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SOURCE Tri-State Sign Association
OWASSO, Okla., Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A high school marching band from Moore, Oklahoma, the town devastated by powerful tornadoes last May, is back on the football field and getting to competitions in style, thanks to help from the Tri-State Sign Association (TSSA) and its members: GSG, a distributor in the graphics industries, 3M, and local sign companies 247 Grafix and Insignia Signs.
The equipment trailer for the Southmoore High School marching band was one of the lesser casualties when tornadoes struck Moore on May 20 of this year. But in the world of marching bands, a large trailer fully wrapped with the school colors sitting in the parking lot during games and competitions is an enormous source of pride. And now the Southmoore Band was without their flagship.
A local dealer stepped up and generously donated a used trailer. But it was orange and black -- not Southmoore colors -- and estimates to decorate the trailer with the band's graphics were $10,000. The parents of many band members were dealing with more urgent issues and unable to offer financial assistance; approximately 20 band families lost their homes in the storm.
Eventually, the school contacted the Tri-State Sign Association and the organization's board of directors decided to help. They solicited 3M to donate the materials. Then, after a call from TSSA, Chris Daugherty from GSG printed the job at the company's Oklahoma City location. And 247 Grafix in Oklahoma City provided the wrap installation at a discounted price, paid for by the TSSA. Moore residents Bret and Cristel Van Tuyle of Insignia Signs in Oklahoma City helped coordinate the project.
According to Adam Mewhorter, Director of Bands for Southmoore High School, "I've never seen an organization so generous with their time and resources as the Tri-State Sign Association. The trailer that TSSA and the other graphics companies delivered for Southmoore was a really strong image. It makes the kids in the band proud. Just about everywhere we go we get comments from people about the trailer decoration and how professional and classy it looks." Mewhorter added, "With everything else we had to deal with after the storms last spring there was absolutely no chance we would have been able to make this happen without TSSA. We can't thank them enough."
The Owasso, Oklahoma based Tri-State Sign Association is devoted to advancing the sign industry in Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.tristatesign.org, phone 918.272.2192, or write the organization at P.O. Box 2009, Owasso, OK 74055-8809.
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