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Sunshine Ace Hardware awards EGGFest prizes to St. Matthew’s House, March of Dimes

Sunshine Ace Hardware has continued its tradition of supporting nonprofits through its annual Big Green EGGFest, even though COVID-19 forced the cancellation of this year’s event.

Slated for April 4 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Sunshine Ace Hardware quickly pivoted after Florida issued a “Safer at Home” order. A Virtual EGGFest, held on the same day, featured chefs offering grilling tips and tutorials, award-winning recipes and product demonstrations through a series of social media videos.

At the Virtual EGGFest, social media users were asked to nominate a local nonprofit deserving of what would have been the grand prize, a Mini Max Big Green Egg and selection of rubs and sauces.

“Nominations began pouring in, and it’s incredibly comforting to know that so many organizations are stepping up during this challenging period,” said Michael Wynn, president of Sunshine Ace Hardware. “Our leadership team ultimately selected St. Matthew’s House because its staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly on the front lines to feed our community. St. Matthew’s House is truly touching hearts and transforming lives.”

The mission of St. Matthew’s House is to provide housing for the homeless, food for the needy, and comfort for the addicted and suffering. The organization offers a food pantry program and on-site chef training.

Additionally, Sunshine Ace Hardware awarded a $200 Sunshine Ace gift card to March of Dimes, which is supporting local health care workers, mothers and newborns during this time of need and crisis.

Since the coronavirus outbreak began, Sunshine Ace has helped provide N95 safety masks, antibacterial soap, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, coveralls and shoe safety covers to NCH Healthcare System and Lee Health. The company’s “Round Up for the Kids” charitable campaign, which runs through April 30, also is raising money for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida through the Children’s Miracle Network. Customers at any of Sunshine Ace’s nine locations along Florida’s Gulf Coast can round up their purchases at the cash register to support the campaign.

About Sunshine Ace Hardware

Family owned and operated since 1958, Sunshine Ace Hardware serves Florida with nine locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as two Crowder Bros. stores in Manatee County, and are staffed by a long-term, friendly and knowledgeable team. Focused on customer service, Sunshine Ace employees are best known for building relationships and going above and beyond to help solve a home repair or maintenance issue or to simply guide customers to the right tool for the job. For in-home support, Sunshine Ace provides a range of professional services such as rod-tip repair, screen, glass and equipment repairs. Free delivery and assembly is also provided on items such as grills, power tools, mulch, soil and more. Sunshine Ace offers a wide variety of products including plumbing, hardware and electrical supplies, houseware, fishing gear, power equipment, paint, painting supplies and more. Sunshine Ace proudly carries quality brands including Benjamin Moore paints, Scotts lawn and garden products, Craftsman tools, STIHL power tools, Weber and Big Green Egg grills, as well as Penn and Shimano fishing gear. In addition to serving residential clients, Sunshine Ace services commercial accounts, with flexible options to support contractors in managing and growing their business. For locations and hours, visit www.SunshineAce.com.

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