No time to read the paper but want to know what is going on at The Center? Read below our press releases recently sent to our area papers.
THE CENTER OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND HAD RECORD ENROLLMENT, ALMOST DOUBLED PARTICIPATION SINCE 2016, AND SURPASSED ITS FUNDRAISING GOAL BY NEARLY $100K, DURING JULY 1—DECEMBER 31, 2017
The Center remains on track to a balanced budget for the community’s gathering place
Anna Maria, FL (January 21, 2018) – The Center of Anna Maria Island had record enrollment and participation—which about doubled in one year—and surpassed its fundraising goal by nearly $100,000, during July 1–December 31, 2017.
Since the same time period one year ago (7/1/16–12/31/16), the Center almost doubled participation, from a 1,774 participation rate, to a 3,318 participation rate in 2017. Family memberships increased by 53, from 16 family memberships in 2016, to 69 family memberships in 2017. Senior memberships increased by 85, from 20 senior memberships in 2016, to 105 senior memberships in 2017.
The Center surpassed its fundraising goal by nearly $100,000, raising $265,468.64 during the time period, compared to its $166,750 target for December 31, 2017. This puts the Center on track to meet its $300,000 fundraising goal for June 30, 2018.
Programming income is up 18 percent, from $174,264.11 in 2016, to $206,156.42 in 2017. Direct expenses decreased 20.5 percent, from $205,292 in 2016, to $163,169 in 2017. Fixed cost/indirect expenses decreased 12%, from $205,715 in 2016, to $180,594 in 2017.
“The Center is excited to have surpassed our fundraising goal by nearly $100,000, and we’re on track to meet our $300,000 fundraising goal for June 30, having raised $265,468.64 between July and December,” said Kristen Lessig, Executive Director, The Center of Anna Maria Island. “With increased program revenue and an even deeper decrease in expenses, we are confident the Center will not only meet a balanced budget, but be able to set aside funding in reserves. With record enrollment and participation in 2017, and even in 2018, we are grateful that the community finds value in the Center.”
In 2018, the Center’s active snowbird members increased by 103 since last year, from 71 active snowbirds on January 18, 2017, to 174 active snowbirds as of January 18, 2018.
$130,000 DONATION TO THE CENTER OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND INTENDED TO FURTHER THE CENTER’S POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY
Gift to be reinvested into programs and services that benefit Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria, FL (January 19, 2018) – The Center of Anna Maria Island received a $130,000 contribution to support its programs and services that benefit the community.
The donation was made by a part-time resident who has witnessed the Center’s positive impact first-hand. The gift is intended to support the Center’s continued efforts to preserve the sense of community and further positive impact the Center makes on Anna Maria Island.
“This donation is a vote of confidence in the hardworking leadership exemplified by the Center’s board, volunteers and staff,” said Kristen Lessig, Executive Director, The Center of Anna Maria Island. “At the heart of the Center lies the power to be a part of something special—our community. Whether it’s pickle ball, book club, BINGO, your children’s flag football games, or a favorite group fitness class, the Center is excited to reinvest this money into the community’s gathering place.”
Per the donor’s request, $30,000 of the contribution will be designated to hire a development and marketing director who will join the Center’s team.
“The outpouring we have seen just in the last few months has us entering 2018 with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude,” said Ed Chiles, local resident and former Board Member, The Center of Anna Maria Island.” Because of the Center’s supporters, significant accomplishments and shared discoveries are happening every day. These achievements move the Center forward, and in turn, move our community forward.”
The Center of Anna Maria Island, located at 407 Magnolia Avenue on Anna Maria, is GETTING FIT FOR OUR COMMUNITY!! We are excited to announce that Island Fitness will soon be joining the Center as we work to fulfill our mission to enhance the overall wellbeing of individuals of all ages while preserving a sense of community through creative programs and partnerships. Following an operational review several weeks ago and a strategic analysis of our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats- the team at the Center, including key members of the staff, board, community, and city of Anna Maria identified the need to work more collaboratively within the community, driving partnerships to be even more successful in serving as a resource for overall wellness in our community. Further, the Center is grateful for the opportunity to be able to assist a local island business.
