Fashionable Fundraising

As people flooded into the Stanhope House for the Concert for Pass It Along, they discovered there was even more to offer than just the music that drew them there.  In the back lounge, the silent auction was packed with goodies for every interest, taste, and price range; the bands had merchandise tables loaded down with their tee shirts and every manner of design and color of CD imaginable; and two young boys stood at a table, with brightly colored duct tape displayed before them.  Not in rolls, but rather crafted into fun and durable wallets.
The Rose Bros Duct Tape Wallets were created by Shaun and Justin Rosenthal at the end of 2012 as a hobby that quickly moved into more as they saw what they could do with their business.  Rather than keeping the profits, they turned their art into a fundraiser for Pass It Along, with one dollar of every purchase going to the nonprofit.  The wallets (and soon, luggage tags and sunglass cases) come in dozens of patterns and colors, from tie-dye to your favorite sports teams.
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Justin, a 7th grader at Sparta Middle School, and Shawn, a 5th grader at Helen Morgan School, are both part of the Sparta TREPS program, which challenges the members to become young entrepreneurs by creating and selling something of their own.  This project, which so far has helped raise $250 for Pass It Along, is a good sign of their future successes.
The Rose Bro’s customer service is fantastic, so if you don’t see something you like, they will create something to your desires, usually for no additional cost.  And shipping is free! Wallets start at just $5, and you can see all the designs and purchase your own at facebook.com/rosebrosshop, through email at Justin@therosenthals.us or shaun@therosenthals.us, and at local Sparta stores Lake Mohawk Florist and Salon Oasis.

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