Enjoy a video recap of this year’s event and view through the program below for one of Sarasota’s most cherished events, the 44th annual New College Foundation Soirée on the Bay, Clambake!

The event will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 6pm at College Hall on the stunning New College bayfront.

This time-honored fundraising event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars, allowing New College to attract outstanding students from around the nation, region and world and providing them with a truly exceptional liberal arts education.

This year, New College of Florida will share its vision to create a world-class Master’s program in areas such as Marine Mammal Science, Environmental Economics, Educational Leadership and Data Science.

Scholarships and enhancements are an essential component to attracting outstanding students from around the region, nation, and world and providing them with a truly exceptional liberal arts education. While New College is a public institution, state funding covers only a portion of the cost of maintaining our status as a national leader in education. The scholarship program closes the gap.

Please review the enclosed sponsorship opportunities and invest in the future of New College students. You won’t want to miss the New England fare catered by Michael’s on East, wine by a notable featured winemaker, entertainment, and a breathtaking sunset on Sarasota Bay. Don’t miss the opportunity to be involved in one of Sarasota’s most popular philanthropic events for more than four decades.

Best regards,
Elizabeth Moore and Don Patterson
Clambake Co-Chairs

Tickets & Sponsorships

Event sponsorships are now available. Review the sponsorship levels and click on the downloadable event sponsorship reservation form that follows toward the bottom of this page. You may use this secure web portal for your sponsorship or other gifts. Please call 941-487-4800 for more information about sponsorship opportunities. Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships

Special Thanks to all of our 2023 Clambake Sponsors

Logos of Clambake Sponsors. See long description associated with this image.

Thank you!


The Syprett Family-Daquiri Deck
Richard & Anne Corcoran
Keith & Peggy Leclerc
Mote Scientific Foundation
Creative Contractors
Sarasota Magazine


Robinson, Gruters & Roberts CPAs
Grimes Galvano Law
Sarasota Veterinary Center
Drs. Lance Karp and Lisa Klein
Douglas Jeep Chrysler Dodge
Southern Equipment Corp
Lots of Love Foundation, Inc.
Williams Parker
Kayla Mitchell Foundation
Tandem Construction
Palm Printing


Vin Cella
Melissa and Ian Howard
Scott Moore
Monica Van Buskirk and Dr. Richard Van Buskirk
Willis Smith Construction
Sunwest Bank
The Arthur S Karp Family Foundation
Prospects Plus
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport
Susan Burns and Larry Eger
Kerkering Barberio & Co-Larry Geimer
James & C’ann McDonald, Jr.


JE Charlotte Construction
Mauldin & Jenkins
Sue Jacobson
Arroyo McArdle
Dan & Sara Stults
Hees & Associates + Bennett & Pless, Inc.
Charlene Heiser Wolff
Representative Fiona McFarland
Debra A. Jenks and Robert J. Harvey

Download, Print and Return this Sponsorship Opportunities, Benefits and Reservation Form to sponsor the 2023 Soiree on the Bay Clambake

Friday October 13, 2023 is the deadline for sponsorships

Clambake Committee

Don Patterson Co-Chair
Elizabeth Moore Co-Chair
Erik Arroyo
Greg & Jennifer Douglas
Mark Famiglio
Charlene Heiser Wolff
Melissa Howard
Sue Jacobson
Renee Phinney
Katy Saegar
Dan Stults
Charlie Ann Syprett
Richard & Monica Van Buskirk
Barry Weisblatt
Bifurcation Notice

If you are considering in giving to the New College Foundation’s Annual Clambake from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) and to ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you

Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF grant are not permitted. IRS has specifically ruled that costs associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.” For example, if the ticket breaks out the cost for the dinner and the gift to the charity, the donor must pay from sources other than their DAF for the full value of the ticket and not just for the non-charitable amount.

We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm how you may still use your DAF to support New College Foundation’s Annual Clambake.

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New College Foundation

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