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.
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