SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - For more than 20 years, Tim Thompson has lived like a pirate. But truth be told, this last year wasn’t one this Anna Maria Island privateer was too keen on.
“Last year was very difficult for us to do any fundraising for our scholarship program,” he said.
Seems this band of Buccaneers has been helping Manatee County kids further their education -- with hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants provided since the group’s inception back in the 1960s.
“It has hit us so hard this year,” said Privateers President Kim Boyd.
“Normally,” she continued, “we give around $20,000 in scholarships every year to local high school students.”
But this year’s leadership say they are not gonna give up the ship.
“This group is definitely known for its resiliency and its ability to evolve and adapt,” said President Boyd. “So we are hoping with 2021, that things turn around and we can actually do some great things this year.”
And so on the second day of January 2021, they gathered to pillage and plunder Pine Avenue.
“It’s our kickoff for the privateers 50th year jubilee anniversary,” said Tim Thompson. That is gonna be going on all year long in 2021.”
And if you’d like to help them help the kids on the Suncoast continue their education, you can find out more at AMI Privateers Website.