Our Customers Put Their Money Where Their Hearts Are
Valley Ace Hardware’s customers step up each year to support our community and our children by donating funds that enable the Children’s Miracle Network to serve our children and their families. The Children’s Miracle Network is a collection of non-profit hospitals dedicated to caring for children of all ages. They rely heavily on donations to provide the best care for the neediest children because Medicaid and other insurance programs don’t fully cover the cost of care.
A few facts about CMN:
Our local provider is Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) in Colorado Springs, CO. CHC has over 3,000 pediatric specialists and more than 5,000 full-time employees to carry out their mission of pediatric excellence. They have been repeatedly recognized by US News and World Report as one of the nation’s most outstanding hospitals. It is known both nationally and internationally, not only for excellence in everyday care for children in the Colorado area, but also for its medical, research, and education programs.
In 2021, CHC served 298,500 Patients with 826,478 Inpatient Cases and 16,208 Outpatient Visits. These numbers include patients from every county in Colorado. 80 of the children treated at CHC in 2021 were from Custer County.
In May of this year, the Rocky Mountain Ace Stores (RMAS) presented a check to the Children’s Hospital Colorado for $746,749.35. Valley Ace’s generous customers contributed $14,467 of that total. From our heart to yours, Thank You!
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Valley Ace Hardware Named the 2022 Coolest Hardware Store for the West!
Ace Hardware is the largest retailer owned hardware cooperative in the world, with more than 5,500 locally owned and operated stores in 70 countries. Each year Ace Hardware selects a couple stores to receive their “Coolest Hardware Store” award. “Ace store owners provide shopping experiences that reflect the demands and needs of the communities they serve,” said John Kittell, Vice President of Retail Operations and New Business, Ace Hardware Corporation. “At Ace, differentiation and localization are crucial. We created these awards to recognize that for our owners every year.”
In March 2022, Ace Hardware Corporation announced it was recognizing Valley Ace Hardware in Westcliffe, CO as one of the company’s two 11th Annual “Coolest Hardware Store” award recipients. Valley Ace Hardware has a history reaching back to 1885 in Westcliffe, Colorado. The store currently boasts a 14,000 square foot retail area and a 15,000 square foot covered lumber yard. They also sell doors, windows, roofing, and siding products.
Co-owner Jeremy Handy says “Everything we do here is a display, so customers can see it; so they can feel it. And if they can enjoy what they are seeing in our store, I hope that they can enjoy it day after day in their home.”
“We’re not just a hardware store. Our vision and mission surrounds the idea of developing the community, developing our staff,” said co-owner Sarah Handy. “The possibilities are endless. And that’s what’s awesome about owning an Ace store. We have the support that we need in order to be successful, but we have the ability to do whatever we want to.”
Valley Ace Hardware is intimately involved in their community, hosting an annual kids’ workshop program, and supporting the local non-profit theater with an annual fund-raising golf tournament. They also work with groups like the Custer County Kids Council to promote healthy, educational, and fun summer activities like “Family Fun Day”, and conduct fund-raising promotions that benefit The Children’s Miracle Network and Colorado Children’s Hospitals.
Check out our announcement video here: