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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.

BUY TICKETS

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.

SAVE THE DATE • FACE OFF FOR ACE 2017

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

 

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Read our mission statement

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR WORK

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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.
Read our latest blog post

GOINGS-ON AT THE ABCF

 

AHL Race for Ace

On Saturday, October 8, two of our friends from the American Hockey League, Chris Nikolis and Sean Smith, ran the Hartford Half Marathon as the “Race for Ace” team to show their support and raise money for the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation.  They are heroes to us!  Through their efforts and online auctions they raised a gift of $10,000 for the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation that will go towards our Toughlings projects at the Floating Hospital for Children.  We send our warmest gratitude to AHL President and Executive Director, Dave Andrews and all our friends on the AHL staff, for their loyalty and generosity since 2001. Friends like these are a treasure and a gift.  We are so grateful.  Thank you all.

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... Read More
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Dave Andrews (left) and Guest Speaker, Adam Graves (right) with the staff of the AHL at the 2015 Face Off for Ace

Mikey Flowers truly lives the sentiment of ‘Never Forget.’

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Support our marathon runners this year

MEET THE ACE BAILEY MARATHON TEAM 2016
Heartfelt thanks to our 2016 Boston Marathon charity runners,
Carrie Meersman and Ashley Branum.

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.

Ashely Branum
Runner
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Runner
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.