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Kids loved Ace and Ace loved kids.
It was a natural. Perhaps it was
because children have no pretense
and neither did Ace.

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Feeling joy in the midst of adversity—this is our goal.

Bringing smiles to children
in memory of Ace.

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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.

Welcome Toughlings!

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Ace’s Place—when kids get to play
and have fun they get better faster.

It's that simple.

Reserve your seat for the annual Face Off For Ace event

THE SIXTEENTH ANNUAL
FACE OFF FOR ACE 2017

Face Off For Ace 2017, will be held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA, Thursday, March 9, 2017.


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To support the foundation in a more substantial way we offer Sponsor Tables and Corporate Sponsorships which include various packages of tickets and recognition at the event.  For more information, please contact Barbara Pothier at barbara@acebailey.org.

PLEASE JOIN US • FACE OFF FOR ACE 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017 • Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA

GUEST SPEAKER - PAT LAFONTAINE

Honored Member, Hockey Hall of Fame

 
Pat Lafontaine, USA 16 1996 World Cup of Hockey USA vs Russia September 8, 1996 Corel Centre, Ottawa

Photo courtesy of Hockey Hall of Fame

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2017 Ace Bailey Good Guy Awardee

Katey Stone – Harvard Women’s Hockey Coach

 

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Support our marathon runners this year

MEET THE ACE BAILEY MARATHON TEAM 2017
Please support our 2017 Boston Marathon Team,
Amanda McMeniman and Raymond Bailey.

We are deeply grateful to the approximately 40 individuals who have run the marathon on our team since 2002 to raise money for the foundation. Being a charity runner in the marathon is a huge undertaking.  Not only do the runners have to train throughout the long cold and often dark New England winters but they also have to raise a significant amount of sponsorship donations and then finally run all 26.6 miles to the finish.  Our runners give us an enormous gift of their time, effort and love.  We are deeply grateful to them all.

Amanda McMeniman
Runner
Raymond Bailey
Runner
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ACE BAILEY CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION

Mission Statement

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. We strive 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.

The Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation is a
501-C-3 non-profit charity.

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Our Newest Project at the Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center

We are currently decorating the main entrance and plaza level of the Floating Hospital for Children with the adventures of the Toughlings. The entrance and hallways of the Floating are pretty bland and, well, not particularly welcoming to kids.  They’re mostly whitish walls with a few boats and fish floating around to go with the Floating motif. The hospital very much wants to fix that and that’s what this project is all about.  It’s about welcoming kids into spaces that are designed just for them — to connect with them, to delight them and put them at ease.  It reminds them that,

You don’t have to be big to be strong.

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Cozi is a turtle––who loves to CHEER people up and make them LAUGH! She's always ready to make kids feel comfortable and welcomed.

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Meet the rest of the Toughlings and Learn About Our Work
Why is it called the Floating Hospital? Learn more here.
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GOINGS-ON AT THE ABCF

 

NY Rangers visit 9/11 Memorial

The New York Rangers visited the 9/11 Memorial over the weekend of October 7 and 8. They spent time with several members of the NYPD and they toured the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Jason Vogel, V.P of Sports Operations at the Rangers said, “We were grateful to pay tribute to all those who served so bravely on that day and the days after, and all those who perished on that fateful day. Following the lead of Glen Sather, our group felt it essential to pay specific tribute to Ace and Mark, as they will always be key parts of our hockey fraternity.” With the help of florist Michael Collerone they were able to do so beautifully by placing flowers at Ace’s and Mark’s names. During the weekend the team was honored to have an audience with Police Chief Thomas Purtell, NYPD Detective Barry Driscoll, and Museum President Joe Daniels. They toured the Museum and afterward placed floral arrangements at the Memorial sites for Ace and Mark.

Kindness Blooms

Every year on June 13th, Ace’s birthday, Jan Ramirez of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, sends an email to the foundation with a photo of a single perfect white rose inserted into the top of the A in Ace’s name on the south pool memorial.  It is such a sweet thing to receive.  We always wonder who the kind soul is who honors Ace in this way, but had never asked if anyone at the museum knew. This year I sent an email to Jan to ask her if anyone knows who puts the white roses there.  We were so touched when we learned that a florist a few blocks from the site delivers white roses for every person lost on 9/11 on the date of their birthday.   Jan wrote:  “We have a local florist downtown who has been donating the white roses to the Memorial since it was dedicated.  He refuses to take a dollar for it.  He says that it is his privilege to donate them.  Our Visitor Services team jostle with one another for the right of placing them—in rain, shine, snow or sleet.” Jan told me that she only knows his name as, “Mikey Flowers.”  She said, “his a big, burly fellow with tattoos, a great NYC accent and a heart of gold.  He experience the 9/11 attacks on the ground and offered help as part of the immediate army of volunteer rescue workers.  He truly lives the sentiment of ‘Never Forget.’” Mikey Flowers truly lives the sentiment of ‘Never Forget.’ It didn’t take too much online work to find Mikey Flowers; he’s very well known in lower Manhattan.  I emailed him and received a response right away. His name is Michael Collarone and his flower shop is on Beach Street, about a fifteen minute walk from the site of the World Trade Center.  He and his shop was in the thick of it in the days and months following 9/11.  He lost friends there.  He volunteered to help in all ways that he could and he documented the scenes of horror with his camera.  He’s put together his photos and remembrances in a small book called, Mikey Flowers 9/11: Ashes to Ashes, Dust to DNA.   I plan to stop by his shop to meet him, thank him and shake his hand when I’m in NYC in late September.  And, it turns out... Read More

Read about our annual awards
THE GOOD GUY AND ACE’S HEART AWARD
The Ace Bailey Good Guy Award is presented annually to an individual who has supported and advanced the game of hockey, either on the professional, college, or youth level and who is regarded to be a truly “Good Guy.”
The Ace’s Heart Award is given as a public thank and gesture of deep appreciation to an individual who goes above and beyond, year after year, to help the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation meet its goals.

THE 2016 ACE BAILEY GOOD GUY AWARD

PRESENTED TO JOE BERTAGNA
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Joe Bertagna

Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna is in his 34th year as a college hockey administrator. This season marks his 19th year with Hockey East, after serving in a similar capacity with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) for 15 years. He is the longest serving commissioner in Hockey East history and is currently the longest serving hockey commissioner in the NCAA. In February of 2015, Hockey East directors extended Bertagna’s contract through the 2016-17 season as a direct response to a number of triumphs for the conference, including a successful hosting of the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four in Boston, a new television contract, multiple sold-out events at Fenway Park, and the addition of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Connecticut to the conference membership.

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ACE'S HEART AWARD 2016

PRESENTED TO CHRISTOS NIKOLIS, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, AHL
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Chris Nikolis and Sean Smith at the finish of the 2015 Race for Ace

For many, many years Chris Nikolis and other members of the American Hockey League staff have run half-marathons for us over the Columbus Day weekend. They have named their event, “The Race for Ace.” In conjunction with this, Chris has headed up an American Hockey League online auction to raise money for the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation. We are very grateful to Chris and to all the staff of the AHL for their generosity and loyalty over so many years.