ECU Student Veteran Services Benefits from T-shirt Sales on Campus

several people standing outside holding a huge check

ECU’s Student Veteran Services textbook lending library for military veteran students will be able to add several new books, thanks to a $1,750 donation from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions & More. The money was raised through sales of a t-shirt honoring the military that was sold this summer. Pictured from left are: Bob Walker, associate director of Dowdy Student Store; Bryan Tuten, Dowdy store director; Stephen McFadden, vice president of Sales at Perfect Promotions; Keith Tingley, senior associate director for Student Engagement; Nicole Jablonski, assistant director of Student Veteran Services; Mary Beth Corbin, executive director of the Office of Student Transitions; and Sara Thorndike, vice chancellor for Administration and Finance.

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on Tuesday, Sept. 25, for $1750 to ECU Student Veteran Services.

The money was raised through sales of veteran support t-shirts at Dowdy Student Stores, Memorial Day through July 4. A portion of the sale of each shirt was donated by both Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions and More of Apex.

ECU Student Veteran Services is a division of the Office of Student Transitions and provides services for veterans entering ECU. According to Nicole Jablonski, Student Transitions assistant director, the funds will be used to expand the textbook lending library that the department has set up for military veteran students.

The university-operated bookstores also sell fund-raising t-shirts for cancer, ALS, and autism support, in addition to the store’s student scholarship contributions made annually.

Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden is 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.

Dowdy currently has a Go Gold “cause shirt” benefitting pediatric cancer awareness. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month as well as 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.


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