East Carolina University’s Dowdy Student Stores and its vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check for $5,250 to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. The check presentation was held Aug. 16 at Clark-LeClair stadium and featured representatives from the ALS Association, Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions and ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin.
The money was raised through sales of “Strike Out ALS” T-shirts at ECU Dowdy Student Stores on campus and the souvenir booth at Clark-LeClair Stadium during baseball season. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, N.C.
Dowdy Student Stores director Bryan Tuten said he was pleased that the Pirate Nation fan base was so supportive of the shirts. “Pirate fans have always been supportive of the cause-related T-shirts sold through our store on campus,” said Tuten. The university-owned and operated bookstore also sells fund-raising T-shirts for military appreciation and pediatric cancer awareness during the fall semester.
Perfect Promotions vice president of sales Stephen McFadden is also proud to play a role in the effort. As a vendor of Dowdy Student Stores and an ECU alumnus, McFadden enjoys partnering with the store on projects that give back to the local community.
Over the past three years, the collaboration between Perfect Promotions and Dowdy Student Stores has generated more than $35,000 for a variety of local charities. The next “Cool Tee for a Cause” will come out in late August and will benefit pediatric cancer awareness. According to Dowdy merchandise manager John Palmer, it will be a gold T-shirt, perfect for the Paint it Gold football game.
ECU’s bookstore is a self-operated, university-run store. It receives no state funding. Instead, the campus bookstore maintains its services through sales. Profits are then directed back to campus through scholarship contributions and a variety of other donations to campus projects.
Attending the check presentation (left to right) were ECU Dowdy Student Stores apparel and merchandise manager John Palmer, ALS Association North Carolina Chapter board chair Mark Anthony, Down East Walk to Defeat ALS committee member Michael Cotter, ALS Association North Carolina chapter president & CEO Jerry Dawson, ECU Dowdy Student Stores associate director Bob Walker, ECU Dowdy Student Stores director Bryan Tuten, Perfect Promotions vice president of sales Stephen McFadden and ECU baseball coach Cliff Godwin.
Dowdy Student Stores: Bryan Tuten, Director, (252) 328-6731 and Leslie Craigle, Marketing Director, (252) 737-1310