. All stated values are inclusive of sales tax and credit card fees, if applicable. Checks and cash are accepted. Online ticket sales and donations are subject to Eventbrite processing fees.

Gala proceeds will benefit Up Your Arts’ mission to promote and enhance creative and performing arts in the greater Southport area, including “Save the Hall, Y’all,” our campaign to create a community-based art center in downtown Southport.

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