PHOTOS: 7th Annual Hurricane Ball

Men’s Club crowns a new Queen Fema

— The Marco Men’s Club hosted its annual Hurricane Ball Thursday night at Hideaway Beach Club. This is the 7th year of the event.

“The ‘Hurricane Ball’ is to celebrate the fact that Marco Island has not had a direct hit from a hurricane in a number of years,” said Bill Sullivan, president of Marco Men’s Club.

The evening started out with a cocktail hour, and then the attendees moved into the dining room for the evenings activities. Once in the dining room the door prizes were raffled off, the 2010 “Queen Fema,” Marlene Byard was crowned, dinner was served, and the Consecutones a ‘50s and ‘60s Doo Wop group consisting of Jeff Bradford, Alan Gilbert, and Bill Louth “Billy D” provided music to dance by.

Gayle Thawley, 2009 “Queen Fema,” drew Marlene Byard, 2010 “Queen Fema” name from a bowl filled with the names of all the ladies in attendance. The queen’s title is a reference to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). The queen’s duty is to keep hurricanes from hitting Marco Island. Her escort to the event, Dick Siska, was crowned king. The king only has a title and no actual duties.

The Hurricane Ball is the first big social event of the new year for the Marco Men’s Club.

For more information about the Marco Men’s Club, visit

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GBR writes:

PHOTOS: Hurricane Ball blowns into town

What is a *blowns*?


RayPray writes:

From the pix, perhaps more accurately designated Marco Old Men’s Club....

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to RayPray:

From the pix, perhaps more accurately designated Marco Old Men’s Club....

For a guy who is tip-toeing on this side of the lawn, I wouldn't call the kettle black!

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