GULFPORT, FLORIDA: On New Year’s Day, animal lovers will be offered an opportunity to support dozens of animal-rescue groups simply by enjoying a meal at Ecco Bistro & Tapas in Gulfport. Enjoy dinner or simply a glass of wine or dessert, and 20% of each check will be donated to Get Rescued…In Gulfport. Ecco is located at 3121 Beach Blvd. South in the heart of Gulfport’s historic waterfront arts district. This special night at Ecco coincides with Gulfport’s popular First Friday Art Walk, taking place from 6 to 10PM. Bring along your well-behaved canine companions, if you wish. Ecco also offers outdoor dining that is pet-friendly.
Get Rescued…In Gulfport, now in its sixth year, is an annual street festival that takes place on Gulfport’s Beach Blvd. Over 60 animal rescue groups from throughout the region are represented at this festive fundraising event that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 from 10AM to 5PM. Other vendors at the festival will offer pet-related crafts, art and other products. The Get Rescued event has become one of Gulfport’s most popular and beloved street festivals. Attendees are invited to bring along their own leashed, well-behaved dogs. Proceeds from fundraisers and the Get Rescued festival benefit the non-profit rescue groups. Participants are also encouraged to bring donations of pet food and cat litter to be distributed to the rescue groups.
Get Rescued…In Gulfport was conceived and founded by two Gulfport business owners and animal lovers: Lynda Shehan, owner of Auntie Lynda’s Pet Care, and Mary O’Malley, owner of Reef Dog Gifts & Grooming. Both Lynda and Mary will be present to welcome guests to Ecco at this special evening on Friday, January 1st. For more information about Get Rescued…In Gulfport, call 727-323-3892 or visit www.GetRescuedInGulfport.com.
Ecco Bistro & Tapas opened to a warm welcome and great reviews in early 2009. The menu features many unique and flavorful international-inspired tapas, as well as a slate of entrees from which to choose. The wine list is both excellent and affordable. See the menu at www.EccoDining.com. For reservations, call Ecco at 727-381-9797.