From STAFF REPORTS
There are any number of reasons Wapakoneta can be considered an iconic city, and one of them is the Temple of Tolerance.
Located on Wood Street, in the backyard of local historian Jim Bowsher, the Temple has been visited by people of all ages, from all walks of life and from locations all around the world. Thanks to Bowsher, his backyard is another reason Wapakoneta appears on so many must-see lists.
It’s no secret Bowsher is battling cancer, and a group of local individuals wanted to do something to help defray the medical costs he’s facing as treatment of the disease continues. And so, a t-shirt fund-raiser was born.
Partnering with local artist Terri Lynn Blosser, who created the image seen on the t-shirt, members reached out to Boondock Apparel to create the shirts now available for sale.
“It’s really just an effort to say thanks to Jim Bowsher for what he’s done with the Temple of Tolerance, and help him in his efforts to get well,” noted Deb Zwez, one of the organizers of the fundraiser. “Terri created a beautiful image that local residents should be proud to wear — or share — with others who have visited and experienced the Temple of Tolerance.”
The shirts are available in a variety of colors and sizes, and can be ordered via the virtual store that was set up by Boondock Apparel. To view the offerings visit https://rockgarden.itemorder.com. The virtual store will be open through Jan. 16.
Lynn Skaggs, also one of the organizers of the fundraiser, said ordering through Boondock Apparel is the only way to purchase a shirt as no pre-order had been placed. The shirts will be shipped or available for pick up at Casa Chic at the end of January; those options will be part of the checkout process after ordering.
Skaggs said $6 from each shirt ordered will be directed to Bowsher.
“Our hope is that these t-shirts speak to people, and they feel compelled to buy one,” Zwez said, “not only to promote this great destination in Wapakoneta but also to say thank you to the guy who has developed it and nurtured it and welcomed us all into it.”