Anna Maria Island Community Center — Annual “Affair to Remember”

Harrington House Beachfront Bed & Breakfast is one of the proud sponsors of the 26th Annual “An Affaire to Remember”. An annual fundraiser for  the Anna Maria Island Community Center.  The annual event raises funds to provide quality youth programs.  This year’s special guest was Lee Greenwood. Greenwood is a long-time friend who is country recording artist best known for his song “God Bless the USA”.

Islander Article: June 2, 2010

Anna Maria Island Community Center

By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter

Trudy Moon, chair of the Affaire to Remember gala, said that the addition of Lee Greenwood to the gala had people talking all the way down in Sarasota.

“I think there are no barriers for this event,” Moon said. “It first started 20 years ago, and we kept the event local, then we built it. It soon began to bring in Bradenton people, then more people from Longboat Key.”

Moon said the 352 people at the gala were particularly pleased with the addition of the country singer and Island property owner.

“That’s a lot of attention we probably wouldn’t have got without his name this year,” Moon said. “Greenwood was one of the kindest, most generous people.”

Moon said the board is considering asking Greenwood to return to next year’s April 2 gala if Greenwood’s schedule is open.

The April 24 gala netted $165,041 for the center. Coupled with $100,000 raised for the Lester Challenge, Center board member Bill Ford said we’re financially strong heading into the summer.

“We have $285,000 in cash for operating funds going into the summer versus $115,000 last year,” Ford said. “This is the first time in three years that we can go into the summer feeling good from an operations standpoint. So, we’ll continue to operate full scale in doing what we do best, which is taking care of our kids.”

Ford said the Center is $10,000 above its budgeted revenues.

Of Anna Maria Island Community Center’s $663,229 expenses this year, $346,596 has gone toward salaries.

Anna Maria Island Community Center has $816,601 in revenues this year, $160,531 of which have come from donations.