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Help us welcome our newest gators

Back to School Beach Bash - Celebrating Manatee County's UF Class of 2028

July 9, 2024

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Incoming UF Freshmen from Manatee County celebrate together at the 2023 Beach Bash

The Manatee County Gator Club is hosting our 21st Annual Back-to School Beach Bash on August 11th at the Beach House Restaurant. This event is our way of welcoming and congratulating Manatee County’s newest UF students. Starting college is a big event for these students and we hope this introduction into the Gator Nation will be a great start to their college experience. This will also give them a chance to meet their fellow UF classmates from Manatee County.


In addition to socializing, the students will be treated to dinner, will play Gator Trivia, receive a “Welcome to UF” goodie bag and will have an opportunity to win a raffle prize. We are asking select Gainesville & Manatee County businesses and individuals if they would like to help us recognize these exceptional students.


What a great opportunity to applaud these Manatee County students and reward their accomplishments!




  • "Treat a Student(s) to Dinner” Donation: We are asking Club members, friends, and local businesses to help with a donation of just $25 to help us offset the cost of the meals by treating a student to dinner.

  • Goodie Bag Item Donation: Goodie bags have included coupons to Gainesville restaurants, t-shirts, water bottles, Gatorade, and a wide array of swag items such as beads, plastic cups, keychains, koozies & pens.

  • Student Raffle Prize Donation: We anticipate approximately 40 students to attend and our goal is to award each student a raffle prize. Past raffle prizes have included items such as shirts, gift cards, Gator & dorm décor, and gift baskets just to name a few

If you own, work for, or know of a business that might be interested in helping please let us know or have them get in contact with us. All donations will receive recognition on our website and on table tents at the event. If you would like to contribute to this event or have questions concerning this or any other upcoming sponsorship opportunities, please contact Dave Bolen at or the Gator Club at


We appreciate your support,




Arrangements can be made to pick up

donations or they can be mailed to:

Manatee County Gator Club

P.O. Box 451

Bradenton, FL 34206-0451

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