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The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s signature annual event, Brunch on the Bay, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday, November 10—marking  two decades of raising funds for local undergraduate scholarships. Since 1994, Brunch on the Bay has been USFSM’s premiere event, providing millions in scholarship dollars and building community awareness.

Guests included over 1,000 corporate and individual donors, community leaders, volunteers, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. Nineteen of Sarasota and Manatee Counties’ finest restaurants and caterers prepared their signature dishes for the event, held under tents on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.


In the 20 years of Brunch on the Bay at USF Sarasota-Manatee, the event has provided over $1.3 million to the university endowment and has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships, including more than 450 thousand dollars to First Generation students, the first in their families to attend college.

In 2012, we awarded 66 Brunch Scholarships for a total of $51,000 dollars. Last year, more than 140 corporate and individual donors contributed to the success of Brunch on the Bay.

This year, more than 150 corporate and individual donors gave $360,000 in support of Brunch on the Bay, co-chaired by USF alumni Charles Baumann and Amy Drake. The dedicated commitment of the Sarasota-Manatee community makes possible financial aid for USFSM students from all facets of life. In the 20 years of Brunch on the Bay, the event has added over $1.3 million to the university endowment and generated over $950,000 in scholarships, including those to First Generation students, the first in their families to attend college. In 2013, USFSM awarded 56 Brunch scholarships.