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Record $130,000 Raised for Heat Relief

Westlake Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army raise funds to give more than 9,100 fans to those in need.

Kansas City, MO – July 7, 2020 – Westlake Ace Hardware recently partnered with The Salvation Army for their annual fan drive. This is the 14th year of the partnership that benefits local communities by providing box fans to those in need.

In an uncertain time for many, a record-setting $130,000 was donated in just 18 days, equating to more than 9,100 fans. During the fan drive, customers were asked to donate by rounding-up their purchase at the register. Westlake Hardware then turned customers’ donations into fans and chipped in an additional 700 fans for the charity.

“The fact this program raised $130,000 is proof of the overwhelming support our customers regularly show toward those in their communities who have the most need,” said Joe Jeffries, president and CEO of Westlake Ace Hardware. “It’s truly an honor to sponsor this program every year, and it’s heartening to see such generosity during uncertain times as these. Most of all, it’s both exciting and affirming knowing that The Salvation Army can positively impact thousands of lives with the funds raised during the fan drive.”

“Westlake has gone above and beyond with what was already an amazing annual fundraiser for heat relief,” said Dale Bannon, The Salvation Army’s Secretary for National Community Relations and Development. “The Salvation Army continues to serve millions of Americans affected by COVID-19 and Westlake’s partnership is a much-needed help as we also provide life-saving heat relief amid dangerous summer temperatures.”

Fans are being delivered in July to Salvation Army commands in each of Westlake’s communities. To find out how much was raised in your area, please contact Susan Shank @ 

Westlake Ace Hardware
Susan Shank

The Salvation Army USA
David Jolley

About Westlake Ace Hardware 

For nearly 115 years, Westlake Ace Hardware has been the helpful neighborhood hardware store countless generations have shopped at for power and hand tools, fasteners, housewares, and plumbing, lawn care, pet, and electrical supplies. It has been part of the Ace Hardware Cooperative since 1959, and a wholly-owned Ace subsidiary since 2012.

With access to more than 70,000 products, Westlake lives the Ace Helpful Promise every day by delivering reliable service, helpful advice, and products, so its customers and neighbors get their projects done right every time.

Westlake currently owns and operates 139 stores in 12 states:

  • California (Ace Hardware of Chico, Fresno, La Crescenta, Mountain View, Pinole, South Pasadena, Thousand Oaks, Turlock, Van Nuys, West LA, and Woodland)
  • Illinois (Buikema’s Ace Hardware in Chicago)
  • Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico (Westlake Ace Hardware)
  • North Caroline (Ace Hardware in Raleigh, Outer Banks Ace Hardware)
  • Washington (Dennis Company Ace, North Bend)

About The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 135 years in the United States. Nearly 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

Media Contact:

Tom Mentzer
Mentzer PR Group (for Westlake Ace Hardware)
(913) 626-9066

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