Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fundraiser and Community Builder

From both mentoring/tutoring and college/community partnerships, Tulsa University's True Blue Neighbors program is an adaptable model. 

This is a recent addition--a benefit shirt which unites the community. How can you adapt this concept for your area? 

See a promotional video, True Blue Neighbor Bum.

True Blue Neighbor Shirt Project

It's a story of inspiration and perspiration. First, the inspiration came from Notre Dame's hugely successful Shirt project. A TU student who grew up in South Bend suggested that TU create a similar benefit shirt that would buy materials and supplies for True Blue Neighbors outreach projects to the community. We also established a TU student emergency fund, and tagged 20% of all shirt sale proceeds to go to this fund. The perspiration began and continued on many fronts. Mazzio's Italian Eatery generously agreed to sponsor a design competition in the spring of 2010 which was won by Meghan Gideo, a TU alumna. With additional help from a TU student, Luca Cavallaro, we had a great design and TU's Student Association made the TrueBlue shirt TU's official student spirit shirt for the year. Chuck Blankenship and Nancy Shelton helped us get an online store set up, so when our first shirts came off the presses in August, we were able to sell them in person at home football and basketball games as well as online to friends and fans from around the country.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Go to the Shirt website to learn more and order yours    today! Please click    
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