And then there were four…
|Jacob Parr, who works at the family-owned
Adams Screen Printing and Embroidery,
designed a T-shirt proclaiming Crystal
Bowersox as “Our American Idol.” Bowersox,
of Elliston, is one of four remaining Idol hopefuls.
(Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
With Elliston’s own Crystal Bowersox’s passage into the next round, Northwest Ohio’s American Idol fever is growing even hotter.
Whether you’ve been a fan from the start or if you’re a little late to the party, you can show your support for Crystal and help the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation with a T-shirt available at Adams Screen Printing and Embroidery in Millbury.
The shirts were designed by Jacob Parr, who works at the family-owned business, at the request of Crystal’s boyfriend’s family.
“Colleen Kusian, Crystal’s boyfriend’s stepmother, for whom we’d done some work last summer, wanted some shirts made to supporting Crystal and she decided to come here,” Jacob said.
Kusian asked that Parr, a freshman graphic design student at Bowling Green State University, come up with a couple of designs from which she’d choose.
“She had brought in one of Crystal’s early CDs. The cover had her name on it written in a curvy, handwritten script, which I thought had a `70s kind of feel,” Jacob said. “So I brought it into the computer and used it as inspiration for the T-shirt logo.
“Colleen liked it, and I’m told, so did Crystal, so that’s the one we chose,” Jacob said.
The initial order was supposed to include about 30 shirts, mainly for Crystal’s family and friends to wear. As people started requesting the shirts, Colleen decided to offer them for sale to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation – an organization close to Bowersox’s heart.
“The order ended up being 300 shirts,” Jacob said.
“She became so inundated with requests – people were calling her all the time – she called me and said `I want to be out of the T-shirt business,’” said Gerald Parr, Jacob’s dad, who also works at Adams SPE. “She asked if we’d take over selling the shirts, and we said, ‘of course.’”
Since then, the Jacob and the business have fielded questions about the shirts on local TV and radio stations. The shop has recently received orders from Texas and Georgia for the shirts.
“We’re really excited to be a part of this – supporting Crystal and the fundraising effort,” Jacob said.
On a recent show, Crystal’s boyfriend could be seen wearing his blue shirt as the camera panned the audience. “I caught a picture of it on my cell phone camera,” Gerald said.
Colleen and a contingent of supporters (and their T-shirts) left for Hollywood last week to cheer Crystal on. The Parrs will be watching for them as they do the same from their living room.
“I’ve been told Crystal has one of the shirts in gray,” Parr said, adding that his matching gray shirt and the marketing effort behind it earned him an A in a recent final at BGSU.
The shirts are available in light blue, pink, kiwi green and golden yellow, in sizes from toddler to XXL. The cost is $10 ($1.50 and $3 extra for XXL and XXXL respectively). A portion of the proceeds from the sales will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Though a limited inventory is in stock, it is recommended that those wanting shirts call in advance at 419-836-2773. Adams Screen Printing and Embroidery is located at 1600 Woodville Rd.
Jacob Parr, who works at the family-owned Adams Screen Printing and Embroidery, designed a T-shirt proclaiming Crystal Bowersox as “Our American Idol.” Bowersox, of Elliston, is one of four remaining Idol hopefuls. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)