(A Florida Not-for-Profit 501c3 Corporation)
The Anna Maria Island Privateers were established in 1971 by a small group of individuals interested in being a support group for needed Manatee county and island youth programs. Their Charter goals were to promote activities for the betterment of youth, to render service to the community and to participate in area events.
In 1992 the Privateers decided to more actively participate in the betterment of the area youth and started their scholarship program.
In 2003 the Privateers became a registered 501c3 Not-for-Profit corporation.
The Privateers hold various fund raising events throughout the year including the Thieves Markets, the Whitey Horton Putt Putt Pub Crawl, and the Shiprek poker run. The Privateers also participate in captures(all for fun and "profit") of local businesses and/or local government branches. We also gladly accept all donations, which are tax deductible. You can donate here, Donate
To date the Anna Maria Island Privateers have been able to award over $300,000 worth of scholarships to area youth.
In addition to the fund raising events, we orchestrate "community give back" events as well. These events include "Snooks" Adams Kids Day (with hot dogs, drinks, and activities), the 4th of July parade(which includes the Scholarship awards after party), Christmas Parade (complete with gifts for the children and visit from Santa). These events are free to participate in, but of course we never turn down a donation, which is tax deductible.
The fund raising events help to provide scholarships for local students furthering their education in whatever field they choose.
Members of the Krewe donate their time, blood, sweat, tears, and money - they buy their own gear, beads, bangles, buttons, and candy.
Annual membership dues are currently $200. Dues help pay for our expenses such as insurance, parade float maintenance, materials, and office needs.
Membership is open to any and all, 21 years of age and older!! To become a Privateer an individual must be sponsored by a current Black Shirt in Good Standing member. For more information on our levels of Membership please click here; Membership Levels. For more information about the path to Black Shirt, or to get your application, please click here; Membership Application