Support means “give assistance to”
Synonyms for support are help, aid, assist, contribute to, fund, and finance
There are many ways you can “support” your Center! You can give a financial donation, have your business sponsor an event or sport, or volunteer your time.
A donation to The Center’s annual fund help ensure The Center can continue to maintain our community wellness programs. Help sustain our ability to lead in providing the highest level of programs, events, and instructors at an extremely competitive price.
Click here to give general support to The Center.
- Audubon Level $5,000 – Distribute 12 reefs to AMI waters. Gift to Center of $2,000
- Cousteau Level $2,500 – Distribute 6 reefs to AMI waters. Gift to Center of $1,500
- Attenborough Level $1,200 – Distribute 3 reefs to AMI waters. Gift to Center of $500
- Guardian level $450 – For each individual reef distributed,The Center receives $155 toward our efforts to support the environment of Anna Maria Island.
The Mini Reef helps hundreds of fish and crabs grow up every year.
Once installed, the Mini Reef will begin to attract marine life immediately. Then, it takes about 3-6 months to fully develop. Filter feeders attach to it, just like they would to the natural plant growth inside the mangrove forests and saltwater marshes.
Visit our Giving Reef in The Center lobby for items you can sponsor with your gift today!
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The Center presents the John van Zandt Scholarship Fund (JvZ)
The John van Zandt Scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating senior seeking financial assistance for tuition for a career requiring certification, licensing or apprenticeship. Awards up to $5,000 are determined through an application process that is reviewed by an independent committee seeking to find the most deserving recipient each year.
The JvZ Scholarship offers tuition support for those graduating seniors entering the exciting and demanding careers in the workforce in a multitude of trades, healthcare, construction, manufacturing and industry and the hospitality and service areas. Learn trades in a variety of fields. Whether you’re interested in being a chef, a beautician, or mechanic, working as a medical coder or helping others as an Emergency Medical Technician, or a nursing aide, there are many career opportunities available. This scholarship will provide tuition assistance. Click here for more information on John van Zandt
Important JVZ information for applicants
• Applicants and /or their parents must live or work on the island.
• Awards up to $5,000 will go to one or more individuals chosen through the application process and reviewed by an independent committee.
• Students with full tuition funding from another Scholarship will not be eligible.
Information for Donors
Donations to the scholarship fund are greatly appreciated.
Make checks to: The Center of Anna Maria Island.
Enter JVZ on memo line.
Mail to: The Center
PO Box 253
Anna Maria, FL 34216
The JvZ Scholarship Fund resides at the Manatee Community Foundation.
Make a gift today of and make a difference in someone’s life:
- $1,500 and provide 1 child 20 weeks of after-school care
- $1,000 and provide 1 child 6 weeks of Summer Camp
- $500 and provide 5 monthly family memberships
- $200 and provide 8 seniors funding for senior adventures
The Center of Anna Maria Island’s mission is to serve as the community’s gathering place where people of all ages: children, teens, adults, and seniors can come together and make friends. At The Center they may play sports, be apart of our Beyond the Classroom after school program, come to work out, enjoy an afternoon tea for companionship. We know that people sometimes need help in order to participate in these activities and so we offer a sliding fee scale for those who qualify…we will NEVER turn anyone away for their inability to pay. To make a donation you can mail a check to The Center at PO BOX 253 Anna Maria, FL 34216 or click the link to make a donation online. If you have questions or want more information please contact our Director of Development, Jim McDainel at [email protected] or (941)778-1908 ext.201
Marketing and sponsorships are important to both you and The Center. Your sponsorship helps support and MOVE THE CENTER, while also ensuring that no one is ever turned away for their inability to pay.
The Center seeks fun-loving sponsors that share a passion for an active lifestyle, as well as an interest in supporting local youth through sport. Oh, and maybe a few that just like to get together and socialize …by partnering to support one of our cool special events!
We all know that sponsoring a program or event is a great way to market your company’s products or services. The hard part is deciding which event or program that may be. If you think about it, finding the ideal match for your company to sponsor is kind of like dating. You have to shop around until you find one that fits your personality and shares your beliefs and values.
With close to 10 events per year and a growing variety of sports and programs…The Center is bound to have a match for you!!
Volunteers Make the World A Better Place
The Center of Anna Maria is focusing on the talents and skills of our community members and reaching out for your support. The Center’s goal is to offer effective training, offer interesting and meaningful work, provide a place for social connections to make new friends, and hopefully be a place to learn something new.
We will be tracking volunteer hours regularly and hosting an annual appreciation event recognizing those that have been a vital part of our success and in turn will offer certain “Volunteer Benefits” throughout the year including complimentary day passes, program registrations, and event tickets.