Ackroyd hails Ace fundraising

Ace Chairman of the Board Jim Ackroyd: “As individual store owners, we give to a lot of charities in our local communities, but CMN Hospitals is special because it's something we all do together.”

Ace Chairman of the Board Jim Ackroyd: “As individual store owners, we give to a lot of charities in our local communities, but CMN Hospitals is special because it’s something we all do together.”

While Ace’s General Session delivered positive statistics and revealed new marketing strategies, the morning went beyond the scope of business. Ace Chairman of the Board Jim Ackroyd recognized the heart and soul of Ace’s retailers with a summary of its Children’s Miracle Network fundraising and a video featuring Ace’s 2015 All-Star Parker Grelecki and his dad, Ryan.

Ace’s Children’s Miracle Network retailer fundraising totaled $2.1 million in 2014, and Ackroyd used the figures to remind retailers what the Ace family can all do together that could never be achieved alone.

“As individual store owners, we give to a lot of charities in our local communities, but CMN Hospitals is special because it’s something we all do together,” he said. “And believe it or not, next year will be the 25th year we’ve been involved with CMN Hospitals fundraising!”

This year’s 2015 Ace CMN All-Star Retailer Award is Dan Olson of Olson’s Ace Hardware in Franklin Park, Illinois. According to Ackroyd, Olson helped bring his retailer group together to raise an extraordinary amount for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Their total contribution as a retailer group has tripled, and Olson has gone from raising a little more than $300 in 2012 to more than $11,000 in 2014 in his single store.

“He travels with the Ace Foundation team to other markets to inspire and motivate other retailers across the country to do the same. He is innovative, passionate and motivated to take Ace to the next level,” Ackroyd said.

During the General Session, Olson was presented with a check for $25,000 to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Ace was named the No. 6 overall CMN Hospitals partner in 2014, and retailer participation has grown significantly over the last three years. Not surprisingly, there’s a great spirit of togetherness, even amid the competition, for the top 10 market spots for CMN giving, according to Ackroyd.

“The competition is fun and our competitive spirit is a big part of what makes Ace great,” he said. “But we never forget that each market, each individual store, each chain of stores, contributes greatly to the end result.”

Chicago, Denver and Houston rounded out Ace’s top three CMN fundraising markets, followed by Honolulu, El Paso, Baton Rouge, Atlanta, Orlando, Orange County, California, and San Francisco/Oakland, California.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country had the opportunity to
recognize one Ace retailer in their market. The winner receives a donation in their name for $25,000 to their local CMN Hospital, courtesy of the Ace Foundation, and its
vendor partners, Duracell and P&G. However, as an added surprise, Stanley Tools is giving each nominee a $5,000 donation in their name to their local CMN Hospital.

Ace’s remaining 17 outstanding retailers nationwide include:

• Dan Boudreaux, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

• Stew Elliott, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

• Dale & Michelle Gardner, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

• Greg Gold, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

• Faith Herrgesell, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

• Bill and Renae Jablonowski, Cook Children’s and Children’s Health, Fort Worth and Dallas

• Guy Kamitaki, Kapi’olani Women and Children’s Hospital, Honolulu

• Tom Knox, MU Children’s Hospital, Columbia, Missouri

• Bill and Susan Murff, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston

• Bill Pastermack, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and Arnold Palmer Medical Center, Orlando

• Bob Resch, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

• Linda Roark, UCSF Benoiff Children’s Hospital Oakland, San Francisco/
Oakland

• Jeff Salk, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island

• Daniel Scholze, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin

• Mark Schulein, CHOC and Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego and Orange County, California

• Craig Smith, Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City

• Chris White, Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis

August 21, 2015
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