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T-Shirt Sales Benefit Aces for Autism

Aces for Autism check presentation

ECU Dowdy Student Stores present a check for $2,250 to Aces for Autism at Minges Coliseum May 21. Pictured from left are: Kevin Carraway, Stephen McFadden, Bryan Tuten, Kyle Robinson, Margaret Turner, Brian Overton, John Palmer, and Bob Walker.

GREENVILLE – ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on May 21 for $2,250 to Aces for Autism, a not for profit treatment and educational center in Greenville. The center provides doctor prescribed therapies to help individuals with autism reach their full potential.

The money was raised through sales of Aces for Autism Pirate basketball t-shirts at Dowdy Student Store, the Health Sciences Bookstore, and Minges Coliseum during basketball season. The ECU Pirate basketball team has been very involved in raising awareness of Aces for Autism programs.

“We are so grateful for this contribution,” said Kyle Robinson, board president of Aces for Autism. “We provide financial assistance to help with treatment for about 30 families right now, and this money will help support that effort.”

Clients of the program range from 16 months to 14 years of age, Robinson said. 

Presenting the check were Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten, Associate Store Director Bob Walker, Merchandise Manager John Palmer, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services Kevin Carraway, and Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden, who is an ECU alumnus. On hand to receive the check were Kyle Robinson, ECU basketball operations and Aces for Autism board president, Margaret Turner, Aces for Autism board treasurer, and Brian Overton, ECU director of player development. 

Dowdy Student Stores are the University owned and operated bookstores and sell shirts benefitting a variety of causes throughout the school year. Past recipients have included organizations supporting childhood cancer, breast cancer, ALS, and campus military programs. 

“I’m extremely grateful that our customers and Pirate Nation continue to step up and support these causes by buying these t-shirts that support such worthy local causes,” Tuten said.

SALE OF ECU T-SHIRTS BENEFITS LOCAL PEDIATRIC CANCER PROGRAMS

#GoGold t-shirts were sold this fall through ECU Dowdy Student Stores as a fund-raising effort for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Camp Rainbow and Riley’s Army both offer services for pediatric cancer patients in Eastern North Carolina and were the beneficiaries of the t-shirt sale.

Bryan Tuten, left, director of Dowdy Student Store, presents a check for $2,788 to Jacque Sauls, director of Rainbow Services/Child Life.

Bryan Tuten, left, director of Dowdy Student Store, presents a check for $2,788 to Jacque Sauls, director of Rainbow Services/Child Life. Perfect Promotions Vice President Stephen McFadden, far right, holds a the t-shirt. Also pictured are Pediatric/Hematology/Oncology staff members and Dowdy officials.

As part of the series of “Cool Tees for a Cause” t-shirts, four dollars from each shirt sold was split between the two organizations. Checks for $2788 were presented on Nov. 13 to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Brody School of Medicine for its Camp Rainbow program and to Riley’s Army, a local childhood cancer support agency.

Board members, physicians, staff and volunteers from each organization were present, along with Dowdy Store Director Bryan Tuten, Associate Director Bob Walker, Merchandise Manager John Palmer, Health Sciences Bookstore Manager Shannon Tillett, and Vice President of Sales for Perfect Promotions Stephen McFadden.

The mission of Riley’s Army is to provide support to children with cancer and their families in Eastern North Carolina. Camp Rainbow is a summer camping experience for children with cancer or hemophilia and their siblings, and is one of the Rainbow Services programs managed by the ECU Brody School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Hematology and Oncology.

Riley's Army also received a $2788 donation from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions. Upon learning that it costs about $1000 to send a child to Camp Rainbow, Stephen McFadden, far right, Perfect Promotions vice president, said he would increase his donation to bring the total of both checks to $3000 in order to guarantee an additional child's camp tuition.

Riley’s Army also received a $2788 donation from Dowdy Student Stores and Perfect Promotions. Upon learning that it costs about $1000 to send a child to Camp Rainbow, Stephen McFadden, far right, Perfect Promotions vice president, said he would increase his donation to bring the total of both checks to $3000 in order to guarantee an additional child’s camp tuition.

Through the support of its shoppers, Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions and More, are pleased to be able to make sizable contributions to these local charities from the sale of these t-shirts. Perfect Promotions Vice President Stephen McFadden is an ECU alumnus and enjoys working with Dowdy on projects such as this one.

With this presentation, the “cool tees” program has raised over $40,000 for a variety of local charitable organizations.

Dowdy t-shirt sales raise $5200 for ALS

ALS check presentation

Attending the check presentation shown in photo left to right were: Dowdy Student Stores Apparel & 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; Dowdy Student Stores Associate Director, Bob Walker; Dowdy Student Stores Director, Bryan Tuten; Perfect Promotions Vice President of Sales Stephen McFadden; ECU Pirate Baseball Coach Cliff Godwin.

 

ECU Dowdy Student Stores and their vendor, Perfect Promotions & More of Apex, presented a check on Aug. 16 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 ECU Dowdy Student Stores on campus and their 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 and More of Apex, NC.

Dowdy Student Stores Director Bryan Tuten was very pleased 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 bookstores 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 like this that give back to the local community.

Over the past three years, the collaboration between Perfect Promotions and Dowdy Student Stores has generated over $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.

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 campus through scholarship contributions and a variety of other donations to campus projects.