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54 U.S. Champions Gather as Ambassadors for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

November 8, 2011

Pediatric Hospital Patients from Every State Convene in Orlando, Fla., and Washington, D.C., for Ace Hardware Sponsored Trip

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, a charity that raises funds for children’s hospitals in the United States, brought together 54 very special kid ambassadors: “Champions” who are living testaments to the medical care provided at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country.

Champions presented by Ace Hardware is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program designed to raise awareness of the vital work taking place at children’s hospitals. After working throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for their children’s hospitals, the Champions and their families traveled to Orlando, Fla., and Washington, D.C., Oct. 19-26.

In Orlando, these young spokespersons inspired thousands of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals sponsors, hospitals and media partners during the charity’s annual Celebration event at Walt Disney World. They also participated in a satellite media tour with Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan and country singer Mark Wills from Disney World’s Rose Garden, being interviewed by their local TV and radio stations. Several Champions were named as Grand Marshals of Disney World parades, and all Champions were honored during an emotional medal ceremony.

Delta Air Lines provided a chartered 767 so the Champions and their families could travel to Washington, D.C., where they toured the city, presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visited the White House and met with Congressmen to discuss the critical needs of children’s hospitals. They were accompanied by representatives from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Ace Hardware Foundation.

“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 Hardware Foundation. <font size=”2″ face=”Arial”>”We are so pleased to support the groundbreaking work that Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provides for these tremendous children and their families.”

This was Ace Hardware’s first year as the Champions program’s title sponsor. The retailer’s support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals began in 1991. Since then, Ace Hardware has raised more than $46 million to support this life-saving organization.

More information about Champions presented by Ace Hardware, as well as links to each Champion’s blog, is available at www.CMNHospitals.org/Champions.

Photos from the week available at http://cmnhospitals.org/champions11

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at www.CMNHospitals.org.

About Ace Hardware and the Ace Hardware Foundation
With 4,500 locally owned and operated hardware stores, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.AceHardware.com. The Ace Hardware Foundation was established in 1991 to serve as an umbrella over the charitable fundraising efforts of Ace Hardware retailers, Ace Hardware Corporation and Ace vendors for the benefit of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

CONTACT: Clint Curry, <font size=”2″ face=”Courier”><font size=”2″ face=”Courier”>801-214-7416</font></font>

SOURCE Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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