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"Restore Your Outdoors" With Ace Hardware and The Weather Channel(R) This Summer

"Restore Your Outdoors" With Ace Hardware and The Weather Channel(R) This Summer 
Ace Hardware and The Weather Channel Award One Lucky Winner $15,000
in Ace Gift Cards for Outdoor Makeover 
OAK BROOK, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 05/02/13 --  Ace Hardware, the
largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry, and The
Weather Channel announce the launch of "Restore Your Outdoors" -- an
initiative pairing the personal, knowledgeable and helpful service
that customers have come to expect when shopping at their
neighborhood Ace store with the trusted local weather knowledge they
depend on from The Weather Channel. As part of this program,
beginning this week, homeowners from across the country can enter for
a chance to win $15,000 in Ace gift cards. 
In addition to the sweepstakes, Ace's alliance with The Weather
Channel provides homeowners with the tips and tools they need to
complete their outdoor home maintenance tasks. With the help of Ace's
Home Expert, Lou Manfredini and Ace's Design Expert, Julie Richard,
"Restore Your Outdoors" is designed to provide easy-to-execute
suggestions for homes across the country, including how updating and
maintaining your outdoor living areas can make your home more
inviting, how top brands like Craftsman(R) products can help you
maintain your home, and how to use inspiration from the outdoors when
choosing paint colors. 
"Many homeowners have a list of home maintenance projects they've
thought about, but never taken on, simply because they don't know
where to begin," said Manfredini. "Together with The Weather Channel
we're able to not only offer one lucky winner the opportunity to
update their outdoor space, but also provide our more personal kind
of helpful to homeowners across the country."  
Throughout May, consumers are invited to enter the sweepstakes for a
chance to win $15,000 in Ace gift cards. Additionally, each week
during the promotion, Ace will be giving away a $100 gift card to one
lucky winner. Official rules and details can be found online on Ace
Hardware's Facebook page or The Weather Channel brand's Facebook
"With the weather finally starting to warm up, we know people are
excited about getting outside and enjoying their outdoor space. The
weather forecast is crucial," said Randi Stipes, vice pres
ident of
client solutions at The Weather Company. "Ace and The Weather Channel
both understand the importance of providing the necessary information
to consumers to help them make planning decisions, with a little
inspiration along the way. The alliance allows us to deliver on our
goal to help weather enthusiasts live their best life outdoors, while
also helping highlight Ace's commitment to being The Helpful Place in
your neighborhood, both inside and outside its store walls." 
Throughout the months of May and June, four makeovers hosted by
Manfredini and Richard will air on The Weather Channel as well as
appear on a "Restore Your Outdoors" tab on Ace and The Weather
Channel brand's Facebook pages. For more details and official rules
on "Restore Your Outdoors," visit 
Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 p.m. EDT on 5/1/13 and ends at
11:59:59 p.m. EDT on 5/31/13. Ace gift cards can be used for almost
anything at participating Ace stores and use of prize is not
restricted to outdoor materials (but your backyard will love you for
it). Sponsor: The Weather Channel LLC, 300 Interstate North Parkway
SE, Atlanta, GA 30339. 
About Ace Hardware
 For nearly 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known
as the helpful hardware store in thousands of neighborhoods across
America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful.
With more than 4,600 hardware stores locally owned and operated
across the globe, Ace is the largest hardware cooperative in the
industry. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries
currently operate 14 distribution centers in the U.S and also have
distribution 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 
The Weather Company: Where the World Gets its Weather
 Through The
Weather Channel,, Weather Underground,
and third-party publishing partners, the company provides millions of
people every day with the world's best weather forecasts, content and
data, connecting with them through television, online, mobile and
tablet screens. Through WSI and Weather Central, the company delivers
superior professional weather services for the media, aviation,
marine and energy sectors. The Weather Company is owned by a
consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The
Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit 
Media Contacts:
Ben Brodette
DBC PR+New Media 
Jenny Stephen
Ace Hardware Corporation
Melissa Medori
The Weather Company 
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