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2024 FRIENDS Gala

Why This Fundraising Event Is Important

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is committed to championing meaningful, interactive experiences that increase awareness and appreciation of music for all ages throughout the Sarasota-Manatee region. We accomplish this through a broad-ranged program of educational outreach, acclaimed scholarship initiatives, and providing performance opportunities to exceptional young musicians.

  • Financial Support to Young Artists – Since 2002, we have provided funds totaling $480,500 for education and development.
  • In-School Programs – We have touched more than 29,900 area students and teachers, sparking inspiration and awareness with our free, performance-based outreach programs.
  • Suncoast Music Scholarships – Originally formed In partnership with the Sarasota Music Club, we offer $10,000 in awards annually to area high school students for music education.
  • Our state competition is for college students (ages 17-22). Last year was a vocal competition, this year it is a piano competition and next year will be a string competition.
  • Community Outreach Programs – We visit senior residences, nursing homes, and community organizations. The program includes a nine-year collaboration with the Neuro-Challenge Foundation for Parkinsons and Key Chorale to offer therapeutic choral-singing programs for Parkinsons patients and caregivers via the “Off-Key Chorale.”
  • Concert Performance Opportunities – We provide performance opportunities for emerging artists through collaboration with leading conservatories, competitions, and organizations.

Click here to read about sponsorship opportunities and benefits for the 2024 FRIENDS Gala

Featured Entertainment

Caleb Horner, Piano

First Place 10th grade 2022 & 11th grade 2023 Suncoast Music Scholarship Competition

Matrick Thorpe, Cello

First Place 10th grade  2023 Suncoast Music Scholarship Competition

Eddie Tobin, Piano

For your enjoyment during cocktails and dinner

The Evening Will Include

Live Auction

  • A villa for two for a relaxing week on Antigua – no expiration date
  • A private villa in Manciano, Tuscany to enjoy for a week for four people – no expiration date
  • A 7-day Holland America cruise for two – no expiration date
  • A 7-day Viking River Cruise for two – no expiration date
  • A foursome at Laurel Oak Country Club including cart and lunch – May 2024 thru October 2024  


5:30 p.m.

Cocktails (open bar)
Silent Auction Perusing
Wall of Wine Purchases

6:45 p.m.
Dinner Seating
8:00 p.m.
Entertainment, Auctions and Fun!


Dr. Joseph Holt &
Paco Martinez-Alvarez


Salad, Hot Rolls
Surf and Turf Entrée includes Chateau Filet and Shrimp or
Vegetarian Pasta Primavera
Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus & Baby Carrots
Chocolate Cake

Reservations required - $175 per person ($55 tax deductible). Please call the office at 941-306-1202 to make a reservation or

Wall of Wine

Purchase a numbered wine cork for $25 and you are guaranteed a bottle of wine worth at least $25 or a whole lot more!

Silent Auction

Restaurants, entertainment, events, golf, fishing excursions, VIP Tour of Mote Marine, wine tastings, private luncheon, and much more!