Swag and sweets support #TeamKentucky through COVID-19 pandemic

Want to support fellow Kentuckians while staying Healthy at Home? Creative Kentuckians have started campaigns to sell swag, sweets and more to help #TeamKentucky in response to COVID-19.

Beshear Gear raises over $89,000 for Team Kentucky Fund

T-shirts and accessories with catchphrases from Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily updates are a surprise hit with Kentuckians. A website launched in March called “Beshear Gear” has now raised over $89,000 to support those financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 100% of the proceeds from the merchandise fundraiser go to the Team Kentucky Fund.

Shirts with sayings like “We Can’t Be Doin’ That” and “Next Slide, Kenneth” are available in a variety of colors and sizes. To grab some Beshear Gear, visit https://kentucky-covid-fundraiser.teespring.com/.

Lexington ice cream shop offers Team Kentucky-inspired flavors

Crank & Boom has helped several area nonprofits through sales of limited release ice cream flavors inspired by Team Kentucky. The first flavor released in March, Candy Beshear, was named for Gov. Beshear and raised money for FoodChain, a Lexington organization that serves hot meals to those in need including students on Spring Break from Fayette County Public Schools.

Subsequent flavors included Virginia S’Moore named after ASL translator Virginia Moore benefiting the Restaurant Workers Relief Program and Next MudSlide Kenneth named for Kenneth Mansfield of the governor’s communications team benefiting Glean Kentucky. Follow Crank & Boom on Facebook to see what flavors are next at https://www.facebook.com/crankandboom/.

Kentucky Derby Museum donates proceeds from dated Derby items

The Kentucky Derby is postponed until September and the Kentucky Derby Museum is looking to sell off items printed before the event was moved. Its online store has a wide range of Derby 146 swag printed with the old date, May 2, for sale.

The museum will donate 20% of sales proceeds to the Team Kentucky Fund and One Louisville Fund. Merchandise with the May date could some day be sought-after collector’s items. See what is for sale at https://derbymuseumstore.com/.

— Rachel Nix

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