Ace Hardware Celebrity Shootout to Benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Premiers May 12 on the Golf Channel

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Professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey athletes compete in 18th annual Ace Hardware golf tournament to raise $1.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Professional athletes from baseball, football, basketball and hockey will level the playing field on the golf course for the 18th Annual Ace Hardware Celebrity Golf Shootout. The event supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, a charity that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.

Set to air on the Golf Channel at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on May 12, and again at 2 a.m. ET on June 9 and 11 a.m. ET on June 10, the 18th Annual Ace Hardware Celebrity Golf Shootout features some of the biggest names in professional sports in an event known for stunning golf shots at a premier course in Hawaii. Paired in teams according to sport, the athletes will compete in a series of golf challenges, raising $1.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Each athlete also will play for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, with the fan favorite receiving $50,000 to donate to his hospital.

“What these athletes can do with a golf club is amazing,” said NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, who hosts the event with Melanie Collins, the face of Yahoo! Sports and co-host of the Golf Channel’s Big Break. “But to witness their competitive spirit to ultimately benefit sick and injured kids in their communities, is truly remarkable. It was an honor to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals with each of them.”

Competing in the 2015 Ace Celebrity Golf Shootout are:

  • MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar, playing for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Two-time MLB All-Star Derek Lowe, playing for Miami Children’s Hospital
  • NBA All-Star Julius Irving, playing for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Slam dunk legend Spud Webb, playing for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
  • NFL Chicago Bears placekicker Robbie Gould, playing for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Former NFL player and Monday Night Football commentator Trent Dilfer, playing for Valley Children’s Hospital, Fresno, Calif.
  • 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Captain Mike Eruzione, playing for Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Four-time Stanley Cup winner Clark Gillies, playing for Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

The event was held at the scenic Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows in Kohala Coast, Hawaii. The weeklong event began with a reception that included a performance by Grammy award nominee Brian McKnight. Since its inception, the Ace Hardware Celebrity Shootout has raised $13 million for kids treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are", at and

About the Ace Hardware Foundation
As the official charitable division of Ace Hardware Corporation, the Ace Hardware Foundation helps
enhance the vision of being the “Helpful Place” in local communities across the country and around the globe through charitable giving. The Ace Foundation provides support and philanthropic opportunities to its consumers, retail store owners, vendors and team members to give back to local communities through fundraising efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

About Ace Hardware
For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2014, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retails Stores, Eight Years in a Row”, according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,800 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distributions capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit

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