The Toughlings set the stage for kids to effectively connect with many different care takers. Patients, siblings, parents and medical staff all love The Toughlings—so now we have something fun to talk about.
The work of the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation focuses on the well-being of hospitalized children through the building and renovation of hospital environments that improve the family-centered and softer side of hospital care. Our goal is to reduce the stress of pediatric hospitalization by creating environments that are less clinical in appearance and more comforting and soothing for children and their families. The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston is the recipient of our funding.
Our Most Recent Completed Project at the Floating Hospital for Children
In 2017 the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation finished Phase II of our Pediatric Emergency Department (PED) project. About two years ago in Phase I, we renovated the main entrance to the PED and added an Ace’s Place play center with a parent waiting or conference area. Phase II consisted of redecorating the five patient exam/treatment rooms with the adventures of the Toughlings. Each room is now unique and child-centered in its design. They are visually welcoming to kids and designed to put them at ease. One of the rooms has been designed especially for children on the autism spectrum. The entire PED is now tied together in design making it a welcoming, fun, and bright environment for kids and their families.
Following success as a player at the collegiate, professional and international levels, Ted Donato has begun piling up a long list of accomplishments in 13 years as head coach at his alma mater.The former Crimson captain has guided Harvard to four 20-win seasons, captured ECAC Hockey and Ivy League championships, claimed five NCAA tournament berths, a Frozen Four appearance, led his team to six league championship games, coached eight All-Americans and 11 National Hockey Leaguers and set a new standard for wins by a Harvard coach in his first three seasons.
The owner of a 204-186-48 career record entering this season, Donato accumulated 56 victories in his first three years. He is the third Harvard coach to total 50 wins in his first three seasons.
Donato, who won an NCAA championship as a Crimson player, played in the Olympics and enjoyed a 13-year NHL career, was introduced as the Robert D. Ziff Head Coach of Harvard Men’s Ice Hockey July 2, 2004.
Cliff Foley has run all the AV at Face Off for Ace for several years.The audiovisual portion of Face Off for Ace is a portion that I have to completely hand over to another because I haven’t a clue.Cliff takes care of everything including renting all the audio and visual equipment we need, negotiating price on our behalf and coordinating with the hotel staff.He always does a perfect job.
Last year when I told him the date we had chosen for Face Off, he said, “oh no, my family and extended family are vacationing in Hawaii on that date.”But no matter.He said, “Don’t worry, just email all the materials, I’ll be in touch with the AV people at the Sonesta.”He set up all the slides while on vacation in Hawaii with his wife, small children and his parents, etc.He was on the phone with his substitute on the day of last year’s Face Off and he remained available throughout that evening.I think that’s really above and beyond and it was so appreciated.I didn’t have to worry for a moment that he was 5,000 miles away because he was with us from Hawaii.Several years ago he moved to Maine and he no longer does this sort of work, but nevertheless he has become a loyal friend to the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation and puts the date aside for us each year.