Give blood at Anna Maria Oyster Bar this tax day

April 3, 2014 

Bill Walsh

Give blood at Anna Maria Oyster Bar

BRADENTON -- Anna Maria Oyster Bar will be hosting its annual Tax Day blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 15 at all three of its locations.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free lunch or early bird special, a limited edition Anna Maria Oyster Bar Tax Day T-shirt and a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar has locations at 6906 14th St. W., Bradenton; 6696 Cortez Road, Bradenton; and 1525 51st Ave. E., Ellenton.

For more information about donating, visitoneblood.org or call 800-682-5663.

Chiles restaurants launch program to help guide dogs

The Chiles Restaurant Group, operator of the Sandbar on Anna Maria Island, the BeacHhouse in Bradenton Beach and the Mar Vista Dockside on Longboat Key, announced a new partnership with Southeastern Guide Dogs aimed at raising money for the Palmetto-based nonprofit.

Diners at the three restaurants will be presented with the opportunity to make a $1, $5 or $10 or other donation and have it added to their check. The goal of the Dollars4 GuideDogs program is to raise $15,000 to raise and sponsor three puppies at Southeastern Guide Dogs.

"Southeastern Guide Dogs is right in our own backyard, and so many of our guests love dogs," said Ed Chiles, owner, in a news release. "We're thrilled to be able to help this amazing charity and the important work they do in raising and training world-class guide dogs."

The public is invited to an official launch party for the program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. April 10 at the Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, where Southeastern Guide Dogs puppies will be on hand to greet guests. The event will take place in the Sandbar Restaurant Event and Wedding Pavilion adjacent to the restaurant. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

AAA South, Goodwill partner for donation drive

AAA South is partnering with Goodwill Manasota for its second annual donation drive at four area AAA offices from April 7 to 11.

The public can leave donations for Goodwill at the AAA offices and be entered into a drawing for four passes to Busch Gardens Tampa or SeaWorld Orlando.

Donations of all kinds are encouraged, with an emphasis on children's books. Larger items, including furniture and cars, can also be donated, with pickup provided by Goodwill, by calling 941-355-2721.

Goodwill also accepts non-perishable food items for the benefit of All Faiths Food Bank and Food Bank of Manatee. Tax receipts are available for donations.

The four locations are 6210 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton; 11531 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch; 3844 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota; and 2100 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

-- Herald staff report

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