Hurricane Sandy Relief Shirt
Superstorm Sandy dealt a devastating blow to the Northeast, especially to the fishing and boating industry. BoatUS called Sandy the single-largest marine industry loss since the organization began keeping track in 1966. It’s estimated that damage to recreational boats totals more than $650 million.
When this natural disaster hit, BD wanted to do something to help out our readers and community members who live in the Northeast recover, but we weren’t sure what we could do.
That’s when our friend Joe Cermele stepped in. Joe is the fishing editor at Field & Stream and a New Jersey native. Joe contacted BD with a great idea. Call it serendipity, but the timing was perfect. Joe proposed that BD work together with a New Jersey artist to create a fishing shirt to raise proceeds for Restore Our Shore, a nonprofit organization working to rebuild the Jersey Shore.
“I remember hearing stories from my grandfather about storms in the 50s and 60s where the bay met the ocean across the barrier islands of New Jersey,” Joe said. “I never could really get my head around the idea, and I never thought I’d actually see it in my lifetime.”
“In 24 hours, at the beginning of what was shaping up to be a killer fall striper run, Sandy destroyed almost every tackle shop, dive bar, and marina that were like second homes to me. None of us were prepared for something so devastating,” Joe said.
Joe’s idea was to create a special shirt, with a design that any East Coast angler can relate to. The “Rebuild and Fish” shirt was conceived and drawn up by New Jersey-based artist Skullboy. It features a striped bass within a bleeding heart in Skullboy’s unique style. The message is simple and clear: Rebuild and Fish.
If you’re an angler, here’s your chance to help raise funds for Sandy relief and rock a sick shirt in the process. The shirts are only $19.95 and also make great Christmas gifts! Get a few and give them out for the holidays. It’s time to help your fellow anglers in need.
To get your shirt, go to www.bdswag.com.