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Date of Issue: November 22, 2007

Center ready to have an affair

With the newly built Anna Maria Island Community Center now open, members of the Center’s executive committee held their first meeting at the revitalized facility and executive director Pierrette Kelly took the time to thank the board for its work the past six years in turning a dream into a reality.

“Thank you for your support during the last few years. Together, we have experienced some challenging and difficult times,” she said.

While everyone can now “take a deep breath” as the new Center is open, she said, the board’s work is not done.

The board’s next major goal will be to find the balance of funds needed to reduce the debt on the Center, which Kelly estimated at approximately $500,000.

The board also needs to continue to secure the funds required so that “no child will ever be turned away because a parent cannot afford to pay for the programs and services the Center provides.”

Kelly also said volunteers are needed for several committees, including finance, branding and public relations, development and governance.

Current members of the Center’s executive/finance committee are Tom Breiter, Scott Rudacille, John Horne, Bill Ford, Stewart Moon and Andy Price. The development committee is composed of Carol Carter, Pierrette Kelly and Aida Matic, while the public relations and branding committee members are Bob Carter and Darcie Duncan.

Looming on the horizon, however, is an affair. Actually, it’s an Affaire to Remember, the Center’s annual fundraising dinner auction. This year’s event is slated for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008. The date was pushed up a few months from May to allow more winter visitors and residents to attend.

The Affair’s organizing committee, headed by Trudy Moon, is still busy gathering raffle prizes, auction items and sponsors.

Anyone interested in giving a prize or raffle item, volunteering to serve on a committee, being a sponsor or reserving a table, should call 941-778-1908.