Opportunity Village benefits from NHS donations
On the final day of the 2011 National Hardware Show, exhibiting companies donated 14 trailer loads of products to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas-based non-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities.
This collective donation was the largest ever from the exhibitors of the National Hardware Show to its preferred charity — surpassing any previous year by 15%, according to Laura D’Amore, director of sales at Opportunity Village. This means more merchandise for the Opportunity Village thrift store, which employs mentally disabled people in the Las Vegas community.
“The National Hardware Show is a major contributing factor to our store’s success,” D’Amore said. “Prior to receiving the donations from the National Hardware Show, our thrift division closed three stores and was in jeopardy of closing the last store down. This would have displaced 23 adults with severe disabilities that work in the store, not to mention the needed merchandise offered to the surrounding low-income communities. Now every year after the National Hardware Show, the community lines up outside the doors waiting to see the fabulous tools, garden decor and hardware that awaits. It is like Christmas morning for about two months at Opportunity Village Thrift Store.”
This year’s donation is the largest since the National Hardware Show moved to Las Vegas in 2004 and made Opportunity its preferred charity.
We should all take part in
We should all take part in charity activities; charity gives us the opportunity to help out society. In fact there are many charity programs available; you could choose one that suits you best. So if you want you could donate your old car to automobile donation program.
Hardware Store All-Stars: Mass., Mich., Minn.
Continuing the alphabetical, coast-to-coast rundown of all-star hardware stores, here are three standouts from Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota.
W.E. Aubuchon Hardware
The biggest of the hardware independents, Westminster, Mass.-based Aubuchon runs more than 130 locations across six northeastern states, starting with Maine and ending in upstate New York. Family owned since 1908, Aubuchon Hardware was way ahead of the curve on the Internet, e-commerce and search engine optimization; the company owns the much-envied hardwarestore.com Web address. Two grandsons of the founder now lead the W.E. Aubuchon Co. Some 16 other family members, some of them fourth generation, work in management positions. The company has closed some units during the recession but opened others, the most recent being on April 2 in Cohasset, Mass., in a former Chevrolet dealership.
With 26 stores (25 in Michigan and one in Georgia), GillRoy’s is one of Do it Best Corp.’s largest dealers. President Bob Morgan’s father started with one store in downtown Flint in 1945. Much of Michigan, and especially Flint, has been devastated by the evaporation of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. auto industry. But Flushing, Mich.-based GillRoy’s has not closed a single store or conducted any major layoffs. “We’ve been able to retain all of our management,” Morgan said. “We’ve cut expenses and work twice as hard for less money.”
Arrow Ace Hardware
The recent tornados that tore through the Southern states stirred up painful memories for longtime employees at Arrow Ace Hardware in St. Peter, Minn. On March 31, 1998, a twister came through their town, destroying 90% of the homes and damaging 125 businesses. Once the winds died down, Ace dealer Dave Neiman started handing out chainsaws, flashlights (nearly 300 of them) and plastic sheeting through the store’s shattered front windows. He told people they could come back later and pay him. A member of the Ace buying group since 1956, Arrow Ace Hardware has grown to include 10 Minnesota locations, with an 11th under construction in northwestern Rochester. Neiman, who purchased the original St. Peter store from his father, is still president of the company.
On Monday, all-star profiles from Mississippi, Missouri and Montana. For the full article as it appeared in the May issue of Home Channel News, register online to read here.
I see how things have evolved
I see how things have evolved in the manufacturing auto industry in Michigan and I can`t say I am glad of that, first of all because all of the people that have lost their jobs and many other benefits along and, second of all, because we no more have car parts producers in the nearby. This means more expensive car parts for us to buy from some place else in this country. Luckily, I found these Brembo rotors on a pretty affordable car parts provider website, otherwise I don`t know what I would have done to get my car repaired on a budget.
Ace’s Motorcycle Mission rides again
For the fourth year in a row, the Ace Foundation’s "Motorcycle Miracle Mission" is hitting the road to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The event generated $100,000 for the cause in the last three years. Riders will travel the 600-mile route from Oak Brook, Ill. — headquarters of Ace Hardware — to Marshfield, Wis., and back July 22-24.
"Children’s Miracle Network hospitals provide state-of-the-art care, life-saving research and preventive education for children 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," said Jimmy Alexander, president of the Ace Hardware Foundation. "There is a Children’s Miracle Network hospital dedicated to serving children in every community across the United States and Canada. These hospitals are committed to providing the best care for children when they need it."
The event is soliciting sponsors and riders — the rider commitment is $2,000. Fundraising money solicited by the rider will be applied to the participation fee.
The Foundation is seeking event sponsorships as well, ranging from a $5,000 to $15,000 packages that include placement of donor logos on the chase van, official rider’s shirt and other publicity.
The Ace Foundation is hoping to raise $100,000 this year.
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