Jerry Dawson, president of the ALS Association NC chapter, accepts the check from Sara Thorndike, ECU vice chancellor for Administration & Finance. The money was raised from sales of t-shirts like the ones held by Stephen McFadden, Perfect Promotions VP of Sales, and John Palmer, Dowdy merchandise manager. Also pictured are (from left, back row) Bob Walker, associate store director; Michael Cotter, ALS committee member; Bryan Tuten, Dowdy Stores director; and Cliff Godwin, ECU baseball coach.
ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check Tuesday for $5250 to the ALS Association North Carolina Chapter. The check presentation was held at Clark-LeClair stadium and featured representatives from the ALS Association, Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions and ECU Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin.
The money was raised through sales of “Strike Out ALS” t-shirts at Dowdy Student Stores and their souvenir booth at Clark-LeClair Stadium during baseball season including the regional championship. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions and More of Apex.
Chapter President Jerry Dawson was on hand to accept the check on behalf of the ALS Association. “We are grateful to Dowdy Student Stores, Perfect Promotions & More, East Carolina University, and everyone who purchased t-shirts to fight ALS this spring,” said Dawson. “With their continued commitment to defeat ALS and to honor Coach LeClair, we are getting closer every day to creating a world without ALS.”
Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten was pleased the Pirate Nation fan base was so supportive of the shirts. “I’m always thrilled at the support that Pirate fans show for these cause-related t-shirts,” said Tuten. “I know the proceeds from this ALS support shirt will go a long way to help local patients and their families, and knowing it stays locally makes it even more special.”
Bryan Tuten, director of Dowdy Student Store, signs the $5,250 prior to the presentation.
The university-operated bookstores also sell fund-raising t-shirts for military services, veteran student services and pediatric cancer awareness, in addition to the store’s student scholarship contributions made annually.
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 a 2010 ECU alumnus, McFadden enjoys partnering with the store on projects like this that give back to the local community. McFadden has worked with Dowdy since 2008 helping produce over 100 officially licensed ECU items to date, but says his favorite pieces have always been the t-shirts for a cause.
“It’s refreshing to be able to work with a client on supporting local charities and organizations through financial support and raising awareness of their groups,”McFadden said. “This year will be our 5th year partnering with the Dowdy store on these t-shirts that have helped raise more than $75,000 in donations to 15 organizations. I’m excited to see what the future brings for this program, and what other programs we can inspire throughout the community.”
The next “cause shirt” will come out in late August and will benefit pediatric cancer awareness. According to Dowdy merchandise manager John Palmer, similar to past years it will feature the #GoGold tag and will be perfect for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September, and the Paint it Gold football game on September 29.
East Carolina’s bookstore is a self-operated, university-run store. They receive no state funding. Instead, the campus bookstore maintains its services through their sales. Profits are then directed back to the university community through scholarship contributions and other donations to campus projects.