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Sanford Sport Shop & Jennifer Palmer Rebuild

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On May 19, 2020, Jennifer Palmer lost her livelihood and home when a catastrophic dam failure in Edenville, MI sent 21.5 billion gallons of lake water from Wixom Lake rushing towards Sanford Lake, subsequently causing the levee and dam in Sanford to fail and ultimately decimating the village of Sanford and many small businesses. 

Jennifer has owned the Sanford Sport Shop near the Sanford dam since 2001 and has become a dependable and essential mainstay for Sanford residents and visitors.  She has supplied our area with bait and tackle supplies, hunting supplies, party store essentials, and hunting and fishing licenses for almost 20 years, continuing the legacy of Ron and Bob Fauver who ran the business for the 30 years prior.  
As a small business owner, you put your whole life, time and energy into making a livelihood.  It is absolutely devastating that something completely out of her control could take so much from her.

Just like everyone else affected by this catastrophic event, her insurance policy and holder is not covering any of her losses or damages.  Not only did she lose her business but she also lost her home that was attached to her business, essentially making her homeless and jobless.  This is a terrible situation for everyone in our area but it is twofold for Jennifer and we desperately want to help her by giving her some financial relief and hope so she can rebuild in our community.  

Thank you for any and all help you can give to Jennifer and to all of Sanford by helping to get our bait shop back on its feet.  

Inside of the bait shop post dam failure.

Thick and sticky mud that covered everything once the waters receded.

Jen's new apartment that was heavily damaged as well.  All appliances are destroyed, as well as flooring and drywall.

Ron Fauver helping out at the Bait Shop pre-devastation.

Business as usual at the Bait Shop prior to May 19, 2020.

Jen and her daughters.

Jen and her daughters.


  • Robin Hamann
    • $50 
    • 4 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 4 yrs
    • $20 
    • 4 yrs
  • Angela Talicska
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs
  • Lori Sickenberger
    • $20 
    • 4 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Dennis Sian
Sanford, MI
Jennifer Palmer

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