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.