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Sara Riddle

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For over six years, we’ve been collecting customer stories in our Ink of the Week contest. Throughout the years, we’ve heard from some truly amazing customers about how their CustomInk orders helped to unite their community and take their event to the next level. To show you some of the communities we’ve touched, we’ve compiled a handful of stories that caught our eye this past month.

 

turtleOff Like a Herd of Turtles

With their recent reorder, this group of family and friends honored Mike Kipila at a recent American Cancer Society event for prostate cancer called Run for Dad. When this customer lost her dad, Mike, in 2013, she made it her mission to find a cure for prostate cancer and help save the lives of others. Mike was an avid biker and road captain of his motorcycle club, and when he’d look back to his lineup of riders with their helmets on, he’d say “We’re off like a Herd of Turtles.” It’s from this that the team name was born.

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4th_of_July_ReunionA Louisiana Reunion

Years after Hurricane Katrina displaced many of the residents living in Meraux, Louisiana, this group came together to plan a neighborhood reunion for friends to revisit their roots and catch up with each other. To commemorate the first official reunion, an order of over 250 shirts was organized with the Group Order Form and all the shirts were distributed along Walkers Lane the weekend of July 4th.

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Smile_2Bright Future for First Graders

With the end of 1st grade coming to a close, Alexis decided to surprise her class with custom tie-dye t-shirts. Throughout the year, there was a yellow sun with sunglasses that hung in the classroom to remind the class to work hard, be happy, and have fun, so it was only fitting that she get a smiley face sun with shades printed on the shirts with the phrase, “My future is so bright I have to wear shades!”

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BAA_3Burtonsville Wresting Camp

For 20+ years Christy and her husband have been running the Burtonsville Athletic Association Youth Wresting Camp for young boys in the community. “With no air conditioning in the high school, it was a long, hot week for campers and counselors,” but at the end of it all, they celebrated their hard work with custom t-shirts!

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Purple_Stride_Team_With_Luck_from_Chuck_2015Luck from Chuck – A WINNER!

This charity customer’s 2011 New Year’s resolution was to become a runner. With the help of her first running coach, Chuck, she was able to achieve that goal her first year – running three 5ks. Also occurring that first year was some devastating news of Chuck’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Although he soon passed away, to this day she has Chuck to thank for getting her on her feet and helping achieve her goal. She now coaches others through the No Boundaries program and participates in pancreatic cancer run/walks in memory of her dear friend.

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DSC_9119Farewell to a Dynasty

At the end of the year, Cesar Tarrant Elementary School will be closed for good, and the teachers and staff will be going off to different locations. Using our Group Order Form, this group decided to order shirts to commemorate the end of the year. “Though we will be going off to various locations, our shirts will always remind us of the family that we are and always will be.”

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“The Grenada Mission Circle of Caring” and “Viola Section of Artosphere” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

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During the week of June 14-20, 2015 the “Grenada Grenades” (5 dentists, 13 dental students, 4 dental hygiene students, and 6 support staff) from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, provided free dental care to over 650 patients on the island of Grenada. This was their way of giving back to a country in desperate need of dental care.

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These repeat festival goers ordered shirts again for their viola section to wear at an esteemed arts festival they attend in Arkansas every year. This year they were very creative with designing the back of the t-shirt, which says, “You scratch my Bratsche, I’ll scratch yours.” Bratsche means viola in German! Can’t wait to see what they design next year!

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Team Big Hero Michael” and “My Family with me After the Fight” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

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Team Big Hero Michael gathered together for this photo op at the Race for Hope in DC. Friends and family of 6-year-old Michael, who is battling a brain stem tumor, were recognized as the #1 team at the event with over 240 team members! To show their love and support, they ordered custom tees in Michael’s favorite color – bright yellow.

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Family and friends of “Henry Monster” are pictured here during a night of Muay Thai fights, an event held to raise money for a local charity that helps families of children with cancer. Henry lost his battle with Leukemia last year, but his spirit lives on through his amazing family and friends. With an order of more than 100 “All He Knew Was Love” t-shirts, Henry’s family was able to sell shirts and donate all the proceeds to charity.

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You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Cast” and “In Memory of Scott Team” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

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The Faith West Academy cast of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” took a break during their final rehearsal to happily show off their new cast shirts to the camera. While the show had already created lasting friendships, the custom shirts added even more to the experience by creating special memories to last a lifetime.

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During the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Out of Darkness Overnight Walk in Dallas, family and friends of Scott Todd gathered together to show off their group t-shirts. Following the ceremony, the group walked a total of 16.8 miles to bring light and awareness to suicide and mental illness. We admire your dedication to the cause!

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The Price Was Definitely Right!” and “Letting Them Fly!!!” are the winners of this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

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The price was definitely right for this gal and her friends! This customer incorporated all of the past and present stars of the hit show, The Price is Right, into a custom t-shirt design to wear during her birthday trip to a taping. The shirts were such a hit that they scored the group second row seats!

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The non-profit CYA Track program keeps youth active and introduces them to all aspects of track and field through a variety of practices and meets. Last week, the program held its first track meet of 2015. Here, a few of the 720 kids that participated can be seen competiting in the Turbo Javelin event!

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