Supporting Fulton Block Builders

Northern Ace has donated $500 to the Fulton Block Builders program, and offers discounts for Fulton Block Builders participants. Pictured is Chasity Browngart of Northern Ace.

Three local businesses responded immediately when the Richard S. Shineman Foundation announced it would extend the Fulton Block Builders (FBB) fundraising deadline by 15 days.

Upon hearing the news, Chasity Browngart from Northern Ace contacted Linda Eagan, the administrative director of FBB, saying that the store would donate $500 in addition to the discounts Northern Ace gives to FBB block participants.

A few hours later Eagan received a call from Mark Blowers at Lakeside Roofing and Siding in Hannibal declaring it also had a check for $500 in addition to the discounts it provides.

One day later, Chris Sachel at Mimi’s Drive-In restaurant reported mailing in a check for $500.

“This wonderful city of ours never ceases to amaze me,” said Eagan. “At every turn, more and more community participation and pride is being exhibited.”

Eagan encourages all residents to support local businesses. To learn more about those that directly support FBB, go to

The Volney Ace Hardware store is a member of the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Ace Hardware began as a small chain of stores in 1924 and has grown to include more than 4,600 stores in 50 states and more than 70 countries. Northern Ace Hardware is independently owned by Fulton resident Chasity Browngardt.

“Offering discounts to FBB participants and donating $500 to the fundraising campaign is an extension of our local commitment,” Browngardt said.

Blowers echoed those thoughts.

“At Lakeside Roofing and Siding, our team has a commitment to assist each customer with the service many have come to expect here at Lakeside. Our commitment to the FBB program is an extension of that commitment,” Blowers said. “We are impressed with the work that is being done throughout the city and the neighborly relationships forming. Last year we were happy to offer FBB participants discounts but wanted to do more. Donating $500 was decided at our corporate headquarters in Ontario, New York.”

The newest Lakeside store can be found in Hannibal in the old Scott’s Hardware location on Auburn Street.

Mimi’s Drive-In in Fulton also supports Fulton Block Builders, and Eagan encourages residents to stop by and let them know how much they appreciate their support of FBB.

If your business is interested in providing discounts to participants or donating to the FBB fundraising campaign, email Linda Eagan at

Every dollar donated is matched 2-to-1 by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. Donations are tax deductible and go directly to the Block Challenge Grants and promotion of the program.

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