Finders Keepers Glass Ball returns

The Finders Keepers Glass Ball, a night of music, fun and celebration in Lincoln City, will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Beach Club & Event Center. That same day will be the start of the 20th year of Finders Keepers, the hunt for glass floats along Lincoln City’s seven miles of beaches. (Courtesy photo by Jordan May)

Gala in Lincoln City

The public is invited to a night of “high-glass” at the Finders Keepers Glass Ball in Lincoln City.

Back after popular demand, the Glass Ball returns to kick-off the signature Lincoln City promotion. Explore Lincoln City, in partnership with Backpacks for Kids, is proud to bring the event back, just in time for the 20th year of treasured hunting.

The Glass Ball, formerly the Glass Gala, was an annual tradition to kick off the Finders Keepers season and was discontinued in 2011. The event was a semi-formal affair featuring dinner, live music and a complimentary glass float for each attendee. To commemorate 20 years of Finders Keepers, Explore Lincoln City felt it was time to bring back the local event. The Glass Ball is also an opportunity to say “thank you” to the local community for their support and hospitality.

“We are celebrating 20 years of Finders Keepers by bringing back a time-honored event, the Glass Ball,” said Ed Dreistadt, director of Explore Lincoln City. “Unlike the glass floats put out for guests to find, the Glass Ball is an event for locals. Everyone who attends will go home with a glass float as a thank you for helping to host the guests who drive the economy of our town. It will be a night of music, fun and celebration of a program that is woven into the fabric of Lincoln City.”

The Glass Ball will be held at the Beach Club & Event Center on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. Attendees will enjoy dinner, a no-host bar, live music and a silent auction. All proceeds of the silent auction will go to Backpacks for Kids.

The 20th season of Finders Keepers kicks off on Oct. 13. Beachcombers of all ages can visit Lincoln City’s seven miles of coastline and hunt for a brightly colored glass float, each one carefully hidden by the Float Fairies.

“It’s been 20 years since the first locally-blown glass floats touched the sand, cleverly hidden for our guests to find as they walk our beautiful seven miles of beach,” Dreistadt said. “Finders Keepers has grown to be a phenomenon, with people flocking to Lincoln City in hopes of going home with the pinnacle of beach finds: a hand-blown glass float.”

Tickets for the Glass Ball are $20 each. All ages are welcome. To purchase tickets, visit LCGlassBall.com or call the Beach Club & Event Center at 541-418-5468.