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DALLAS, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A high school marching band from Moore, Oklahoma, the town devastated by powerful tornadoes last May, is back on the football field and getting to competitions in style, thanks to help from GSG, a leading distributor in the sign, screen printing, and embroidery industries, the Tri-State Sign Association (TSSA), 3M, and local sign companies.
The equipment trailer for the Southmoore High School marching band was one of the lesser casualties when tornadoes struck Moore on May 20 of this year. But in the world of marching bands, a large trailer fully wrapped with the school colors sitting in the parking lot during games and competitions is an enormous source of pride. And now the Southmoore Band was without their flagship.
A local dealer stepped up and generously donated a used trailer. But it was orange and black – not Southmoore colors – and estimates to decorate the trailer with the band's graphics were $10,000. The parents of many band members were dealing with more urgent issues and unable to offer financial assistance; approximately 20 band families lost their homes in the storm.
Eventually, the school contacted the Tri-State Sign Association and the organization's board of directors decided to help. They solicited 3M to donate 2 rolls of wrap film and 2 rolls of laminate. Chris Daugherty, GSG's Oklahoma Digital Service technician, printed the job on the HP Latex printer at the company's Oklahoma City branch location. And 247 Grafix in Oklahoma City provided the wrap installation at a discounted price, paid for by the TSSA. Moore residents Bret and Cristel Van Tuyle of Insignia Signs in Oklahoma City helped coordinate the project.
According to Mark Granberry, president of GSG, "What happened in Moore was tragic. But the aftermath has been an inspiring display of compassion and generosity from our industry and our friends. The people in the sign and screen industry are simply the best. Go SaberCats!"
Based in Dallas, GSG (formerly Graphic Solutions Group, Inc.) was created through the 2001 merger of three longstanding companies: Texas Sign Supply Company, Texas Screen Process Supply Company and Neo Sign Supply Company. Today, GSG partners with over 100 leading suppliers to offer more than 16,000 in-stock products to the imprinted sportswear, sign, digital imaging, embroidery and screen printing industries in the southern and south eastern United States. For more information or to order online, visit www.GoGSG.com, email marketing(at)GoGSG(dot)com, phone 800.366.1776, fax 972.239.2939, or write the company at 4601 Spring Valley, Dallas, TX 75244.
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