Apr 02 2014

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Westlake Ace Hardware refurbishes the Cherry Street House kitchen, dining room and sunroom with fresh paint in exciting colors, refinished furniture and other improvements


KANSAS CITY, Mo., (April 2, 2014) – Spring is finally here, and to celebrate the brighter days ahead, Westlake Ace Hardware has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) to refurbish the kitchen, dining room and sunroom at the Cherry Street House (2501Cherry Street). 

April 8-10, a team of volunteers from Westlake will repair walls, paint, refinish furniture and woodwork, provide a deep cleaning, and install new cabinetry hardware to create a lively and fun new atmosphere for the residents of the RMHC-KC. The design for the refurbished spaces was created by Ace’s Design Expert Katie Reynolds and will feature cheerful pops of turquoise, orange, citrus yellow and cobalt blue to create a happy and bright oasis. Framed art from current and past Cherry Street House guests and other accessories will complete the look and add a personal touch to the spaces.

Media Day on April 9

The RMHC-KC Cherry Street House (2502 Cherry Street in Kansas City, Mo.) will be open to media from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 9. It will be a great opportunity to see the Westlake volunteers hard at work refurbishing the kitchen, dining room and sunroom. Representatives from RMHC-KC and Westlake Ace will be available for comment, as well as Ace’s Design Expert Katie Reynolds. For more details, contact Tom Mentzer at (913) 626-9066 or tmentzer@mprg.biz.

“We are thrilled that Westlake Ace Hardware offered to assist us in refurbishing and redecorating the rooms at the Cherry Street House,” said Holly Buckendahl, CEO of RMHC-KC. “Our houses are continuously full and the kitchens and dining areas are subject to considerable traffic and wear. Because of that, the support Westlake is providing to us and the expertise they will deliver is both necessary and deeply appreciated.”

Tom Knox, CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware, added, “The work the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City does to provide families of critically ill children support and give them a comfortable home-away-from-home is inspiring. We are honored to be able to assist them and provide a fresh, new update to the house. Hopefully, in some small way, the work we’re doing helps make the lives of the families they serve less stressful during a difficult time.”

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City is to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families by providing a "home away from home" while they are receiving medical care at Kansas City-area hospitals. On any given night, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City serves 67 families. Annually, it provides lodging to nearly 5,000 families and supports more than 46,000 visits from inpatients and their families at its Family Room space within Children's Mercy Hospital. By providing a comfortable place to stay, warm meals and other supportive services, RMHC-KC works to keep families together during a difficult time. Families staying at RMHC-KC will experience a safe, peaceful environment so they can focus on what's most important: their child's health.

 About Westlake Ace Hardware

Westlake Ace Hardware was founded in 1905 and today operates 85 neighborhood hardware stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Westlake is the largest member of the Ace Hardware Cooperative, giving the company access to over 70,000 items. Westlake product categories include traditional hardware categories such as fasteners, tools, plumbing and electric supplies and paint. Westlake also offers a wide range of lawn and garden products and operates large Garden Centers adjacent to many of its stores. For more information, please visit westlakehardware.com.

About Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds is the owner and principal designer for Lilli Design LLC – an interior design firm based in Dallas, TX. She joined Ace Hardware’s first-ever panel of Design Experts in 2012. Comprised of three hand-selected interior designers from across the country, Ace’s panel of Design Experts provide the inspiration and tools Ace customers are looking for when making their paint purchases, including color selection advice, seasonal color trends and DIY/how-to painting tips and tricks. One of her strongest areas of expertise is color. She regularly guides her clients through the color selection process when they are looking for an easy, yet dramatic change.

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