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Virginia Tech blackout game shirt sales to help make kids' wishes come true

Virginia Tech blackout game shirt sales to help make kids' wishes come true

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The Perfect Storm arrives on Black Friday at Lane Stadium. Tim Kelley, Virginia Tech alumnus, and owner of We Believe Designs along with his wife, Laura, have coordinated an effort with Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia to Blackout Lane Stadium on Black Friday, Nov. 28, when the Hokies face off against the Cavaliers.

Fans are asked to show their support by filling the 66,000 seats wearing a Perfect Storm shirt or sweatshirt. For every shirt or sweatshirt purchased from any retail store or partner organization, $1 is donated to Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia. The goal is a $66,000 donation that will result in helping grant multiple wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“We would love to present Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia with a check for $66,000,” said Laura Kelley.

Several organizations are joining the cause. The initial retailers are Alumni Hall and BookHolders, who are offering the Blackout shirts both in their stores and online. Also working to promote the blackout event are the chapter of Chi Omega Sorority at Virginia Tech and the Make-A-Wish Team at Virginia Tech.

“If every fan attending the game participates, multiple kids and their families could be blessed," Tim Kelley said. "Imagine the power in the message when the stadium is blacked out in honor of Make-A-Wish kids. In addition, a national television audience is sure to help bring even more attention to these great kids” said Tim Kelley.

The official website for the event is www.hokiesblackout.com.

Submitted by Tim Kelley

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