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 Newest Project at the Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center
Over the next few months the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation will be funding 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 consists of redecorating the five patient exam/treatment rooms with the adventures of the Toughlings. Each room will be unique in its design. The goal is to make the PED visually welcoming to kids to put them at ease. The entire PED will be tied together in design making it a welcoming, fun and bright environment for kids and their families.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome and Thank You to our 2018 Boston Marathon Runners
Read about our annual awards
Ace Bailey Good Guy Award and Ace's Heart Award
THE 2017 ACE BAILEY GOOD GUY AWARD
PRESENTED TO KATEY STONE
Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey, is the winningest coach in the history of Division I women’s hockey. She has amassed 446 victories over the course of her career and is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the women’s college hockey. Stone has spent all 21 of her seasons as a head coach with Harvard.
The 2013-14 season Katey served as the head coach of the United States Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. As the first-ever female head coach of a USA Hockey team in the Olympics, Stone led the Americans to the silver medal in Sochi, taking part in the gold medal game versus rival Canada.
PRESENTED TO KEVIN AND BETH ANN BLIGH AND THEIR DAUGHTERS CAROLINE AND CAILIN
We met Kevin and Beth Ann Bligh after their youngest daughter, Cailin, was born prematurely and spent several weeks in the Floating Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Over the years Kevin and Beth Ann and their two little girls, Caroline and Cailin have been wonderful friends to the foundation.Beth Ann has run the Boston Marathon for us two times and she and Kevin have raised money though all sorts of events including a spin-a-thon and a wine tasting.Kevin ran the Cleveland Marathon in May 2017 and he voluntarily set-up a Crowdrise fundraising page to raise sponsorship donations for the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation. Kevin takes care of all the foundation Facebook and Twitter posts.Now, even their two girls are raising money for the foundation.With a lemonade stand that they held last summer they and their friends raised $50 for the foundation.
In honor of all their kindness, their generosity and their huge hearts, I would like to honor them with the 2017 Ace Bailey Heart Award.
In August Todd Bailey and his wife Kelly visited the 9/11 Memorial in NYC. Todd brought along six of his Dad’s seven Stanley Cup rings and photographed them along side Ace’s name on the memorial. During Ace’s playing career with the Boston Bruins he won two Stanley Cup rings. He won five more as a scout for the Edmonton Oilers. On 9/11 he was wearing one of the Edmonton rings on his trip to L.A. to begin training camp with the Kings.
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