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Wild Fire Tees design new shirt to raise money for Sandy victims

By Jaclyn Rostie, Reporter, j.rostie@krdo.com
Published On: Nov 25 2012 10:51:24 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2012 11:49:30 PM CST

New Design Goes On Sale Monday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Hundreds of thousands of dollars poured into the Wild Fire Tees fundraiser.  Now those behind the shirts are starting a new fundraiser for Superstorm Sandy victims.

"We had orders from all over the country, all over the world," said Tucker Wannamaker.

But it was one special buyer from New York that sparked their new idea.

"We got a call from a Chris in NYC.  He had bought a Wild Fire Tee and wanted to know if we were going to do anything with Sandy relief.  That got things stirred up a little for us," he said.

Wannamaker said the global support was so overwhelming, they decided they wanted to reciprocate.

So, like the Wild Fire Tees, they came up with a design they hope will be popular with the masses and raise a lot of money.

"We want to help very local, very specific things out there.  We will do that through community foundations in the East Coast area," said Wannamaker.

Their Wild Fire Tees raised $300,000 for wildfire relief efforts. Wannamaker said that money was given to the Red Cross, Care & Share, NOCO Rebuilding, Colorado Springs Together, the Governor's Wildfire Relief Fund and to Ute Elementary School to rebuild a playground destroyed by mudslides following the fire.

They unveiled the new Sandy shirt design exclusively to KRDO News Channel 13 on Sunday.

The shirts go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. online at Wild Fire Tees website. They will also be featured at a special fundraiser in New York City on Wednesday.

The team said they also have extra Wild Fire Tees left.  Those shirts will also be available on Monday.  In addition to those, they have designed a Wild Fire Hoodie.  It will also be available on Monday.

Wannamaker adds that unlike the original sales, shipping will be much faster because they already have the shirts printed and ready to go.

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