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Fairfax, VA – August 26, 2014

Unity Day T-Shirt 2014
As millions of students head back to school, CustomInk, the “design online” custom t-shirt company for groups and occasions, today released the results of a national survey on teens’ experiences with bullying. The survey finds that bullying is still a major issue among American teens in the 10 largest metro areas, with 83 percent saying they have been teased or bullied, and 72 percent saying they worry about being bullied by peers. While bullying is a common concern, teens also appear ready to do something about it, with 72 percent saying they would unite as a group to show they are against bullying (e.g. attending an event, joining a club, or social media activities).

To help teens stand up against bullying, CustomInk is launching its 4th annual Be Good to Each Other bullying prevention campaign. Coinciding with the back-to-school season and October’s National Bullying Prevention month, the campaign encourages student groups and others to take a stand for kindness and tolerance by designing and wearing custom bullying prevention t-shirts. CustomInk will handle the printing and fulfillment at cost, allowing 100 percent of profits from the sales of bullying prevention shirts to benefit CustomInk’s non-profit partner–PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through its resources.

Celebrities Unite for Bullying Prevention

Dennis Pitta's Block Out Bullying ShirtThe campaign is supported by leading celebrities and athletes, including Justin Tucker and Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens), Lauren Potter (Glee), AnnaSophia Robb (The Carrie Diaries), and many others who have designed custom t-shirts and are participating pro bono because they feel strongly about this issue.

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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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