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Ink of the Week Winner

“Dogs are Miracles with Paws – RUSVM’s Josh Project” wins this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

“RUSVM’s Josh Project (stemming from the national organization, Josh and Friends), reaches out to the sick and hospitalized children on the island of St. Kitts. We aim to ease pain, calm fears, and help with their overall healing process by utilizing the unique and powerful human-animal bond. One way we carry out our mission is through hospital donation visits, in which each child gets a stuffed puppy dog named Josh, and a book that we read with them called “I’ll Be O.K.”. We are able to carry out our mission because of our many fundraisers. This picture was taken at our most recent fundraiser, on May 24, 2014: Woof for Wellness. Woof for Wellness was a health & fitness retreat that benefited the children and animals in our community! Our classes (yoga, dance, aerobics and more) looked out over the beautiful Caribbean Sea with a view of our sister island, Nevis. This picture shows some of our Josh Project volunteers wearing their CustomInk tees! We’ve been ordering these tees for our active members since RUSVM’s Josh Project began in 2010!”

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More than 70,000 votes were cast over the 3-week tournament, and in the end, the last t-shirt standing was the Superman logo.

It wasn’t an upset of epic proportions, but it was an upset nonetheless, as the Superman t-shirt beat out #1 seed “I HEART NY” with more than 60 percent of the vote.

To view the entire 32 t-shirt bracket and see results of each matchup, click on the image below.

Iconic T-shirts Tourney

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Customink Reno Opening 2014 Marc Katz, President of CustomInk addresses 250 Inkers at the opening of the new Reno location.

CUSTOMINK CONTINUES TO GROW; ADDS SECOND LOCATION IN RENO

Creates Up to 300 New Jobs With New Facility

Fairfax, VA – February 10, 2014

CustomInk, the “design online” custom t-shirt company for groups and occasions, announced today it is opening a new 58,000 square foot facility at 9390 Gateway Drive in Reno, Nevada. This is CustomInk’s second facility in Reno since it came to the area in March 2012. Operations at the new location will include sales service and other customer care activities. The company currently employs 320 team members in Reno and expects to generate nearly 300 new jobs in Reno within the next five years.

The new facility will enhance CustomInk’s presence in the western U.S. and help the company provide the highest level of customer care by delivering custom t-shirts quickly, efficiently and on time. Since its founding in 2000, CustomInk has grown to be a leader in the $5 billion custom apparel market, exceeding $170 million in annual revenue in 2013. CustomInk has sold more than 50 million shirts, and employs nearly 1,000 people nationwide.

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WASHINGTON & TYSONS CORNER, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Revolution Growth fund today announced a $40 million investment in CustomInk, the web-based, market-leading custom shirts company for groups and occasions. The investment will support CustomInk’s rapid expansion and new growth initiatives as it approaches $200 million in annual revenues, with year over year growth of 50 percent. As part of the transaction, Ted Leonsis, co-founder of Revolution Growth, will join CustomInk’s board of directors.

“The company has already experienced tremendous growth, and we look forward to using our own experience building consumer brands to help the company strategically accelerate that growth.”

“CustomInk sits at a sweet spot of community, creativity, social commerce, and technology. They are revolutionizing their category by combining these elements with a deep dedication to the needs of their customers,” said Ted Leonsis, co-founder of Revolution Growth. “The company has already experienced tremendous growth, and we look forward to using our own experience building consumer brands to help the company strategically accelerate that growth.”

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Ink of the Week Winner

“Gail’s Groupies” win this week’s Ink of the Week contest!

“On 10/26/13, 45 adults and 14 kids rocked out these fantastic t-shirts while walking in  the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event down at the Chicago Lakefront. Currently my mom is 4 years cancer free, and with family and friends we made strides to help find a cure. Although the team “Gail’s Groupies” is made in honor of my mom, our t-shirts speak the truth.  We walk for all survivors and fighters and especially those close to our hearts that are listed on the back of our shirts in a pink ribbon.”

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