Auditors for the Anna Maria Island Community Center told the center’s board of directors at their Dec. 10 meeting that the center ran a deficit in 2012.
At the same time, however, auditor Eric Troyer gave the accounting by the center a clean audit, the highest rating he could give.
Board of directors president Greg Ross said the $20,000 deficit can be made up with an outstanding Affaire to Remember fundraising event and other fundraising projects planned for 2013.
Interim executive director and chief operating officer Scott Dell said the Affaire to Remember should bring in $200,000-$250,000 in revenue for the center.
This year’s event has some special surprises and should be the biggest and best ever, he predicted.
Dell said planning began after the 2012 event and he is confident the 2013 gala will be a major success.
Additionally, the ongoing Lester Challenge is expected to raise about $50,000, Ross said.
In other business, Ross said Stuart Moon Jr. and Cindy Thompson have been nominated for membership on the board. Election of new members and officers for the coming year will be at the board’s next meeting, at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at the center.
Charles and Joey Lester of Anna Maria are offering their annual $25,000 challenge to raise funds for the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
The Lesters match donations from individuals and companies up to $25,000, said Sharen Pittman of the center staff. The donation period ends Dec. 31.
“I’d like to remind people that their donations are tax deductible, and I’ve sent out a number of reminders to people to remember the challenge. It seems like some people have forgotten the challenge and how much it helps the center,” she said.
Donations are running a bit behind where they normally are at this time, Pittman noted.