Cape St. Claire is where we call home and is a part of a much bigger community. Anne Arundel, Annapolis, Arnold, Broadneck Peninsula, no matter how you identify it, it has been our home for decades. First, as True Value and now as Cape Ace Hardware. There is a sense of pride that come from being a part of this community. It is because of that pride and love that Cape Ace Hardware works to give back to our community. Through local charities and community organizations, we work to give our time, money, and resources to help out causes near and dear to us and our customers. Here are a few organizations we would like to highlight that we have found both fulfilling and an honor to help.
If you know Cape Ace, you know we love animals. So, it comes as no surprise that this is one of our favorite organizations. As a matter of fact, Melissa Wade, the owner of Cape Ace, is a board member for the SPCA. We truly feel our furry friends are an extension of our family and add such joy to our lives.
The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in Anne Arundel County. This organization provides shelter and care for animals in need. In fact, the shelter has no limit on how long an animal can stay with them.
Because the SPCA is fully supported by private donations, Cape Ace works hard to actively fundraise for them throughout the year. We are very passionate about helping and loving animals. Stop by Cape Ace on any given day and you will most likely see a happy dog or two running around the store.
Johns Hopkins Children Center is consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country. The hospital provides industry-leading, compassionate care to children and their families. In addition, Johns Hopkins always needs donations so they can continue conducting research and training the best pediatricians.
Cape Ace is currently involved with an in-store donation event called ‘Round Up for Kids’. Whenever a customer checks out, at any Ace Hardware store, they will have the option of rounding up their total to the nearest dollar and that money will be donated to Johns Hopkins Children Center. The Round Up event will continue throughout the month of April and all proceeds go to our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Johns Hopkins.
It’s easy to say that this is truly a Maryland tradition. Some people might think we are crazy, but it’s worth some cold water to make a difference. The Polar Bear Plunge was created to provide support for sports training and competitions for those athletes that participate in the Special Olympics. The annual plunge takes place at Sandy Point State Park during the chilly winter month of January. The event has been going on for 21 years, and it is hugely popular amongst our community.
No only do our staff get involved, Cape Ace donates to our friend and veteran plunger, Donna Taylor. Donna Taylor is a “Super Plunger,” which means that she jumps into the Chesapeake Bay every hour for 24 hours throughout the duration of the plunge. If you weren’t able to plunge but would like to give to this great cause, click here.
One of our favorite event of the year is the Cape St. Claire Strawberry Festival. It is a staple in the Cape st. Claire community and one that is very meaningful for us as it brings us all together as a community. The festival is an annual celebration of the summer season. And, this year it is being held on Saturday, June 3rd from 10 am- 7 pm at the Cape St. Claire Main Beach. It is an eventful day filled with a parade, live music, food, contests, games, a Silent Auction, and of course strawberries. Every year, we donate a moon bounce to the Festival and the Fall Octoberfest as well. We also give away two bikes for prize winnings, each for children.
While the list above is just some of the organizations we donate to, there are many more charities we give to each year. Cape Ace does get solicited for donations, so we try hard to pick ones that have a direct and immediate impact on our community and customers. What can we say? We Cape St. Claire.