Pique Nique Returns to Social Calendar in New Partnership

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Pique Nique Returns to Social Calendar in New Partnership


Pique Nique Sur La Baie, one of the most popular events on the Sarasota social calendar for more than three decades, will return this spring in a new collaborative partnership between Florida Winefest and New College of Florida.


Pique Nique will be Friday, April 6, 2018, under an elegant tent on the south lawn of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, overlooking Sarasota Bay.


Florida Winefest will now organize and manage Pique Nique, which the New College Foundation had sponsored for 33 years. New College remains a partner in the event and will assist in planning.


“We know how much Pique Nique is beloved in the community, and we’re delighted to have this partnership with Florida Winefest,” said MaryAnne Young, executive director of the New College Foundation.


“We are pleased  and excited to be able to partner with New College and carry on the tradition of Pique Nique.  Children of a younger age will also benefit from this collaborative effort,” said Sandy Loevner, a volunteer who serves as Winefest board chair and helps organize the event. Loevner also served on the Pique Nique committee in its early years.


Proceeds from the event will benefit local disadvantaged children’s charities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, which Winefest has supported for the past 28 years. Florida Winefest also will make a $10,000 scholarship donation to New College from the proceeds.


Florida Winefest is a non-profit that provides funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs that assist disadvantaged children, youth, and families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. It has donated more than $8.4 million to local charities.


The New College Foundation provides the necessary private funding to enable New College to continue providing an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education to high-achieving undergraduates from Florida and elsewhere.



Pique Nique Sur la Baie

Presented by Florida Winefest

Friday, April 6, 2018

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, south lawn

For information and tickets, visit: https://floridawinefest.org/events-tickets/


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New College of Florida is a national leader in the arts and sciences and is the State of Florida’s designated honors college for the liberal arts. Consistently ranked among the top public liberal arts colleges in America by U.S. News & World ReportForbes and The Princeton Review, New College attracts highly motivated, academically talented students from 38 states and 22 foreign countries. A higher proportion of New College students receive Fulbright awards than graduates from virtually all other colleges and universities.

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