#VegasStrong shirts raise funds for Las Vegas victims

Sunday, 08 October 2017, 07:51:58 AM. The heartfelt outpouring of local pride that many Las Vegans have expressed this in the past week has become tangible, becoming even easier to display, thanks to a series of high-profile T-shirts d…

The heartfelt outpouring of local pride Las Vegans expressed this past week has become tangible, thanks to a series of high-profile T-shirts designed to raise money for the victims of the Oct. 1 shootings.

Renowned artist Shepard Fairey, DJ Steve Aoki, the UFC and MGM Resorts have already released shirts, many bearing the skyline and “Vegas Strong” slogan.

Fairey, who has painted several murals in downtown Las Vegas, created two graphics — “Neon Fist” and “Shine On” — invoking the city’s famed neon lights and signs in partnership with Red Rock Resorts Foundation.

“My studio quickly banded together with some leaders in the Las Vegas community to create powerful visual messages of unity to depict the strength and resilience of this community,” Fairey said in a statement. “I’m proud that my team and I could help to contribute something that can give us all a message of hope in this dark time.”

The shirts, available at VegasStrong.co, cost $25. One hundred percent of the profits will be donated to local organizations in support of those affected by the shootings.

Aoki designs long-sleeve T-shirt

Aoki, a regular headliner on the Strip, has designed a long-sleeve T-shirt featuring a sketch of a heart with Las Vegas scrawled across it on the chest and the logos for Vision Street Wear, which he co-owns, on the sleeves. The shirts cost $50 and can be purchased at dimmakcollection.com.

Net proceeds will go to the victim’s fund established by Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak, which had raised more than $10 million by Saturday afternoon.

Golden Knights shirts

The Vegas Golden Knights also are selling “Vegas Strong” shirts. The NHL team, in a tweet, says “sales will be donated for victims’ families & first responders moving forward.”

The team says shirts will be sold at the vegasteamstore.com, the NHL Shop Zone, The Armory store at T-Mobile Arena on the Strip and The Arsenal store at City National Arena in Downtown Summerlin.

The team won its inaugural game Friday and will play its home opener against Arizona on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.

UFC selling special shirts

UFC president Dana White and commentator Joe Rogan wore special T-shirts to Friday’s weigh-ins for UFC 216. Those shirts, available in white and black and bearing the words “Vegas Strong,” a heart and the UFC logo, are available at UFCstore.com and all venue retail locations.

The shirts cost $24.99, and 100 percent of the profits will be donated to support the families of victims and those affected by the tragedy.

NASCAR drivers team up with Zappos

NASCAR drivers Spencer Gallagher, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Brendan Gaughan and Noah Gragson and pit road reporter Jamie Little also created a #VegasStrong T-shirt and stickers in partnership with Zappos.

Available at DriversForVegas.com, the site also states that Zappos will match 100 percent of the donations made up to $1 million, with all profits going to the Support Las Vegas campaign benefitting the Direct Impact Fund.

GMS Racing founder Maury Gallagher also agreed to match the total raised up to $1 million.

“As a group of racers from Las Vegas, we wanted to find a way for ourselves, along with our race fans, to help the victims and families of this unthinkable act,” Kyle Busch said.

MGM goes with Vegas Strong shirts

And MGM Resorts, which owns Mandalay Bay as well as the site of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, is selling Vegas Strong T-shirts with the “O” replaced by a heart containing the MGM lion logo, as well as photos of several MGM properties, including Mandalay Bay.

The shirts are being sold at Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, Luxor and New York-New York, and soon will be available at the rest of the MGM Resorts properties. They cost $20, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the MGM Resorts Foundation to support first responders, the victims and their families.

MGM Resorts representatives did not respond to multiple requests for more information about the shirts, including their cost or where they could be purchased.

A rack of shirts was spotted Friday on the New York-New York casino floor beside a sign that read, “We’ve been there for you during the good times. Thank you for being there for us now.” According to the sign, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the MGM Resorts Foundation to support first responders, the victims and their families.

Contact Christopher Lawrence at clawrence@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4567. Follow @life_onthecouch on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Ron Kantowski contributed to this report.

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