Vol 5 No. 30- April 13, 2005
reaps record amount
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH The Anna Maria Island Community
Center raised what it hoped for in program funds
for next year at its annual Affaire to Remember
dinner and auctions last Saturday night, but a cash
call by Ed Chiles brought the capital construction
fund much closer to its goal. A record $775,633
was raised for both funds, before Affaire expenses,
according to figures released Tuesday morning.
The auction raised $188,000, which was in the centers
budget, according to Community Center Director Pierette
Forty percent of our budget has to come from
grassroots fund raising, she said. That
means we have to raise $338,000 a year and we have
to work hard for it. We budgeted the auction to
raise $188,000 and we did it, and every penny over
that went to the capital construction fund.
SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
Stuart Moon holds the golden retriever puppy he
first donated, then won back during the Affaire
to Remember auction Saturday night.
issued a call for donations to the centers capital
construction fund during the live auction and raised
at least $417,633. That, along with $170,000 in matching
donations by two anonymous benefactors and money previously
donated means they are within $500,000 of the capital
construction goal of $2.5 million to refurbish and
expand the center.
I was very impressed with what went on,
said center development and publicity director Aida
Matic-Chaffee. The people showed up and were
very willing to give to the cash call and to bid on
the auction items.
Chiles began the cash call from the audience.
We could see some magic happen tonight,
he said after emcee Scott Dell introduced him.
I invite you to match the challenge. If you
would like to donate $25,000, please stand.
Developer Steve Noriega was the first to stand and
he said his partner, Robert Byrne, would match his
Theres $50,000 apiece for the community
center, Chiles said. Were closer
to making the magic.
Noriega and Byrne were the only two to answer the
call at $25,000, so Chiles moved to $10,000. At that
point, several people stood waving their auction paddles.
They included Carol Barnett, a part-time Holmes Beach
resident who is the daughter of Publix Supermarket
Founder George Jenkins and president of the Publix
Foundation, Island benefactor Chuck Lester, A-Paradise
Real Estate owner Bill Alexander and Denise Johnson.
When he named developer David Teitelbaum, who was
standing, he issued another challenge to him.
I tell you what, I plan on donating $10,000,
he told Teitelbaum. If I double my pledge, will
you double yours?
Teitelbaum agreed as the audience applauded.
Others standing included Realtor Steve Bark, Fay Boyd,
builder Brent Whitehead, Realtor Darcie Duncan, Rex
Hagen, Richard Freeman representing Island Real Estate
owner Frank Davis, Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner John
Horne and builder Reed Mapes, who donated with his
partner, Jeff Wilson. Chiles mother, former
Florida First Lady Reah Chiles, doubled her $10,000
Chiles repeated the request for those wanting to give
$5,000, $3,000, $1,000 and $500 to stand.
As Chiles put it at the end of the cash call, We
all made some magic tonight." Kelly agreed.
I tend to believe in miracle and I pray for
miracles, she said. I dont know
whether you believe in miracles or if you believe
in magic, but Ed Chiles was certainly my hero Saturday
Two bid items that raised a lot of attention were
a golden retriever puppy, donated by Stuart and Trudy
Moon and a vest originally sold three years ago that
keeps reappearing at the auction.
After the puppy tore at Trudy Moons heartstrings,
she placed the winning bid of $2,000 and took it back
home with her.
Carol Barnett became the first female owner of the
vest with a bid of $2,500. Ed Edwards, who owned the
vest for the past year, placed it on her and congratulated
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