Redmen Shirts for Sale Saturday
The group that is using the shirts to fundraise for a slain classmate can't sell the shirts at the upcoming "Goodbye Gala," but there are several opportunities to purchase them elsewhere.
Natick's Class of 1985 is selling Redmen t-shirts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, June 9, at B&K Sales LLC, 32 Washington St.
The shirts, designed, produced and sold for $15 each by classmates of the 1985 Natick High class, were designed to raise money for the Stacey Keane Burns Children's Education Fund. Burns was a classmate who was murdered in Wolfeboro, NH, on Mother's Day 2009.
David Jacobson, a member of the Class of 1985 who is involved in the fundraising effort, said in an email that the group's request to sell the shirts during Natick's Goodbye Gala on June 16 was denied.
"This would have been the perfect opportunity for us to have raised money for the Burns Childrens Education Fund by selling these shirts," Jacobson wrote. "Unfortunately for us, and the Burns children, we were denied to be able to participate in both the day and evening events. We were even denied being able to sell them outside on the school grounds."
Jacobson stressed, however, that the group does not fault Goodbye Gala chairwoman Judy D'Antonio, who "is a wonderful citizen of Natick who has given so much of her time throughout the years to various Natick organizations and activities."
"The reason given...was that they had to deny permission to us because they had denied permission to two other fund raising groups, and therefore they also had to deny us in order to be fair," Jacobson said. "She also commended us for our efforts and had asked where she could buy one for herself. We appreciate her kindness and support."
As of May 31, the group has raised more than $925 from t-shirt sales; this has come from a $5 donation from each shirt, and additional anonymous donations.