3rd Annual Cool & Fancy Gala

Cool and Fancy Gala Framed

Gala Invitation

You Are Invited...

... to a night of entertainment, refreshments and fundraising at Up Your Arts' 3rd Annual Cool & Fancy Gala! We are celebrating the launch of the 2024 "Raise Up Your Arts" pole banner project and the artists whose work was selected -- come be part of the fun!

The banners will be displayed at the gala 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 annual event again.

We'll have raffles, games and swag available, and an abundance of silent auction items are planned, too, so no one will go home empty-handed. Proceeds support our mission to promote and enhance creative and performing arts in the greater Southport area.



Dance the night away with acclaimed band leader and saxophonist Leroy Harper, Jr., and his fabulous All Starz: hot jazz, R&B, smooth rock, and silky blues that can't be beat. Fresh from the Cape Fear Blues Festival this summer, Leroy delivers on his long association with rock and roll legend James Brown with a nine-member lineup of the finest musicians and vocalists in the area.


  • Enjoy a delicious hot and cold buffet provided by the award-winning Middle of the Island Catering.
  • Beer and wine will also be included with your ticket
  • Get really fancy with our Bourbon Bar - try high-end labels for only $10 a pull


We've got so much going on this year!

  • Raffle drawings include:
    • For $100 per ticket, a snazzy 2024 Evolution D5 Series Ranger 4 golf cart could be yours in a color of your choosing or $10,000 cash. Both prizes are subject to applicable income tax regulations. Tickets are available online prior to the gala -- only 250 tickets will be sold.
    • For $25 per ticket, imagine winning Dinner for a Year, courtesy of $100 gift certificates from 12 area restaurants. Think Mr. P's Bistro, Salt 64, Fizzy Janes, Castucci's ... Tickets are available online and will be sold at the gala.
    • Another $25 per ticket sold only at the gala could give you Wine for a Year to take home: a fabulous case of mixed bottles worth at least $40 each.
  • Heads & Tails - Have fun playing this 50/50 raffle on-site only with a $5 buy in. Take the money and run!
  • Wine Pull - Draw a bottle of white, red, rose or bubbly in a blind pull. Every bottle guaranteed to be at least worth $30, some much higher.

And don't forget our 3rd Annual Gala Silent Auction proceeding throughout the event, back by popular demand!


  • Love the bourbon bar? Get your signature gala glass for just $5
  • Buy a souvenir t-shirt featuring funny, Southport-centric designs for just $10



General admission tickets for $75 are sold out as of January 11, but we are keeping a wait list, in case more become available. Email info@upyourarts.org for more information. The price includes seating at a high-top table, entertainment, beer, wine and the buffet.

Reserved host tables for $100 per guest sold out, too, (they went fast!) but a limited number of individual and business sponsorship tables are still available with reserved seating for parties of eight, six, and four at a cost of $150 per guest. They come with lots of tangible benefits besides a good time with friends, family, and colleagues, and they won't last long. Email info@upyourarts.org for more information.

Event sponsorships are also available with reserved premium seating for parties of eight or six. Please email inquiries to info@upyourarts.org. In addition to the full range of benefits offered to table sponsors, event sponsors receive a promotional banner displayed during the gala, VIP early welcome to the event, and swag bag merch for each guest at the table.

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

Date and time

Sat, March 9, 2024
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT


St James Community Center
4136 Southport-Supply Road SE,
Southport, NC 28461

(Coat check AND indoor bathrooms -- now, we're really gettin' fancy!)


Whatever makes you feel cool & fancy!


Parking is available for free at the venue. Billy's Ride Sharing Service is available by advance reservation or on a first-come-first-served basis from 9:30 to 10:30 pm. Call (631)276-3876 to reserve.

Online Raffle

Just in time for Valentine's Day (sort of), Up Your Arts is raffling off an Evolution D5 Series Ranger 4 golf cart!

This 2024 model worth over $12,000 is about as cool and snazzy as it gets, or you could substitute it for $10,000 cash, instead. Only 250 tickets will be sold for $100 each, so be sure to get yours early! Federal and state income tax regulations apply to either prize.

Give that special person who has everything the best gift of all - antici...pation!

Win Dinner for a Year!

Imagine having dinner at Mr. P's Bistro in March, at Salt 64 in April, at Fizzy Jane's in May, at Castucci's Italian Restaurant in June, at Ports of Call Bistro in July -- a different fabulous meal on into the summer, fall, and winter ... Yum!

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