On March 31, 2020, The Center of Anna Maria Island launched a social media challenge on Facebook intended to bring the community together and raise awareness around the importance of staying home during this unprecedented pandemic. The #StayHome Challenge launched with an introduction by Executive Director, Christopher Culhane and was quickly followed online by the Jason and Lauren Sato family, and several others as each posted videos on Facebook of how their families are weathering the COVID-19 quarantine. Others can share their videos online by tagging The Center and using the hashtags: #StayHome #StayHomeChallenge #BeTheOne #WeLead #GivingChallenge2020 #WeAreTheCenter
The Center is hoping to give families something to do as we practice social distancing to help our island and our world manage the effects of this pandemic on our medical systems. The videos do all end with mention of the April 28-29, noon to noon, Giving Challenge 2020 brought to us each year by The Community Foundation of Sarasota and is powered by The Patterson Foundation. This year’s challenge will be especially important for not-for-profit organizations such as The Center who have had to shut down during this time. Nonprofits and small businesses all have suffered without desperately needed budget revenues since early March, resulting in the work furloughs of many of our island citizens, including The Center staff. So The Center stepped up to help not only create a fun, social connecting, activity online for our population, and to help guide attention to this important event that supports our area not-for-profits.
If you have questions about the challenge please contact, Director of Development, Jim McDaniel for more information [email protected] or 413-210-6921