Strunk Ace Hardware donates $10k to Sister Season

Locals help locals help locals

From left, Ryan Macauley and Paul Murphy of the nonprofit Sister Season Fund gratefully accept a $10,000 donation from Andy Strunk, owner of Strunk Ace Hardware. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

Volunteers from Key West’s Sister Season Fund on Saturday delivered homemade face masks to workers at Strunk Ace Hardware — and picked up a $10,000 donation from the store’s owner.

“This is so generous and so appreciated, and it will do so much good in the community,” said Ryan Macauley, a Sister Season Fund board member.

The nonprofit has operated for more than 15 years, and in normal times helps service-industry  workers who are temporarily unable to work due to illness or injury pay their rent or utility bills. 

Since the coronavirus forced many businesses to close, the Fund is now providing $1,000 grants to applicants who are now out of work.

Strunk said he had a figure in mind to make a donation to a local charity, “and when I spoke with my father, he doubled the figure, so, here you go,” he said, handing over the check and accepting a bag filled with masks made by local volunteers.

“We have several locals, from Key West to Summerland Key, hand making face masks. We deliver them to businesses that request them, and often receive a donation to Sister Season Fund,” Macaulay said, adding that a donation is not required for masks.

Applications for funds from Sister Season Fund are available at SisterSeason.com.

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Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.