12 Cheers for 20 Years: June


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Happy birthday, Anna Maria Oyster Bars… Volume 6

This is shaping up to be an awesome month of celebrating… our Summer Reading Program is going so well! “Dive into Reading” is halfway complete and we’re having a blast with “our” kids this month. We’re looking forward to celebrating their graduations next week!


And more importantly, we’re looking forward to celebrating their reading scores at the end of the summer. A huge thanks to all our volunteers and all the kids… we’ll share more details after the program is complete, but in the meantime, here are a few photos from the Wednesday group of readers!


We’re real pleased to partner this month for “12 Cheers for 20 Years” with our friend Maverick Johnson of 92.1 CTQ Fame.


Mav started a foundation to honor his dad, Denis V Cooper. It’s called Wishes for Heroes. Similar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation granting wishes for children with terminal illnesses, Mav’s Foundation grants wishes to veterans…and as you all know, we love our Vets in our community! It’s because of their sacrifice that we’re able to live in such an awesome country! So we’re really happy to work with Maverick.


His Red, White & Brew fundraising event was last week and the AMOB Street Team served Peel & Eat Shrimp, Grandma Georgie’s Chipotle Oysters, and Tuna Sashimi to the crowd along with other area restaurants. What a great time! Check out photos from the event here.


Last month, the Denis V. Cooper Foundation helped fund a trip to New York City for John Seelie, a 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor… in fact, the last living survivor of the 25th Infantry Division that was assigned to Schofield Barracks at Wheeler Field.


He was the first Pearl Harbor Survivor to visit the National September 11 Memorial to salute all First Responders who gave their lives to help on 9/11. Click here for a truly amazing video from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on John Seelie’s visit to NYC with representatives from the Denis V. Cooper “Wishes for Heroes Foundation.

stewart, john, trudy moon

We’re helping raise money and awareness of Maverick’s Foundation to help more veterans in our community…and THNX so much for all you do Mav!


Make sure you come in and have a Birthday Cake cocktail or a pint of Dos Equis… June proceeds will go to the Denis V Cooper Foundation. All month long, a portion of proceeds are donated and tomorrow, June 20, the entire amount.

Come join the PARTY!

Our crew is working hard to prepare for an AWESOME first-ever Summer Fest at Landside. We’re hoping for *no rain* (though we do have a backup plan!) but GREAT FOOD & FUN is definitely in the forecast!


Celebrate with us in the Backyard at Anna Maria Oyster Bar Landside on Saturday, June 24 where the fun begins at 4pm. Enjoy AMOB favorites like fish tacos, Grandma Georgie’s Chipotle Oysters, delicious burgers, signature margaritas, Pier Beer and more served in a street fair atmosphere.


Bring the whole family for live music from local crooners Trevor Bystrom (4:30-7pm) and Jeremy Demers (7:30-10pm) presented by Independent Jones; fun outdoor games; arts & crafts vendors including Brushes & Bouquets by Mike Parrott and a gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) demonstration; an interactive children’s activity from environmental education organization, Nature’s Academy… and more!


Pre-purchase your food & beverage tickets in advance and save. Click here to buy now!

We Bleed AMOB!

Our community’s need for blood donations is always high, so a few times a year, we invite local blood banks to host drives at our Oyster Bars.


On Saturday, July 1, from 11am-7pm at all four locations, we’ll trade you FREE LUNCH in exchange for your blood donation! The Suncoast Blood Bank will give you a spiffy t-shirt, too. THNX for helping save lives!

Thanks again, folks, for tuning in to our “12 Cheers for 20 Years” newsletter… look out for more news & updates from the Anna Maria Oyster Bars soon!


and as always, Stay Thirsty My Friends…


— John


…Elvis has left the building.


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