Country Ace patrons help raise nearly $5K for Granby railroad museum |

Country Ace patrons help raise nearly $5K for Granby railroad museum

The Moffat Road Railroad visitor center sits beside a crane on the museum grounds in mid-2017 after the building was delivered to the property. Significant works has been done on the building already including the installation of a roof.
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With the simple rounding up of their purchase totals, patrons of Country Ace Hardware in Granby have helped raise nearly $5,000 this summer to help complete the Moffat Road Railroad Museum, part of the retailer’s program to raise funds for local causes.

Ace Hardware first rolled out the program, called Roundup, in 2016 at its stores across the nation to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Since it began at the Granby location two years ago, according to Jennifer Conn, Country Ace store manager, local customers have raised about $23,000 for state and local initiatives including hurricane relief in 2017, the Granby Elementary School playground and the Grand County Pet Pals bark park.

The program works by asking customers who make purchases at County Ace if they would like to round their sale to the next complete dollar amount with those extra funds then going towards a specific local fundraising project. This summer, Country Ace was made aware of the ongoing need for funds at the Moffat Road Railroad Museum in Granby, which is currently under development.

“As a local business we are just so happy to be able to do this for our community,” said Amy Kaplanis, owner of Country Ace Hardware. “Together we all make our community grand.”

The round-up effort for the museum kicked off May 29 and ended July 9. During that time, shoppers contributed $4,602.30 to the Moffat Road Railroad Museum, which is the largest amount raised by Country Ace in the program for a Grand County-based cause.

“As director I am thrilled with the amount of support,” commented Dave Naples, director of the Moffat Road Railroad Museum. “The people were very generous and we will put that money to very good use to get their museum opened as soon as we can.”

Naples said the funds raised through the round-up will be directly applied to the museum’s future visitor center; specifically, the funds will go towards the construction of an ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp and for needed insulation and roof work on the structure. Naples hastened to add the museum’s model railroad building, which houses the annual Christmas Trains display, has approximately $16,000 in outstanding costs related to the purchase and installation of water and sewer lines and the associated taps.

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