Benefiting Mississippi Aquarium

Make a splash with us at the Inaugural Hancock Whitney Splash Bash benefiting Mississippi Aquarium. As the Mississippi Gulf Coast prepares for a world class aquatic attraction, surprises are in store for a night of music, food, cocktails and more! All proceeds will support bringing Mississippi Aquarium, a 501c3 Not for Profit, to life and will support our mission based on Education, Conservation and Community.

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Friday, September 21st
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Barksdale Pavilion
2269 Jones Park Drive
Gulfport, MS 39501

Sponsor and Patron Benefits

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Sponsor levels

The plans are in place, and we need you to help finish the journey to our opening in late 2019/early 2020. Mississippi Aquarium Foundation’s campaign goal is $7 million. These funds will go toward educational and outreach programs, research projects and the creation of our research and conservation endowment.

We invite you to “jump in” with us at Hancock Whitney Splash Bash - the first of an annual event benefiting Mississippi Aquarium. Sponsors have early access to the event, the Hancock Whitney VIP Lounge, and the Chill Tent, as well as upscale cocktail bars, delectable cuisine, comfortable seating, charging stations, and more. All Sponsors receive recognition on the event web page and welcome signage.

Sponsors must provide logos to Mississippi Aquarium no later than September 14, 2018 for logos to appear on website and welcome signage.

Patron Levels

Patrons have early access to the event, with hand-crafted libations and mouthwatering local food selections created just for the event. Patrons will also enjoy comfortable seating and a view of the main stage. All Patrons receive recognition on the event web page and welcome signage.

Thank you for your support!

*By attending this event, you consent to having your photograph used in social media and/or other promotional advertisements.

*To avoid processing fee, please mail check to: Mississippi Aquarium Foundation P.O. Box 1100 Gulfport, MS 39502

Splash Bash FAQ

I have additional questions. Who should I contact?

For more information, please contact Mississippi Aquarium at 228.284.6800 or  

Can I bring young children to the event?

This is an adult-only event. Anyone under 21 years of age will not be admitted.

What should I wear?

Guests can leave tuxedos and gowns at home, opting for more casual attire in coastal tones. Women can consider pants, casual dresses, or skirts with colorful accessories; men, slacks with polo or button-up shirts. With September still among the warm months in South Mississippi, linen can also be appropriate for a cool, sophisticated look.

Are food and drink included in my price of admission?

Absolutely!  All food and beverages will be included.  As a reminder, you must be 21 and older to enter.

Where can I park?

 Free parking is available in the CTA Parking Garage across Highway 90, north of Jones Park.  A complimentary shuttle service to and from the event will run throughout the evening.

What happens if it rains?

We’ll still have a great time!  This is a rain or shine event.


Linda & James Watts; Butch & Andi Oustalet; Frank & Jacqueline Bordeaux; Kent & Jenny Nicaud

THANK YOU, Patrons!
Lori Bell; Ryan Goldin; Landi & Ann Phillips; Kimberlie Rittner, Jeff Tomlins; Shannon Wall; MSIDS - Jeff Seigel; Adrian Smith; Christian Reeves; White Andrews, LLC - J. Ralph White; The Peoples Bank - Paul Guichet; TMC Home Loans - Cory Easterling; Hugh Keating; Kelly Englese; Insite Development Group; SouthGroup Insurance - Angelyn Treutel; Brown Mitchell & Alexander, Inc.; Matthew and Susan Grice; Julie and Joel Lawhead; Dr. Antoine Rizk; Enzian Farms - In Honor of the Spicuzza Family; Coast Transit Authority - Kevin Coggin; Dr. Oney and Linda Raines
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