(Norwalk, CT, May 31, 2011) – On May 12, the final day of the 2011 National Hardware Show®, exhibiting companies donated 14 trailer loads of products to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas based non-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities. This collective donation was the largest ever from the exhibitors of National Hardware Show® to its preferred charity – surpassing any previous year by 15 percent, according to Laura D'Amore, director of sales at Opportunity Village. This means more merchandise for the Opportunity Village thrift store, which employs mentally disabled people in the Las Vegas community.
"The National Hardware Show is a major contributing factor to our store's success," D'Amore said. "Prior to receiving the donations from the National Hardware Show, our thrift division closed three stores and was in jeopardy of closing the last store down. This would have displaced 23 adults with severe disabilities that work in the store, not to mention the needed merchandise offered to the surrounding low income communities. Now every year after the National Hardware Show, the community lines up outside the doors waiting to see the fabulous tools, garden décor and hardware that awaits. It is like Christmas morning for about two months at Opportunity Village Thrift Store."
This year's donation – the largest since the National Hardware Show® moved to Las Vegas in 2004 and made Opportunity its preferred charity – was the perfect ending to a successful 2011 Show, which featured more than 2,300 exhibitors across nine product categories: Hardware & Tools; Homewares; Paint & Accessories; Plumbing & Electrical; Storage & Organization; Lawn, Garden & Outdoor Living and Tailgating & Outdoor Recreation; as well as core product categories featured in the Show's International Sourcing area. "A New Way to Market" was the major theme of the 2011 event, which expanded on an impressive list of global attendees, not only from traditional retail and wholesale outlets but additional channels like grocery, mass, drug, catalog and the Internet - all representing almost $240 billion in sales revenue.
In addition to the goods collected from many National Hardware Show® exhibitors, Opportunity Village also received the Sears "traveling toolbox" full of Sears tools and gift cards, which was presented by national TV personality and home design expert Ty Pennington in a special ceremony during the 2011 event. "We think this is a great cause that really embodies the `Do It Together' message, so Sears is providing them with a fully stocked toolbox and some other materials," Pennington told a standing room only crowd at the Show on May 11.
"The presentation and Mr. Pennington's endorsement of Opportunity Village provided us with more merchandise this year than any other," D'Amore added. "We had exhibitors telling all our Opportunity Village staff, 'I hear you do wonderful things for people with disabilities in the Las Vegas community.' The buy-in and support from everyone in this year's show was heartwarming. We truly feel like part of the National Hardware Show family and thank them for everything they do for our very special people."
About The National Hardware Show®
The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 66 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s to today's current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show® continually evolves through the industry's involvement, commitment and passion to improving America's quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show® is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insights to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers.
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