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#17 (11/20/17)

A Fundraising Goal is Achieved!

SBPO reached their $2.1 million fundraising goal to ensure the delivery of a professionally prepared master plan for the sustainable development of our Sarasota Bayfront!


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“In addition to being proud to have worked with two amazing people who volunteered their time to make this goal a reality, we are extremely thankful for all those who said yes to investing in the future of our Bayfront,” said Drayton Saunders, President of Michael Saunders & Company. “The 42- acres carries with it the aspirations of a community and the tremendous potential to continue to define the best of what a community can achieve when it collaborates.” 

“We are very grateful to all of our investors for supporting the future of our Bayfront,” said Veronica Brady, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “This project has tremendous potential and the success of this campaign will allow us to more effectively attract future investment opportunities for what’s to come along our bay.” 

Aside from nearly 60 donors who have invested in the planning initiative, several foundations provided financial support including The Patterson Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. 

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“Each member of our community has the opportunity to help our Bayfront evolve into a resource that will be accessible and enjoyable for generations to come,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, which provided $300,000 in catalytic funding to support SBPO’s work. “SBPO’s commitment to engaging the very best master-planning team and working deliberately with stakeholders from multiple sectors to inform the project’s path going forward will surely result in a positive return on everyone’s investment.” 

The funds will be used to hire the leadership team along with planning and design firm, Sasaki, to create a financially feasible, operationally viable, and environmentally sustainable master plan for the City Commission to review and approve in the Fall of 2018.