The Center and Island Fitness are currently working through the specifics of the partnership agreement, as it relates to the transition of Island Fitness members. In the meantime, we are welcome all Island Fitness members to come in and tour the facility, trial one of our amazing classes ( visit our website at www.centerami.org for detailed schedule) . Additional details and finalized timeline will be released to both member groups via email.
Anna Maria CrossFit will still remain a key Center partner offering close to 30 hours of direct programming to benefit the Center and its membership development efforts. Additionally, Anna Maria CrossFit will be able to focus efforts on growing its active membership base with the inclusion of Cross Fit Kids programs beginning in November.
The Center is always looking for ways to team up with other partners and businesses to improve our services provided to our community. Quote from Brenda Canning, Island Fitness owner, “ I am looking forward to bringing my years of fitness experience to the community center to both increase the service offerings for Island Fitness members and to the community centers current members. I am confident that through this relationship we will be able to create a mutually beneficial opportunity for growth and community involvement.”
Kristen Lessig, Executive Director of The Center added, “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Brenda and the Island Fitness team. The Center team is looking forward to expanding our reach within the community through true collaboration. Brenda has an amazing reputation and following in the community, as well as expertise in the fitness industry that will add great value to the services we provide, while our expansive programs and committed staff will allow for Island Fitness members to truly be part of our efforts to preserve the sense of community on the island.”
The Center of Anna Maria is looking for individuals interested in helping at “the community’s gathering place”. We are looking for people to help with coaching, tutoring, events, and welcoming guests at the front desk and more. We will be holding Volunteer Orientation meetings the first Thursday of every month at both noon and 6pm.
Why volunteer at The Center? 1. It’s fun! 2. You can help make an impact on the lives of children, seniors, and your community. 3. There is something for everyone (be a coach, tutor, mentor, help at events and more) 4. Be a part of an amazing team and make new friends! 5. Learn something new or teach someone else something new!
Interested in sharing your talent and helping out others? Join as at the orientation to learn all about The Center and how you can help make a difference. The Center is located at 407 Magnolia Avenue on Anna Maria. Visit our website at www.centerami.org or for more information contact Kristen (941)778-1908 or Kristenl@centerami.org.
Join us for a night of laughter, fun, food, and murder at The Center’s 10th Annual Murder Mystery. The play will run two nights, Friday, February 16th and Saturday, February 17th. Each night will have a different ending. The play is written and directed by Beth and Bri Shaughnessy. This year’s play is titled, “What happens on the island…stays on the island” and has a Vegas theme, including Elvis! Tickets are $45 and include a sit down dinner and the show. There will be a cash bar, live auction, and raffles. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. For $15 more there is the VIP Mingle with the Cast from 6:30pm to 7:15pm. The event is for adults only. Sponsorships are available, if interested contact Kristenl@centerami.org. To purchase tickets you can call The Center at (941)778-1908, visit www.centerami.org, or come into The Center which is located at 407 Magnolia Avenue on Anna Maria.
“What happened on the island… stays on the island” is set as it is opening night at the Hard Rock Anna Maria. The casino is owned by the Island Mob Boss, Mr. Big. Everyone that works for him is very intimidated as they know the history of “making problems and people disappear”. The opening night show will feature all of the TOP ACTS the casino has to offer as well as the long awaited ribbon cutting and sign reveal. The cast includes Don Purvis, Mike Shaughnessy, Monica Simpson, Will Schenerlein, Caleb Roberts, Ray Gardner, Tim Shaughnessy, Bri Shaughnessy, Leah Purvis, Jillian Cacchiotti, Erin Heckler, and Keith Leathem.
The Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes is back to show off the best in island living. The 25th edition of the one-day tour will feature five new and recently remodeled homes on March 17, 2018. Distinctive architecture, elegant interiors and stunning waterfront views will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets will be $30. The Center of Anna Maria Island, located at 407 Magnolia Avenue on Anna Maria, will host the Boutique, which offers a stop for food vendors, original arts and crafts, as well as chances to win a beautiful handmade quilt created by the Eyeland Needlers. The Center is still looking for few houses for the tour, home or property owners interested in showing their home should contact Diane Phinney at email@example.com. The Center is also looking for volunteers for this year’s event and can also contact Kristen Lessig. For more information about The Tour of Home please visit www.centerami.org or call The Center at (941)778-1908.