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Westlake Ace Receives Philanthropy Award

For the past 10 years, Westlake Ace has been a staunch supporter of The Salvation Army and has hosted an annual fan drive in the communities where it has stores. The fan drive started in a single store in Hutchinson, Kansas, and has grown to include 127 Westlake-owned stores across the U.S. In the past decade, the project has raised over $650,000 to purchase more than 46,000 box fans to help those in need beat the summer heat.

During several weeks in the month of June, customers can round up their purchases or donate any amount to the cause. Westlake Ace uses the donations to sell fans at cost to local commands of The Salvation Army, and the company also donates 750 fans nationally.

At its annual luncheon in April, The Salvation Army of Western Missouri and Kansas honored Westlake Ace with the “Others Award”, which goes to an organization that is making an extraordinary difference in its community, says Laura Byrne-Harris, vice president, merchandising and marketing for Westlake Ace.

“We are humbled by the honor. Our partnership with The Salvation Army means a great deal to us,” she says. “It speaks to who we are as a company and shows that the Helpful Promise extends beyond the walls of our stores.”

Read more Checkout stories about community outreach efforts here, including how Woodstock Hardware owners Vince and Diane Chistofora launches a YouTube channel to share DIY and home repair how-tos and tips, how St. Charles Do it Best Hardware hosted its first annual Spring Fling and how Dan Juergens of Juergens Do it Best in Huntington, Indiana added a Park N Sell lot to the store’s parking lot.

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About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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