An international sand sculpting festival and local favorite event, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, took place November 10-13, 2023. The 13th annual event was presented by the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. Neal Communities, the area’s largest private homebuilder, contributed a sponsorship in the amount of $2,500.
The Siesta Key Crystal Classic is a visual and cultural arts festival held on the white sand beaches of Siesta Kay every November. During the first three days of the festival, 24 master sculptors created sand masterpieces, competing for recognition and prizes. On Saturday evening, the sculptures were illuminated with colored lights after sunset. With some sculptures towering more than 10 feet tall, Siesta Key was transformed into an outdoor art gallery.
Max Good, a staff accountant with Neal Communities, attended the Siesta Key Crystal Classic with his wife, Maddie. “Like so many others, Maddie and I were excited to see Siesta Key beach transformed by these impressive sculptures,” said Max. “It became even more awesome for me when two different couples saw me taking photos by the Neal Communities logo and told me how much they love their Neal Communities home! It was a surreal moment that definitely put in perspective for me what we do at Neal.”
In addition to the sand sculpture contest, the festival included live music, shopping, food and drink vendors, sand sculpting lessons, an amateur competition and “quick sand,” a contest of speed and skill. The centerpiece of the festival was a large community sculpture completed by all of the artists and featuring the sponsors’ logos.
“This event is so unique and special for Siesta Key and the surrounding community,” said Pat Neal, founder and chairman of Neal Communities. “We’re proud to support the Siesta Key Crystal Classic and showcase the beautiful beach that draws so many to this area.”
Neal Communities has a philanthropic culture and a core belief that “Where You Live Matters.” The latest giving is part of more than $7.75 million Neal Communities has donated to local charities and causes throughout Southwest Florida.