Perla Bello-Crosby: Born to Connect and Turn Her Vision into a Reality
By Mary Boza Crimmins
Perla Bello-Crosby is a businesswoman, wife, mother, and grandmother. In all of her roles, however, she is a diplomat energized by bringing ideas and people together. As the owner and publisher of My Sanford Magazine and My Deltona Magazine, she lives to connect.
Mayor Art Woodruff describes her as “an ambassador” for the city. He adds, “Perla is always shining the spotlight on others while working tirelessly behind the scenes.”
“Perla is the ultimate connector. She has the vision to elevate the community and puts the right people in a room to make it happen,” states Christina Hollerbach, Chief Executive Officer at Hollerbach's German Restaurant and President of Sanford Main Street.
Immersed in Sanford and Celebrating My Sanford Magazine’s Birthday!
After being sworn in as a U.S. citizen, the Dominican Republic (DR) native was asked by a reporter, “What are you going to do now that you’re a citizen?” Perla replied, “I need to do something for my community,” which she has been doing since moving to Sanford in 2011.
As a result of that determination, one of her greatest satisfactions is being an integral part of Sanford. Mayor Art Woodruff describes her as “an ambassador” for the city. “I always say that nobody loves Sanford more than I do,” states Perla, who in 2014 took a chance on the community and founded My Sanford Magazine. “I dedicated my best to turn my vision into a reality. Since I already had experience producing a magazine in Italy, I decided to create a quality magazine for Sanford, with the sole purpose of presenting the best of our community. Seeing Sanford today and celebrating our magazine's eighth anniversary fills me with happiness and pride.”