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2nd Save Our Center meeting set for July 14

Pirates of the Gulf Coast, including Paul Allgire, left, Rick Maddox, Mitch Stewart and Brook Smith, visit the Anna Maria Island Community Center June 28 with a donation for the Save Our Center campaign. Holding the $1,000 check are Wende Webb of the center, and center executive director Dawn Stiles, right. Islander Courtesy Photo

Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Dawn Stiles and the center’s board of directors will hold the second “Save Our Center” meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

Stiles will provide an update on budgeting for the new fiscal year, as well as on fundraising efforts that have come together since a June 4 community meeting.

On June 4, Stiles said the center was in financial distress and only had about $60,000 to operate. Without additional funds, Stiles said the center might have to close its doors in a month.

The community responded with support.

An anonymous donor agreed to match donations to the center up to $50,000 and the campaign was a success, although the total amount raised thus far was not provided by press time for The Islander this week.

Stiles has trimmed the operating budget for the coming year, and she plans to discuss that subject at the meeting. The center has a July 1-June 30 fiscal year.

Stiles also supplied demographic information to show the center’s largest membership group by age is seniors in the 60-plus range. They account for 43.6 percent of center membership.

The center has 2,095 members, she said.

At the June 14 meeting, Stiles and board president Scott Rudacille also plan to discuss operations, programs and volunteer opportunities.

For information, call the center at 941-778-1908.

Center membership:       Age 4-17     Age 18- 59  60-plus       Total

Anna Maria          105    193    333    631

Holmes Beach      198    168    364    730

Bradenton Beach 36      13      51      100

Bradenton   236    166    134    536

Longboat Key      22      16      17      55

Cortez         11      6        14      31

Sarasota     4        71      12      87

Totals:        612    569    914   2,095

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