Sanford Strong – a group dedicated to helping the community bounce back after last year’s devastating floods – recently was nominated and won the support of members of the Midland 100 Club. Only 501(c)3 organizations serving Midland County are eligible for nomination by members and two are selected for funding through a group vote.
“We are incredibly honored to be chosen as a recipient of Midland 100 Club’s donations this season,” said Teresa Quintana, who formed Sanford Strong along with Martina Ricards and Emily Ricards. “Thank you for helping us reach our goals so we can better serve our struggling homeowners and help supplement financial needs to those that are struggling to rebuild. For that we thank you for thinking of us and understanding the urgency of our cause.”
Martina and Emily Ricards also thanked the Midland 100 Club. “We are grateful for the Midland 100 Club’s generous donation to the people of Sanford,” Martina Ricards said. “Their support not only helps purchase necessities during the residential rebuild, but also provides yet another reason to remain hopeful and steadfast.”
Emily Ricards said: “The Midland 100 Club provides a beacon of hope to so many organizations and residents in Midland County. Sanford has come an incredible distance in the last year, yet we have a long road ahead. The 100 Club’s abundant kindness will go a long way in reaching our community.”
State Representative Annette Glenn of Midland, a member of the Midland 100 Club, nominated Sanford Strong for the award.
“Sanford Strong exemplifies the tremendous heart and spirt of our community as it bounces back from last year’s devastation,” Glenn said. “It started a year ago when three women who have been friends since childhood watched the flood from their homes in Sanford. They decided to deliver pizza to some of the folks who had flooded. Sanford Strong has been an integral part of the recovery ever since.”
Over the past year, Sanford Strong has purchased thousands of dollars in gift cards, sheets of drywall and other materials to help the community rebuild. The contributions from the Midland 100 Club will help Sanford Strong do even more great work in the weeks and months ahead.
The Midland 100 Club has been a generous benefactor of the community for twelve years. The women’s group now has 559 members and its total impact now exceeds $1.1 million in contribution and matching funds for more than 40 local organizations.