The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has received a $10 million gift from The Ace Hardware Foundation, the official charitable division of Ace Hardware Corporation.
The gift is one of the largest corporate donations in the hospital’s history. It will help foster Lurie Children’s campaign for every child, which aims to accelerate research and support innovative programs at the hospital and in local communities.
Ace Hardware said it is committed to support Lurie Children’s hospital, and the pledge of $10 million over a five-year period will help fund projects in patient care, research and advocacy. In addition, the gift will help support Lurie Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder by funding critical research and specialized fellowship positions in hematology, oncology, neuro-oncology and stem cell transplant. In recognition of this gift, Lurie Children’s will dedicate a newly-developed space on the 17th floor as the Ace Hardware Inpatient Unit at the Lurie Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.
“Our mission to be the ‘Helpful Place’ means much more to us than merely serving customers, it means making a commitment to help support children and families in our local Ace communities,” said Kane Calamari, president of the Ace Hardware Foundation. “Together with our Chicago area retailers, customers, vendors and corporate employees, Ace Hardware is pledging its support for Lurie Children’s campaign for every child and we hope others in the Chicago business community will join us.”