The 2017 Gator Football Season is approaching and we can't wait to see what head coach Jim McElwain has in store for our beloved Gators!  Kick off the season with guest speaker Marty Cohen and dinner at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Potter Building for our 2017 Kick Off Scholarship Fundraiser Party.  

All proceeds benefit our Sarasota County Gator Club Scholarship Fund.  We've donated over $70,000 in scholarship aid in the last five years! Each year we hand select local high school seniors attending UF to receive between $500 -$1,000 each in scholarship aid.  

Guest speaker Marty Cohen is a native of Long Island, N.Y. with long time ties to Gainesville. He enrolled at UF in 1978 and spent his sophomore year working at The Alligator, serving as a sports editor for two semesters and a correspondent for other state newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel. He started writing for Gator Bait in 1981 and stayed a few years before becoming a sports writer for the Fort Myers News Press in 1985. He later took another job as editor of Buccaneer, the magazine of the Tampa Bay Bucs. He moved on to work on the sports desk for Florida Today in Melbourne before returning to Gainesville. He’s been at Gator Bait ever since.

Cohen has also hosted a Sunday night show on Star 99.5 (WBXY-FM), and a weekly radio show with a guest on WRUF 850. He and co-host Steve Russell have hosted Gator Beat on WUFT Channel 5, the only locally produced television slow dealing solely with Gators during football and basketball seasons.

For many years he’s been guest speaker at about a dozen Gator clubs around the state. He has also published a book, “Gator Tales,” and has served as president of the Gainesville High School football booster club.

Sarasota Fairgrounds - Potter Building

3000 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34237

$29 for UFAA members
$35 for non-members

Includes dinner buffet and guest speaker, Marty  Cohen. Cash bar will be available 


Please pre-pay for your tickets by mailing a check to:

Sarasota County Gator Club 
PO Box 48753 
Sarasota, FL 34230

Your payment will serve as your RSVP

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Sarasota County Gator Club

2017 Kickoff Fundraising Party

​Wednesday, August 23, 2017 ~ Sarasota Fairgrounds - Potter Building

Doors Open at 5:30 PM