McGuckin Hardware, a Boulder community institution, will participate in this year’s Festival of Trees,
offering six trees adorned with giftable products that can be won in a raffle to benefit local non-profit
Meals on Wheels (MoW).
Boulder, CO –November 23, 2014—McGuckin Hardware will join the roster of local businesses
supporting Meals on Wheels in the ninth annual Festival of Trees, a raffle open to any bidder designed
to generate donations for the non-profit during the holiday season. The festival begins with a special
lighting ceremony Sunday November 23rd, and continues until noon on Thursday December 18th.
McGuckin Hardware will put a twist on the traditional MoW holiday tree display, exhibiting six trees
made entirely from hardware items to be stationed in different departments throughout the store. The
unique trees will highlight the store’s support of the creative “Maker culture,” as well as contain
generous products that are included in the biddings.
Raffle tickets can be purchased online at the MoW website for $5 per entry, and winners will be
announced at the MoW holiday party on Friday, December 19th.
“I think it’s a good, different way of raising funds for services that help so many people right here in
Boulder,” said Melanie Atchison, inventory control specialist for McGuckin Hardware and MoW delivery
volunteer for the past five years. “The community involvement is really rewarding for everyone
“There couldn’t be a better partnership,” said Lory Howlett, MoW event coordinator, “a vital local
business like McGuckins and a vital local non-profit like Meals on Wheels of Boulder, powered by a
wealth of hometown businesses, volunteers, donors and our amazing community.”
McGuckin Hardware will join the largest merchant participation to date, including businesses from the
Village Shopping Center, Pearl Street Mall and Water Street.
“This year’s Festival of Trees is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever,” Howlett said. “We’re proud
of the way McGuckin and so many others are linking up and pulling together to support this unique
event. We should all feel good about doing good together.”
About Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels (MoW) is an independent, local non-profit, fully funded by private donations and
grants. With a small staff and an army of volunteers, they deliver around 250 hot, delicious and
nutritious meals daily to Boulder residents who are not able to prepare a hot meal for themselves. They
also serve lunch to 40-60 guests each weekday at Café Classico, and host a dinner and show for 80-120
guests every Tuesday evening. MoW does not receive any state or federal funding and has delivered
more than 1.99 million meals since 1969.
About McGuckin Hardware
McGuckin Hardware is an independent, family-owned hardware store in Boulder, Colorado, employing
an average of 225 people and stocking nearly 200,000 items in 18 departments. The store, founded in
1955, is based on product selection and customer service, and is known to be friendly to leashed
dogs, DIY projects, entrepreneurs and the emerging Maker culture. It is referred to as the largest
independent hardware store in the United States.