Fundraising for Face Shield Donation Efforts
Ardent Displays Donations
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in recent weeks, Ardent Displays & Packaging has switched its production to create much needed personal protection equipment for at-risk healthcare workers and first responders. Since then, we have well exceeded our original commitment of donating 10,000 face shields. Recipients of the Ardent-donated face shields include:
- Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, MA)
- Berkshire Medical Center (Pittsfield, MA)
- Manchester Memorial Hospital/Eastern Connecticut Health Network (Manchester, CT)
- Waterbury Hospital (Waterbury, CT)
- Bristol Health (Bristol CT)
- Danbury Hospital (Danbury, CT)
- Norwalk Hospital (Norwalk, CT)
- Middlesex Hospital (Middletown, CT)
- Stamford Hospital (Stamford, CT)
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Hartford, CT)
- Day Kimball Hospital (Putnam, CT)
- Windham Hospital/Hartford HealthCare (Windham, CT)
- St. Joseph’s Living Center (Windham, CT)
- Flagler County Board of County Commissioners (Bunnell, FL)
- Numerous first responder groups
Donation Opportunities for Others
Our goal is to help protect the men and women working tirelessly to protect our communities during this epidemic. Any contributions to help aid this effort would be incredibly appreciated, both by our team here at Ardent Displays and most importantly by the teams working on the front lines standing between us and this virus.
Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities, and Other Frontline Organizations
Corporations, foundations, and generous individuals are stepping up to purchase face shields to donate to organizations important to them. Please consider joining them by making a purchase. They are available in quantities of 100. Each box can be customized with a sticker identifying the donor. Inquire at PPE@ArdentDisplays.com.
Connecticut First Responders
A general donation in any amount can be made to help project Connecticut first responders. Ardent Displays has committed to raising money to try and provide every first responder in Connecticut with a face shield. There are approximately 33,700 first responders in the State of Connecticut, including 1,200 Connecticut State Police, 7,500 municipal police, and an estimated 25,000 paid and volunteer firefighters. If you have the means to contribute, please visit Our GoFundMe Page.
From the Recipients
Throughout our efforts to provide our community with quality personal protective equipment, we have been inspired by the many heroes in our healthcare system that are moving mountains in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is in their service that we produce these supplies.
"We are grateful to the team at Ardent Displays & Fixtures for their innovation in creating face shields and their generous donation to Baystate Health. We appreciate their partnership with Dr. Adam Kellogg to ensure that the face shields would meet the needs of the health system and beyond as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic."
– Sofia Iddir Nadolski, Manager, Value Analysis, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA
"Albert Einstein once said: 'In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.'
The opportunity that the staff and leadership of Ardent Displays and Fixtures saw with the COVID-19 crisis was an immediate need for face shields at Bristol Health. The face shields were donated at a time when they were needed the most.
Our employees--like those shown from our diagnostic services department--pride themselves on providing safe and high-quality to our patients. And we cannot fulfill this commitment without the support of organizations like Ardent Displays and Fixtures.
Thank you for being there for our staff, patients and families."
– Christopher Boyle, Director of Public Relations, Bristol Health, Bristol CT
Berkshire Medical Center Emergency Room staff wearing their donated shields
"On behalf of Berkshire Health Systems and our entire workforce, I want to extend our greatest appreciation to the Budnick family and their employees, who in a time of great challenge to all in healthcare were able to provide significant relief in our supply of face shields to help protect our staff from COVID-19. This is further proof that in a time of need, New Englanders work together to overcome adversity."
– Darlene Rodowicz, Executive Vice President, Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire MA
Middlesex Hospital employees wearing their donated shields
"We are extremely grateful for your generous donation of precious protective equipment. On behalf of our 3000 employees who are working every day to save lives, THANK YOU!!"
– Vincent G. Capece, Jr., President/CEO, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT
Andrea Rynn receives donation from Donald Budnick for Danbury Hospital
"The health of our community is at the core of our mission, and we have been working day and night to secure critical supplies so that our facilities are fully equipped with the material crucial to keeping our community members safe during this pandemic, We’re very thankful to the Budnick's for this very important donation, as it comes at a time when we anticipate a greater strain on our system due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.”
– Andrea Rynn, Director of Public Affairs, Nuvance Health, Danbury, CT
State Senator M Saud Anwar was the driving force behind Ardent's decision to produce face shields
"The incredible innovation and selfless dedication to the local community Ardent is showing through these donations that we can all make a difference during these difficult times."
– M Saud Anwar, MD, Deputy President Pro Tempore, CT State Senate
"Your donation was incredibly generous and thoughtful. We've been very proactive seeking out PPE in preparation for Covid in our community, but face shields have been difficult to find. Thank you Ardent."
– Zach Potter, R.N., Assistant Director of Nursing, St. Josephs Living Center, Windham, CT
Recent Press Coverage
Our efforts to adapt to the changing needs of our community has been featured on a number of news outlets.