Marcos Ambrose and STANLEY Team Kick Off "Racing for a Miracle" Weekend
Marcos Ambrose and STANLEY Team Kick Off "Racing for a Miracle" Weekend
Ace Hardware Foundation, STANLEY, Ambrose and Team Make Memories at Children's Hospital
Ambrose and Team Ready to Race for a $1 Million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
CONCORD, N.C. (April 24, 2014) - After once again being moved by more than dozens of sick and injured children this afternoon at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR), Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 STANLEY race team head into the Richmond International Raceway this Saturday night with a million reasons to find a way to win.
As part of the continued "Racing for a Miracle" program, Ambrose and the No 9 STANLEY team spent the afternoon playing games, giving pit stop demonstrations and sharing smiles with the children of the hospital. It was a welcomed experience for the young patients who show immeasurable strength on a daily basis. It was just the reminder that the team needed before preparing for Saturday night's race with an extra incentive. If Ambrose and the No. 9 team win, STANLEY will donate $1 million to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) through the Ace Hardware Foundation. If Ambrose and his Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) team finish second or third, STANLEY, through the Ace Hardware Foundation, will donate $500,000 and $250,000 respectively.
The pledge is part of the most successful and longest-running campaigns in NASCAR that benefits patients of CMN Hospitals. The "Racing for a Miracle" program with STANLEY and the Ace Hardware Foundation will once again pledge $100,000 to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. It's a total contribution of more than half a million dollars since the program started to help member hospitals and local children.
Ambrose, a father of two, admires the strength and courage of the children of CMN Hospitals. Today's activities with the children at CHoR were another reminder that we should never stop helping CMN Hospitals and their cause.
"Our STANLEY team never needs to be motivated to win a race, but each year when we have the opportunity to race for $1 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, it really encourages all of us," said Ambrose. "We have to thank the Ace Hardware Foundation for continuing to support this program and giving us this opportunity. It would be the highlight of my career to be able to win this Saturday night for these kids."
On Friday, Ambrose will join his teammate Aric Almirola and owner "The King" Richard Petty as they, along with representatives from STANLEY and DEWALT present the $100,000 donation to the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Included in the check presentation, Ambrose, Almirola and Petty will unveil the paint scheme that will run this weekend on the No. 9 Ford Fusion. The special scheme includes four very special children who will also serve as "Honorary Crew Members" of the No. 9 team throughout the weekend. Ambrose, Almirola and Petty will also sign autographs for fans. The check presentation and autograph session will take place Friday morning at the amphitheater at Richmond International Raceway.
"Today was hopefully the start of a great weekend for STANLEY, the Ace Foundation and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals," commented Tony Merritt, Director of Motorsports for Stanley Black and Decker. "It's amazing to see what these children go through yet still have a smile on their faces. Hopefully today we brought a little more joy into their lives and gained some more fans of the No. 9 race team and Marcos."
For more information on the "Racing for a Miracle" program, including more ways to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, visit www.stanleyracing.com.
About Richard Petty Motorsports:
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneurs Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force, STP, Strike Ten Entertainment and Fresh From Florida, and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners STANLEY, DEWALT, Mac Tools and Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C.
About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. The company's Stanley Healthcare Solutions division is the North American leader in Infant Security, with its Hugs(TM) Infant Protection System. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at http://www.CMNHospitals.org and http://www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
All funds raised in Central Virginia through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' programs aid in the advancement of health care services for children treated at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Visit www.chfrichmond.org for more information.
About the Ace Foundation
As the official charitable division of Ace Hardware Corporation, the Ace Hardware Foundation helps enhance the vision of being the "Helpful Place" in local communities across the country and around the globe through charitable giving. The Ace Foundation provides support and philanthropic opportunities to its consumers, retail store owners, vendors and team members to give back to local communities through fundraising efforts for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
About Ace Hardware
For 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2013, Ace ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Seven Years in a Row" according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,800 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers' stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.