|SANFORD, Fla., June 26, 2020—On Wednesday, June 24, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens was presented with a check for $13,000 by former Sanford Mayor, Jeff Triplett, General Manager of Mayfair Country Club, Pete Sands, and Mayor of Longwood, Matt Morgan. |
During the Zoo’s closure, to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Pete Sands of Mayfair Country Club challenged then-Sanford Mayor, Jeff Triplett to a 9-hole game of golf. The Match was promoted through social media and followers were asked to “vote” on who they thought would win, by making a donation to the Zoo. The event grew from there, and over the course of 6-weeks, individual and corporate sponsors joined in, with the City of Sanford, Mayfair Country Club, and the Sanford Chamber of Commerce, to help raise vital funds for the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
The donations received through The Match are significant, as it costs approximately $13,500 to feed all of the animals at the Zoo for a month. However, the total costs to operate the Zoo far exceed just feeding the animals, and are roughly $450,000 each month.
The Zoo’s finances were hit hard by the two month closure during the busy spring months. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens relies on ticket sales, memberships, education programs, events, and donations—all of which were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the Zoo is now open to the public in a limited capacity, an estimated $1.5 million is needed to ensure the Zoo continues to be a part of the Central Florida community. To help bridge the gap, last week, the Zoo announced a new sustainability campaign to help raise much needed funds for operations.
The There’s No Zoo Without You campaign has reached its first milestone thanks to The Match donations, with $50,000 raised in the first week. In order to continue operations, the Zoo needs to raise $500,000 by the end of August. For more information visit www.centralfloridazoo.org/you.
To view a video of the entire check presentation, please follow this link. ###