Eskimo Joe’s & OSU SGA give $73,000 to Stillwater Medical Center
STILLWATER, Okla. — Representatives from the Oklahoma State Student Government Association and Eskimo Joe’s presented Stillwater Medical Center with a check for $73,000. The money was donated for the #StillwaterStrong campaign.
The official #StillwaterStrong T-shirt was designed and printed by Eskimo Joe’s after the tragedy at the Oklahoma State University Homecoming parade. The shirts have been sold for the last month and a half; more than 9,000 shirts have been sold.
“It’s extremely heartwarming to be a part of something like this,” said Scott Petty, executive director of the SMC Foundation. “This has had such a broad impact on a group of people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s really great that Eskimo Joe’s and the SGA partnered up because this donation is the single largest donation we’ve received to date.”
SGA Senator Jacquelyn Lane worked with the OSU Foundation, the OSU Alumni Association and the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, as well as SMC and Eskimo Joe’s, to create the shirts and begin the campaign selling them.
“It’s hard for college students to write a check, but students love T-shirts, and they love a good cause,” Lane said. “Using the donations from all these offices and associations helped allow us to sell the shirts and donate 100 percent of the sales to the #StillwaterStrong fund. It became so much bigger than I could have anticipated. We started ordering more shirts by the thousands as they were selling so quickly.”
To date, the #StillwaterStrong campaign has raised more than $366,000. Because of all the donations, SMC recently announced it will not charge the victims for the treatments they received.