Destiny's Chocolate Fundraiser for Anna Maria Community Center

HERALD STAFF REPORTJuly 5, 2014 

From left: Dawn Stiles with unidentified child in front, Destiny Shepperson and Kathy Bogad. Destiny, visiting Anna Maria Island from Michigan, saw the local community center was in need and came up with way to help. PHOTO PROVIDED

ANNA MARIA -- Destiny Shepperson of Michigan was visiting her grandmother for a monthlong vacation and going to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, which she found needed financial help.

So she devised the Chocolate Fundraiser with help from her grandmother, who works at Roser Church.

Destiny is selling chocolate and candy such as Hershey's, Reeses, Snickers, and Twizzlers, M&M's and Skittles to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216.

Anyone willing to place a box of chocolate and candy in their store, office, church, club or group can order by emailing Destiny at movingmtns@aol.com or calling 517-285-8119. Each item costs $1 and all donations go directly to the Anna Maria Community Center.

Kathy Bogad, director of education at the AMI Community Center, said money raised will help strengthen the camp and after-school programs by offering children more variety, including sports, science and the arts.

"The center would like to respond to parent request for supplemental home school offerings with art, music, etc.," Bogad said in a news release. "I intend to educate parents regarding the different educational choices -- not just academic but practical parenting support and information."

Seminars will start in the fall, she said.

"We can mentor children in public school online courses to allow for efficient pathways to graduation and offer employment training and center internships to help prepare graduates for the workforce," Bogad said. "We are partnering with other organizations to enrich the after-school programs for fall."

Information: islandcommunitycenter.com, call 941-778-1908 or go tofacebook.com/AnnaMariaIslandCommunityCenter.

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