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Date of Issue: January 11, 2007

Challenge goal reached, but don't quit

You've done it again, Islanders - surpassed the challenge posed by Chuck and Joey Lester and then some, and there's still time to donate to the cause.

The Anna Maria Island Community Center building fund is richer by $107,215, and the Lesters' wallet slimmer by $50,000. And loving it.

They challenged the Island to come up with $50,000 in donations, which the Lesters would match to give the Center a large boost in its rebuilding program.

Islanders tried, but partly because the challenge started late this year, didn't make the Dec. 31, 2006, deadline. So the Lesters, persistent in their generosity, extended the deadline for 15 days. Islanders and friends came through, building the fund by $57,215 by the end of last week.

With the Lesters' $50,000, that puts the total above $107,000 and counting. We still have until Jan. 15, next Monday, to add to the spectacular total. Send your donation to the Center at P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria 34216, or phone the newspaper at 778-7978 or the Center at 778-1908 for information.

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