The large white circus tent that bloomed out of the dewy grass, brightly contrasted with the dark grey skies of New College’s bayfront. Though the scene outside of the tent was dreary, enveloped underneath was a whirlwind of bright, punchy colors, an array flowers and buckets of crisp white wine. The 32nd annual Pique-nique sur la Baie sold was held on Friday, March 27 and sold nearly 550 tickets—an increase from previous years.
To embrace this year’s “Travel Around the World” theme, guests were given auction “passports” at the door, silent auction items were displayed in luggage bags and the fashion show, organized by The Met Fashion House & Day Spa, included clothing said to be inspired by a variety of countries and cultures.
Pique-nique is a fundraiser spearheaded by the New College Foundation to raise money for the school. Though the amount of money raised this year is still being totalled, $55,000 was raised last year. Up for bidding in the live auction was VIP packages to the Sarasota Film Festival, dinner and a five-hour use of a Rolls Royce and two priceless tickets to the Ralph Lauren fashion show at New York Fashion Week which included a four night stay in NYC and airfare for two. The live auction alone raised more than $17,000.