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Local Hardware Store Raising Money for Japan

Ace Hardware in Southampton center has set a goal of $50,00 to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

announced a fund-raising campaign Monday for the American Red Cross – Japan Relief.  The company, which will match customer donations made during checkout, and set its goal at $50,000.

“We started late Saturday, and collected $400 in three hours. Sunday, in spite of rain, an additional $550 was donated," owner Gene Pedrotti said in a statement released late Sunday afternoon. "One customer even stated that he would return with a $500 check shortly. This is truly a humbling experience. In the face of a horrific event, it is gratifying to see the community rise to this level of support.”

The company began the Pedrotti Hardware Charitable Trust earlier this year, with the goal of giving back to the community at the local, national and global level. Using the slogan Be Helpful – Join Ace  — Make the World a  Better Place, Pedrotti is organizing his Bay Area Ace Hardware colleagues to extend this aid campaign to their communities.

Remy Regala March 14, 2011 at 02:45 PM
More power to ACE!
T. Gunter March 14, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Kudos to Ace. It's precisely times like this that we are reminded what the earth is capable of, and that we need to come together as humans to help those that are impacted when things get rough.
JB Davis (Editor) March 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM
They are making it really easy too. Yesterday I donated my change plus a buck. Gene Pedrotti will match my donation. He does the paperwork and I get to support a local business and make a donation all in the course of my regular routine.
JB Davis (Editor) March 14, 2011 at 10:24 PM
I grew up on the beach. My dad was a surfer and I used to be a surfer. I still sail and I have spent countless hours skin and SCUBA diving. The ocean is many things to me. Tsunamis are yet another reminder of the power of the ocean and of the earth. Even when you are paying attention the ocean can kill, but that won't ever stop me from enjoying its graces.
Dalt Williams March 15, 2011 at 03:12 PM
I commend ACE Hardware & Gene Pedrotti for collecting donations for Japan tsunami victims. However, I'm not surprised by Benicians compassion & generosity. In 1989 the Benicia HS Panther Band & ColorGuard went door to door & collected $6000 and two moving vans full of clothing, camping gear, food, and necessities for the Santa Cruz earthquake victims. You're the best Benicia!! Dalt Williams BHS Band Director, rit.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 01, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Gene Pedrotti, this has nothng to do with race, but try sometimes to alleviate some of the hardship that is being endured by your fellow African American Patrons and Citizens. Un-employment is calculated at 9% for America. Now take that figure and triple it for African Americans. Yes, you guessed, it is the equivalent of the Tsunami in Japan in terms of destruction of the family, loss of property and homes and marriages, etc, etc. So once again I commend you for helping Japan but please in the future, try to give a job to your fellow bretheren. PLEASE DON'T SYMPATHIZE OR EMPATHIZE WITH ME....JUST HIRE FROM OUR COMMUNITY!!! It's only fair and it's that simple.
Robert Livesay April 02, 2011 at 02:58 AM
I must tell the Patch you set it up. You are a liberal blog . What would you expect from the community if you allow writers including myself to comment back at other comments. The editor and Ari can chime in any time they want. Not at all professional. Both of you know better. But if that is the way you want it, accept all comments and keep out of it. Just remember what you are is a local blog with a lot of fluff and very few local news stories. OK once in a while. You set the agenda and that is what you got. I know I will get a lot of liberal comments on my responce, but that is only because I am a Conservative. Bob Livesay

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