Artists start #neverforgottencoast T-shirt fundraising drive for Hurricane Michael victims

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As Panhandle communities struggle to rebound from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael, a group of  Tallahassee artists has come up with a new T-shirt design and fundraising campaign called Neverforgottencoast.com You can pre-order T-shirts with the proceeds going to help people who are digging out from debris in shattered Mexico Beach.

T shirt design
#neverforgottencoast logo

“We met with the mayor of Mexico Beach and what we are trying to do is set up a fund that small business owners can apply to, so that they can meet needs where insurance is lacking,” said Alex Workman, 32, of Tallahassee, who was part of a creative project called  Voices of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In that visually arresting project, artists and volunteers  used drones to photograph victims and their devastated surroundings after a 2016 fire that destroyed half of Gatlinburg, claiming 14 lives and destroying 2,000 homes and businesses.

“We wanted to do something to help the people affected by the hurricane and be a good neighbor from here in Tallahassee,” said Workman, who is doing the #neverforgottencoast charity project with his wife, Chelsea, and designer Jesse Taylor.

 

Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

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