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- by  Marty Katz
New College of Florida will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of its annual Clambake, hosted by the New College Foundation, at 6 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 3.

The event will take place on the New College bayfront beside College Hall, 351 College Dr., Sarasota. All ticket proceeds benefit student scholarships.

Event chairs are Erin Christy, Doug Christy and Charlene Heiser Wolff. Tickets start at $275, and sponsorships are available.

This time-honored fundraising event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships. Last year, the Clambake raised more than $530,000—the most ever raised in the event’s history.

“Scholarships are essential to attracting outstanding students from around the region, nation and world, and providing them with a truly exceptional liberal arts education,” said Heiser Wolff on behalf of her co-chairs. “While New College is public, 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.”

The New College 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,” Heiser Wolff said. “Guests can invest in the future of New College, while hearing from our exceptional students and faculty and enjoying New England fare catered by Michael’s On East, entertainment, cocktails and a breathtaking sunset.”

Clambake has been one of Sarasota’s most popular philanthropic events for more than four decades.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, call 941-487-4800, email foundation@ncf.edu or visit ncf.edu/clambake.