New Year's in the Bay Lights Up
- story by Lisa Monti
The Starfish Café’s New Year’s Eve Gala has all the makings of a memorable celebration: delicious food and of course drinks, live music, a ball drop at midnight, and a silent auction like you’ve probably never seen before.
And it’s all for a good cause: raising funds to buy the Main Street property that houses the cafe.
“The purpose is to kick off the 2017 capital campaign,” said Di Fillhart. “By December 1, 2017, we have to raise $160,000 to buy the property.”
The cafe, known for its wholesome menu, is going into full celebratory mode for the gala.
How to buy Gala tickets
Tickets to the benefit gala are $50/person and include dinner, live music and complimentary midnight champagne toast. Only a limited number will be available at the door. Tickets available at the Starfish Café, 211 Main Street, from 8 - 5pm on Friday, January 30th. Or purchase online! Go to the Starfish website, hit the Paypal "Donate" button and simply put "NYE" in the memo box!
The Gala Menu
Organizers are working on other food stations, including one that involves a make-your-own waffle.
There will be a cash bar with a complimentary midnight toast and live music starting at 8 p.m., and a lighted starfish will be dropped by boom at the stroke of midnight.
“It will be an eclectic mix of food, subject to change,” said Fillhart of the ongoing preparations. But it will be fitting for a year-end celebration. “It’s the ‘end of year and my diet starts tomorrow’ kind of mix.”
“It’s a unique way to raise money and it connects the community,” she said. The winning bidders may become regular customers and make new friends they might not otherwise have met, she said.
The gala will be at the Bay St. Louis Community Center on Blaize Avenue. Tickets are $50 each and only 400 will be sold.
Everything will be eco-friendly right down to the compostable plates and glasses. Dress is “casual bling.”