SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 27, 2015) – Brunch on the Bay, USF Sarasota-Manatee’s signature fundraising event, is shaping up to be another rousing success with nearly 1,000 community supporters, alumni, faculty and staff anticipated.
This year’s Brunch – the 22nd annual one – is set for Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the USFSM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
USFSM’s premier social event, Brunch is renowned as an elegant, tasteful affair featuring champagne, mimosas and delicious cuisine from the region’s finest restaurants.
But the annual occasion is so much more as it turns out, serving as the campus’ signature fundraising event to generate college scholarships for USF Sarasota-Manatee students.
Last year’s Brunch, for example, raised more $330,000, including $100,000 in First Generation Scholarships that are matched with state grants. For this year’s Brunch, corporate and individual donors contributed more than $370,000, which is a fundraising record for Brunch.
Additionally, since 1994 the Brunch event has contributed more than $1.3 million to the “Brunch on the Bay Scholarship Endowment,” which has generated more than $1 million in scholarships. More than 1,400 USFSM students – mostly from Sarasota and Manatee counties – have benefitted from this endowment.
“Brunch on the Bay is the unofficial kickoff to this area’s social season and is one of the most rewarding to be a part of,” USFSM Vice Chancellor Dennis Stover said. “Our community continues to show amazing support for our campus and Brunch is a terrific opportunity to gather all of our closest friends together to celebrate and raise money for student scholarships.”
Of course, this annual event wouldn’t be a brunch without food, so this year 20 of the region’s finest restaurants and catering establishments have signed on to prepare their signature dishes under tents set up on USFSM’s beautiful, scenic campus. Guests arriving will be greeted by “Student Ambassadors” and escorted to their tables.
USF System President Dr. Judy Genshaft, USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone and various local dignitaries from Sarasota and Manatee counties are expected to attend. USF Alumna Dr. Anila Jain and USFSM Alumna Tracy O’Neill are co-chairing this year’s Brunch.
Additionally, last week Manatee County’s Board of County Commissioners officially proclaimed Sunday to be “University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Day” in recognition of Brunch on the Bay. And on Tuesday, Sarasota County Commissioners issued a Certificate of Recognition for USF Sarasota-Manatee’s 40th anniversary, being celebrated this academic year.
So this Sunday, as we look back on 40 years of serving Sarasota and Manatee counties, and as we look toward the future, we hope you will enjoy what promises to be an elegant and memorable Brunch on the Bay.
For more information on Brunch on the Bay, visit www.usfsm.edu/brunch.