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Date of Issue: April 14, 2005

Affaire raises $726,600 for Center
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Up to Chiles challenge
Donors pledging $10,000 or more on the "challenge" of Ed Chiles to the capital building campaign of the Anna Maria Island Community Center at the Center's Affaire to Remember included, left to right, Carol Barnett of Publix and Islanders Rhea Chiles, Fran Boyd and David Teitelbaum. Chiles took over the event's former "cash call" and raised $368,600 in cash and pledges payable over the next 10 years for the building fund. Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose

Led by Ed Chiles and Trudy Moon, the 2005 Affaire to Remember brought $726,600 to the coffers of the Anna Maria Island Community Center.

Chiles led the "cash call" that raised $368,000 in cash and pledges payable over the next decade for the capital campaign fund, which will go into the new building for the Center.

Moon chaired the Affaire again this year, and Center executive director Pierrette Kelly credited her "hard work, passion, commitment and enthusiasm" with the success of the major fundraiser for the Center.

Moon also contributed a chuckle over her contribution to the live auction - she bought the puppy for $500 and donated it to the live auction, only to be overcome with affection for the pup and make the winning bid of $2,000 for it.

The silent and live auctions raised $188,000 for the Center operating fund and an anonymous donor added $170,000 for a partial match to the live auction.

The raffled diamond went to a woman identified by the Center only as "Ms. Gunn," and Kendra Presswood won the 42-inch plasma flat-panel television set donated by the Lutz, Bobo & Telfair law firm.