When you live in a highly sought-after vacation destination year-round it could be easy to assume that it would be hard to find a sense of community. Fortunately, our beloved Anna Maria Island area couldn’t be a more tight-knit and supportive are that we are so proud to be a part of. That’s REALLY what makes it paradise, and that’s exactly why we always seek out ways to support our local community.
Whether it be at our schools, charities, fundraisers, festivals, or even just events, it’s safe to guess that our team is always jumping to get involved in any way we can. And not just on our little island — but in Cortez, Bradenton, and beyond.
Just a few weeks ago for Halloween, our wonderful team at the Ellenton office dressed up in their best costumes and Halloween garb for Trunk or Treat. They were so excited to pass out goodies to the students of one of our sponsorship partners, Barbara Harvey Elementary in Parrish. We love celebrating the next generation of Manatee County kiddos.
At the beginning of October, we were so proud to be a part of one of our favorite annual fundraisers for Turtle Watch! This event at Hurricane Hank’s is truly special and we were so happy to help raise over $16,000 for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring. This important work helps ensure the safety of our local sea turtles, and continued education about these vital parts of our ecosystem.
Some annual events we always look forward to supporting is the Giving Back event that we are always excited to be Music Sponsors of, the Chili Cook-Off, Toys for Tots, pet supply drives, and many events with Anna Maria Elementary School. Basically, if it positively impacts our community— we’re all in. It’s a major part of our company and team culture that we will always do all we can to help build up this local community and show love to its residents.
There is no greater honor we have than to be a light here on AMI and our wonderful surrounding towns. Have an event, fundraiser, or community event coming up? Reach out to see how we can partner up and increase joy AND impact.
In the meantime, go show love to someone today. We’re sending love from our A Paradise family to yours!
Photos courtesy of Visit a Paradise Team