Sunshine Ace Hardware has raised more than $13,000 in support of two fundraising initiatives that are helping Southwest Florida businesses and residents recover from the region’s water quality crisis. The local hardware company divided the total amount raised equally, presenting more than $6,000 to the organizations behind the two relief efforts, the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties.
Sunshine Ace partnered with the Community Foundation of Collier County, through its “Care for Collier Fund,” to distribute financial support to water-based businesses impacted by red tide and algae blooms. Additionally, Sunshine Ace pledged to support the “SWFL Cares Fund” of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties, which are providing grants to nonprofit organizations that will help individuals whose incomes have been affected by water issues.
“One of our core values at Sunshine Ace is ‘neighbors helping neighbors,’ and for 60 years, we’ve proudly served this community as both a business and community partner,” said Michael Wynn, Sunshine Ace Hardware president. “Water quality issues are affecting the livelihoods of coastal-based businesses and their employees, and it’s up to us as community members and community leaders to help those in times of need.”
As a company, Sunshine Ace made a direct donation to the Care for Collier and SWFL Cares funds. Additionally, Sunshine Ace collected donations from its generous customers and community members at each of its nine locations in Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Pinellas counties. Stores also raffled merchandise to generate additional fundraising support.
“In the first week, we were able to raise more than $5,000 via our checkout process where we gave our customers the option to donate $1, $2 or any other generous amount,” Wynn said. “Southwest Florida has always been a caring, close-knit community, and right now, a lot of our neighbors who have been impacted by the water quality issue need help. We are extremely grateful to the community for supporting our efforts and helping to raise more than $13,000 to assist our neighbors in recovering.”
About Sunshine Ace Hardware
Family owned and operated since 1958, Sunshine Ace Hardware serves Florida with nine locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties staffed by a long-term, friendly and knowledgeable team. Focused on customer service, Sunshine Ace employees are best known for building relationships and going above and beyond to help solve a home repair or maintenance issue or to simply guide customers to the right tool for the job. For in-home support, Sunshine Ace provides a range of professional services such as rod-tip repair, screen, glass and equipment repairs. Free delivery and assembly is also provided on items such as grills, power tools, mulch, soil and more. Sunshine Ace offers a wide variety of products including plumbing, hardware and electrical supplies, houseware, fishing gear, power equipment, paint, painting supplies and more. Sunshine Ace proudly carries quality brands including Benjamin Moore paints, Scotts lawn and garden products, Craftsman tools, STIHL power tools, Weber and Big Green Egg grills, as well as Penn and Shimano fishing gear. In addition to serving residential clients, Sunshine Ace services commercial accounts, with flexible options to support contractors in managing and growing their business. For locations and hours, visit www.SunshineAce.com.