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Custom T-shirt

A custom T-shirt inspired by Nebraska and designed by Columbus residents that is available for purchase in town. Proceeds will benefit flood victims.

A custom-designed T-shirt created in Columbus that honors and supports Nebraska has become highly coveted by many people in recent weeks.

The gray shirt, designed by numerous organizers of this weekend’s “Benefit for Local Flood Victims,” pays homage to the Husker state in several different ways. It features a big red signature N sandwiched between the words “Born" and "Raised," the latter of which is wrapped in a heart to signify the state being the heartland of America. “Nebraska” is proudly on display at the top in red bold lettering, while the state’s latest tourism slogan, “Honestly, it’s not for everyone,” is featured below it all.

The shirts are being sold for $15-$20 apiece depending on size at several local businesses in town. Cork & Barrel, Sahara Lounge, Bo’s West and Special Tee are still selling them. Like the benefit on Saturday, all of the proceeds from them will go to floodreliefne.org to help area flood victims.

“We are selling so many. We sold over 600 shirts and some places are calling us, even from Arizona (thanks to former Columbus resident Sara Kaup who now lives in Arizona), to ship them,” said Tiffany Cech, who with Lisa Ternus helped spearhead the shirt design. “The shirts are really cool – they have meaning to them.”

Dozens of local residents and businesses have been collaborating for the last month in organizing Saturday’s benefit, which will take place from 11 a.m.-midnight at Platte County Ag Park, 822 15th St. in Columbus. It will feature loads of live entertainment, good food, drinks, numerous auction items, games and more (See the previously published story on the benefit on columbustelegram.com).

Volunteers of all ages and different backgrounds have stepped up to help in some form or fashion with the benefit, including those from all three Columbus-based high schools. Cech said Lakeview High School sophomore Carli Schneider, who she knew through her son who also attends LHS, has been a major help.

“She went above and beyond,” Cech said. “She even is putting a slide show together that will show all of the effects of this tragedy that hit so many … She organized a sign-up sheet for volunteers and sold shirts at her school to help.”

Schneider, who is also involved with Lakeview’s Future Farmers of America program, said she just wanted to pitch in to help so many who were directly affected by the flood.

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“It means a lot because this was really a tragic thing that happened here in Nebraska,” she said.

The T-shirts, which range in size from small to 3X, will be available for purchase Saturday during the benefit. They cost $20 apiece for adults and $15 for kids. Special earrings and koozies will also be sold for $10 and $3, respectively.

Additionally, attendees should look out for special headbands from Bondiband that Elain Zoucha will be selling on site. The Nebraska-inspired design was crafted specifically for the benefit, and like the other items, will see all of the profits go to helping flood victims.

The public is encouraged to attend the benefit. Admission at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free to those 3 and under.

“I hope it turns out really good,” Schneider said. “There will be a lot of activities and food.”

For updates, visit the “Benefit for Local Flood Victims” Facebook page.

Matt Lindberg is the managing editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at matt.lindberg@lee.net.

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Matt Lindberg is an award-winning journalist and graduate of the University of Kansas.

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