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OIA student designs T-shirt for GRADD fundraiser, proceeds going toward tornado relief

January 16, 2022 | 12:07 am

Updated January 16, 2022 | 12:32 am

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The Green River Area Development District’s has begun their annual “Stand Against Child Abuse” campaign. A T-shirt fundraiser is also underway, and this year the image on the shirt was designed by Owensboro Innovation Academy freshman Maddie Blay.

Blay and her classmates were challenged to come up with a design in Amber Dennis’ Graphic Design class at OIA. T-shirts will be available online here for $10 for all sizes and are available for purchase until March 18. Shirts will be available for pick up at the GRADD office the week of March 28.

The T-shirt fundraiser is typically GRADD’s primary fundraiser campaign against child abuse. However, this year 100% of the proceeds will benefit tornado relief efforts, according to Kristy James, Program Directory for GRADD Community Collaboration for Children.

“The community has been such a big support to us. The event (later this year promoting awareness of child abuse) is able to be free to the community due to collaboration and what people bring to the table,” James said. “… So we wanted to be able to use this year to give back to tornado relief. So we’re really excited to be able to do that with the t-shirt sales.”

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James said although they are in the planning stages of the annual event, they are excited to return back to their traditional format. Last year they held a drive-thru event, the year before they were unable to put it on altogether. This year James is excited to move back to Kentucky Wesleyan College’s front lawn.

They are still mapping out the details and other attractions that they want to have at the April 22 event, but James said more information will come as they get closer to the event.

January 16, 2022 | 12:07 am

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