Saturday, October 9, 2010


Ace’s Helpful Hands Program is Providing Paint Makeovers to 50 High Schools Across the U.S

A new coat of paint can mean many things, but at a school it can be the difference between
inspiration and apathy. An engaging learning environment can stir creativity, motivate learning
and invigorate everyone who steps foot on campus. Such physical improvements sometimes
fall by the wayside, but with a helpful hand from the Helpful Hands Program, 50 high school
campuses across America are getting the fresh start they need.

Helpful Hands will be providing paint makeovers to one deserving high school in each of the
fifty states. From Alaska to Texas, high school students and community members around the
country will soon discover that a new coat of paint does more than add color to the wall – it
marks a new beginning, boosts spirits and establishes pride where it is needed the most.

FUNDING NOTE : The funding sponsor of this segment is Ace Hardware.

About Lou Manfredini:

Lou Manfredini is a self-made success story in the home maintenance industry. What began as a
hardware store job as a teenager and later as a carpenter’s apprentice in college turned into a booming
career as a nationally respected home maintenance expert. Manfredini began his media career when
WGN Radio in Chicago launched his idea for a home improvement call-in radio show. Currently, he is
the official home expert for NBC’s Today Show and a frequent guest on numerous network television
stations across the United States. Most recently, Manfredini is the host of his own television show,
HouseSmarts, which is syndicated on numerous network stations across the country. Manfredini also has
authored five successful DIY books, including Bath Smarts (2004), Kitchen Smarts (2004), House Smarts
(2002) and Mr. Fix-It Introduces You to Your Home (2002). Manfredini’s books have been featured in
national magazines such as People and Newsweek, as well as major-market newspapers such as the
Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. In addition to his media engagements, Lou is still true to his
entrepreneurial roots and spirit. He is the owner of an Ace Hardware store in Chicago, Ill., where he lives
with his wife and four children.

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