We are a non-profit organization and an integral part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
We sponsor wholesome activities that are youth and family-friendly.
We support other community and charitable causes as determined by our membership. Our intent is to support a community infrastructure that helps foster an enduring rapport between all of the residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Our Founders & Legacy Member
Bettye J. Pollard
April 27, 1936 – May 2, 2019
Mrs. Bettye Pollard was born in Biloxi, MS to John L, Burney and Francis L. Burney. She was married to James H. Pollard Sr. for 62 years and had three children. She enjoyed family fun and traveling and possessed a strong belief in God. Her devotion to serve others was an essential part of her life and she practiced the gift of giving on a daily basis.
She was an active member of the community and devoted over 25 years to the lives of children at Moore Community House of Biloxi. She continuously fostered a deep commitment to make her community a better place both individually and through established relationships. She served her community by being active in social clubs, parental organizations, and local churches. She truly recognized the value of giving by being generous with her time and talents, which brought light and life to many incredible charitable and community endeavors. She was a founder and active member of the Second Liners Mardi Gras Club which has continued the mission of providing community and outreach activities for youth and families on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Jerry L. Williams
Jerry L. Williams was born in Biloxi, Ms in 1957 to the late Curtis & Lillie Williams. He attended A. E. Perkins Elementary and attended both Junior High Schools at Nichols and Fernwood and went on to graduate from Biloxi High School. His college days were spent at Mississippi College in Clinton, Ms. He is employed at Huntington Ingalls Ship Building Systems in Pascagoula, Ms. A member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He has two children. Married to Glenda R Williams. A member of the Vernon Gilbert Elks Lodge #576 and The Kingsmen Social Club.
Anthony "Mitch" Mitchell, Sr.
February 28, 1949 - August 3, 2023
Anthony Mitchell was born in Biloxi and attended A.E. Perkins Elementary and M. F. Nichols Jr. and Sr. High Schools. His college days were spent at Mississippi College in Clinton, Ms. The Viet Nam War interrupted his college years at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). During this departure he proudly served the U.S. Army as an Operation Room Technician. He returned to MVSU and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences. He was employed as an electronics instructor at Keesler AFB for 30 years. He was also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Mitch served as President of The Second Liners Mardi Gras Club for over 20 years. Under his leadership the club gained Non-Profit Status, became a part of the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, and grew to over 75 members.
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Sergeant At Arms
The Second Liners Mardi Gras Club was founded in the East Biloxi community in Biloxi, MS in 1995. It evolved through an idea as one of our members was watching a kid’s parade on television and thought it would be a great idea for the neighborhood. It started with kids going around the block with wagons and people in the neighborhood helping out. The parade culminated with a community fun fest free to the general public and continues to date. The parade has grown to include as many as 80 units parading.
The purposes of the Second Liners Mardi Gras Club, Inc. are to sponsor, support and provide wholesome Community and Outreach Activities that are both youth and family-friendly. Primarily our focus is on projects that are vital to the community, promote and support neighborhood enrichment, promote and support health and human resource awareness.
Many of our members put in countless hours to civic causes throughout the year in the various communities here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The intent of our organization is to serve our community and to develop an enduring rapport between its residents. Our name is misleading to some who do not understand certain industry non-profit organizations and the vital work we do for the community. The purposes of our club tell the true story of our existence, planning, and civic nature. Therefore proceeds earned are in turn to support charitable causes and go back into the community.
The organization’s current membership stands at seventy-two sustaining members and six honorary members. Although the club is home-based in the East Biloxi community, we are proud that we have been able to bring together citizens from the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast community and from the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
We are registered with the State of Mississippi, Secretary of State as a charitable organization and we are 50l(c)3 entity as designated by the Internal Revenue Service. That makes the organization a, “double nickel”, a two in one 501(c) (3), as it were. The term is inside slang for civic organizations that also carry a Carnival/Mardi Gras component. We are one of just eight (8) organizations of this type on the entire Gulf Coast.
We offer a faithful presence among the less fortunate and suffering in our community by providing compassionate service, programs, and activities throughout the year. We create inspiration and as a mandate of our faith show love for our community with the many acts of compassion and services we provide.
We have been so blessed over the years have been able to garner the support and/or sponsorship of several entities over the years who support what we do, including the IP Casino, WJZD94.5, Harrison County Board of Supervisors, and the City of Biloxi just to name a few.
Community service is what we do and we do so by being actively involved with various community agencies or organizations through the giving time: Examples include:
IP Casino Resort Spa
East Biloxi Boys and Girls Club
City of Biloxi – Night Out Against Crime
City of Biloxi – Neighborhood \Watch
City of Biloxi Juneteenth Celebration
Nursing Home Visitation
Annual Easter Kids Extravaganza
Indirect community service is a function we do also by providing resources through a roundabout procedure. Examples include:
Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
A desire to help others through the donation of money or physical items
Thanksgiving Turkey Give away
Saint Paul de Vincent Society
Annual Scholarship Awards
Supporting local churches
We also provide community services through advocacy when applicable, by writing letters or speaking in support of a community agency or organization and or by organizing activities to increase awareness of a topic or issue.
We are aware of our environment and our organization has a specific way of interacting and accomplishing things. \Ve are excited about our programs and services and being involved with other entities to meet a need within the community is a truly rewarding experience and to say we enjoy our scenic opportunities is indeed an understatement. It is our sense of responsibility of keeping our commitment to make a difference, feel good doing it, strengthening our community and our organization that we do what we do.
Marvin Dickey, President
“There are so many people who have to get by with all types of nothing, whether it is no food, no affection, no education, or no respect. To alleviate any degree of any burden, – to make something better – is, for me, the pinnacle of accomplishment and hope.”