While in Denver for its annual retailer convention, Ace Hardware surprised Ayla Charness, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Colorado Champion, with a complete bedroom makeover.
“At Ace, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve, and we’re honored to do that through our work with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals all across the country,” said Jimmy Alexander, president of the Ace Foundation. “We are proud of the work we’ve done here in Denver, and all across the country with the help of our valued retailers and vendors. We look forward to continuing our mission of giving for years to come.”
In Denver, the project was led by Ace Hardware’s Home Expert, Lou Manfredini, with support from neighboring retailers -- Ralston Ace Hardware and Ace Hardware at Westwoods.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ace’s support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and in celebration of this milestone Ace is participating in the charity’s annual Champions program. This initiative selects one child from each state with an extraordinary medical history to serve as an ambassador for the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.
In Colorado, Charness was chosen as this year’s representative for the state. After a minor playground accident caused severe bruising at the age of three, Charness was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Since her diagnosis, she has faced the challenges of her disease with maturity, empathy and patience, and is a strong advocate for the kids in her community who are confronting the same challenges.
“For 20 years, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and the children they support, have been a very special part of the Ace family,” Manfredini said.
The project also received donations from American Furniture Warehouse, Essco Carpets and CertaPro painters of Arvada. Ace transformed Charness' bedroom from floor to ceiling, featuring Ace's new Clark+Kensington paint.