New sports apparel store gives teams chance to raise funds
Antony Sharples is banking his experience as a youth sports coach will help provide a niche for his new business, Elite Team Supply--helping youth sports teams raise money while filling their apparel needs.
Sharples, who spent three years as an assistant wrestling coach at Eastwood High School and assists with Genoa Biddy Wrestling, hopes to reduce the time and expense volunteer coaches spend on uniforms.
Teams and boosters can raise money by setting up affiliate stores through the company’s website. Team managers choose the designs and products they want to sell and they are given their own affiliate web address. Parents and supporters can go directly to the site to order spirit wear. Teams, or boosters, receive a commission, which is directly paid to their Paypal account.
Most teams or boosters make 25-30 percent from the sales, Sharples says. This approach eliminates out-of-pocket expenses and the need to purchase a bunch of shirts to get a cheaper price then hope to sell them all.
Sharples has also introduced an online design tool. The tool eliminates the need for a screen and allows individuals to create designs. Step-by-step instructions allow for multiple elements. Customers currently use the tool for small runs. For example, one customer used it for three shirts for a 45th class reunion. Sharples foresees others will use it for special events such as bachelorette parties.
Sharples opened Elite Team Supply next to The Brew-Thru on Route 51 in Genoa in April. He also offers screen printing, vinyl decals, signs, banners and graphic design.
He is an Oak Harbor graduate and a Genoa resident. You can reach him at 419-855-0080 or go to www.eliteteamsupply.com.
At the clubs
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Steak Roast & Reverse Raffle Saturday, Aug. 18 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. at the Walbridge VFW on North Main Street in Walbridge.
Prize payout for first is $3,000; for second, $2,000 and for third, $1,000. Tickets are $100 which includes two reverse raffle entries, two steak dinners and beer, wine and pop.
For tickets, or to volunteer, call the chamber at 419-693-5580 or email Angela Crosby at
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pearson Park improvements.
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation and the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will introduce Lindsay Myers, the new executive director for the foundation, at the Annual Party in the Parking Lot, Thursday, Aug. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Myers, as well as chamber executive director Sarah Beavers, will speak at 5:15.
Contact the foundation for more information at 419-693-9999 or the chamber at 419-693-5580.
Dr. John Cercek, D.D. S. has announced his retirement after 43 years practicing orthodontics in Oregon.
In a letter to patients and their families, Dr. Cercek said he is retiring due to an upcoming back surgery in Spetember. Dr. Jeffrey Bunkers will take over the practice and see patients at his office at 3448 Navarre, Suite 200, one quarter mile east of Dr. Cercek’s office.
Dr. Cercek received his Dental Degree and his Master's Degree in Orthodontics from The Ohio State University. He is a member of a number of professional organizations and was a board member of the Toledo Dental Society. He has also served on the boards of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.
Dr. Cercek was also a clinical advisor to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center for the treatment of cleft-lip and palate patients and on the board of Operation Smile, a non-profit group specializing in treating patients with facial and body disfigurements.
In 1998, he was a finalist for a Prism Award, a local initiative to honor excellence in business.
Kimberly Young, an investment advisor representative at McIntire Retirement Services in Perrysburg and Fremont, has been awarded the CFPR certification.
These marks identify those individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements, have successfully completed financial planning coursework and have passed the CFPR Certification Examination covering the following areas: the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning.
The employees at the National Bank of Oak Harbor raised $6378 for the Relay For Life 2012 event held June 8 and 9 at Oak Harbor High School, according to a company spokesperson. The initial goal was to raise $5,000. The Ottawa County Relay For Life event raised over $70,000 to fight the war on cancer. That exceeded the goal of $50,000.
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