Safety Harbor Centennial Gala cancelled due to poor ticket sales

The Safety Harbor Centennial Gala planned for Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales, according to organizers.

The Safety Harbor Centennial Gala planned for Saturday, Oct. 14, has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales, according to organizers.

Tickets for the event, which was to be held at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, cost $100 each, and the high price was reportedly a contributing factor in the cancellation.

“Due to poor ticket sales, we are going to be cancelling the Centennial Gala at the Spa on October 14th,” organizer Joe Caisse told Safety Harbor Connect by email last week.

“We are going to cancel the event now in order to allow the Spa to reschedule another event on that date.”

“Unfortunately, the residents haven’t responded to this Gala,” he added.

“I guess we overestimated the interest in an event that charges $100 per ticket.”

The Safety Harbor Centennial Gala planned for Saturday, Oct. 14, has been cancelled due to poor ticket sales, according to organizers. (Credit: Safety Harbor Centennial Gala Committee)

Caisse said members of the Centennial Gala Committee tried to bring the ticket price down, but “with the meal costs, the 7-piece band, and the decorations, we couldn’t price the event any cheaper. Unlike Oldsmar’s Centennial Gala, we also got no City money to subsidize the tickets.”

Caisse added the Spa was counting on making 250 meals in order for them to make their numbers work financially, and he said the band cost about $4,000 for the evening.

He said event organizers were sorry they were not able to pull the Gala together despite their best efforts.

“Ultimately, the Centennial Committee did a lot of work to have a last-minute Gala because the City wanted Centennial events, but we misjudged the public when we thought they wanted an expensive elegant affair,” Caisse wrote.

Caisse said the Chamber of Commerce, which was hosting the event, would be informing members of the cancellation and refunding those who already purchased tickets.

The Folk and Fruit and Brew Fest, scheduled for October 18 & 19 at the Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, will close out the City’s schedule of centennial activities in 2017.

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