Buy Local RI T-Shirt Helps Support Rhode Island Hospitality Employee Relief Fund
Twenty-five percent of all sales from the shirt through Frog and Toad gift store will be donated to this relief fund.
Pre-order the special, limited-run Buy Local RI T-shirt and wear you heart on your chest in the form of a Rhode Island Red rooster that proudly shows support for local businesses, artists and hospitality through donating to the Rhode Island Hospitality Employee Relief Fund.
Twenty-five percent of all sales from the shirt through Frog and Toad gift store will be donated to this relief fund that was started by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association to provide financial assistance to workers in the food-service, lodging and tourism industries that have been hit so hard over the past year and are still struggling. The Buy Local RI project is a collaboration between Frog and Toad and the Providence Warwick Convention ad Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) and Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA). The Rhode Island Foundation started the Buy Local RI initiative, and rebooted it during the onset of COVID-19.
“We’re grateful that our partners chose to support the RI Hospitality Employee Relief Fund through this campaign,” says Dale Venturini, RIHA president and CEO. “As public places of accommodation, the hospitality industry was the first to be shut down by executive orders resulting in thousands of unemployment claims. There are five generations working in our industry struggling to provide for themselves and their families due to wages lost from reduced hours and complete closures over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Every $22 shirt is individually screen printed and made of a super soft and comfy cotton/poly blend. The printing of the shirts came after an increased demand for them. Three different designs will be released over the next several weeks with two additional shirts featuring the Buy Local RI logo with artwork by two local artists, Maret Bondorew and Michael Ezzell. The availability of the two new designs will be announced in April.
“So many folks in the hospitality industry have suffered this past year that it’s only right we do what we can to lend a hand,” says Frog and Toad co-owner Asher Schofield. “We’re Rhode Islanders. We look out for one another.”