New College President Donal O’Shea; Jas Marie, New College student; and MaryAnne Young, executive director of the New College Foundation, at the 2019 Clambake
New College President Donal O’Shea; Jas Marie, New College student; and MaryAnne Young, executive director of the New College Foundation, at the 2019 Clambake


By Su Byron

New College will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of its annual Scholarship Clambake, hosted by the New College Foundation, at 6 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 4 on the campus bayfront.

MaryAnne Young, the executive director of the Foundation, stresses the pivotal role of New College’s scholarships. Scholarships are essential to attracting outstanding students from around the region, the nation and the world, and providing them with a truly exceptional liberal arts education, she said.

“While New College is public, state funding covers only a portion of the cost of maintaining our status as a national leader in education,” Young said. “Our scholarship program closes the gap, and it makes it all possible.”

According to Young, the Foundation provides more than $2 million for student scholarships, faculty and student research, academic excellence, and campus enhancements.

“Clambake has been a very successful way to help empower this life-changing effort,” she said. “Guests can invest in the future of New College, while hearing from our exceptional students and faculty, and enjoying a breathtaking sunset and inspired feast.”

She adds that guests will have the opportunity to meet Patricia Okker, Ph.D., New College’s new president.

“We can’t wait to introduce Dr. Okker to our community during this very special event,” Young said.

Featuring cocktails at sunset, New England fare and a live auction, Clambake has been one of Sarasota’s most popular philanthropic events for more than four decades.

The event will take place on the New College bayfront beside College Hall, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. All ticket proceeds benefit student scholarships. Tickets start at $250 and sponsorships are available. For more information, call 941-487-4800.

Su Byron is the communications specialist for the New College Foundation.


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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