The Arizona Housing Fund has partnered with two popular local apparel companies, Iconic Arizona and Goodfellas Merch, to offer a new fundraiser T-shirt and tank top. All proceeds from the limited-edition shirts will benefit the Arizona Housing Fund, which was created in 2019 by Bank of America executive Howard Epstein to raise funds to help build and operate much-needed permanent, supportive housing in Arizona. The Fund has raised $735K so far and will begin awarding grants to nonprofits to build and operate affordable housing units once the total reaches $1 million.
The shirt design, donated by artist Megan Dever, features a southwestern style home with the Arizona Housing Fund tagline “Funding a place to call home.” The Arizona Housing Fund limited-edition fundraiser shirts are $20 each (plus taxes and shipping) and can be purchased online at goodfellasmerch.com/collections/alwaysarizona by December 2, 2021.
“Iconic Arizona and Goodfellas Merch have been such a pleasure to work with on this project,” says Arizona Housing Fund Founder Howard Epstein. “They are giving this fundraiser a ton of support and helping to promote the Arizona Housing Fund to their strong following. Once people learn about the Arizona Housing Fund, they want to get involved in a big way. We hope to sell a lot of T-shirts before December 2!”
Nick Carmichael, owner of Iconic Arizona, and Joe Matarazzo, owner of Goodfellas Merch, first partnered on a T-shirt fundraiser in 2020, when they offered a limited “Always Arizona” T-shirt to provide financial assistance to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. When approached by the Arizona Housing Fund with the idea of creating a special fundraiser T-shirt, the duo was all in. Carmichael, who is also an economics teacher at Skyline High School in East Mesa and father of three, says he has experienced significant growth over the past year, and it’s rewarding to have an opportunity to help give back.
“We love opportunities to give back to the community, and we invite everyone to get involved with helping to fund a home for so many in our state who are experiencing homelessness,” says Carmichael.
“This is the perfect easy way to contribute – and by wearing this shirt, help to raise awareness of the Arizona Housing Fund,” adds Mattarazo.
About the Arizona Housing Fund
Arizona Housing Fund (AZHF) is a dedicated sustainable fundraising source to help Arizona nonprofits build more permanent and supportive housing that will help our state’s most vulnerable citizens. The Fund’s equity grants will enable more housing units to be constructed, with the goal of reducing homelessness throughout the state. Funding primarily comes from a voluntary escrow donation program, where homebuilders, developers, agents, and title companies participate in the program and give buyers and sellers an opportunity to donate to the AZHF. Tax-deductible donations from individuals, foundations, nonprofits, and for-profit corporations are also welcome. To learn more or to donate, visit arizonahousingfund.org.
About Iconic Arizona
Iconic Arizona was born when Nick Carmichael and his wife took a 10-year anniversary tour around Arizona. At each brilliant and memorable location they visited, he searched for a good hat, yet continued to be disappointed and hatless even after visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As a life-long hat wearer, Nick knew he wanted to fill this hole in the market and began drawing. As a high-school teacher, and a father of three, he worked well into the night learning about hats, patches, and sketching designs representing Arizona. These efforts led to the launch of Iconic Arizona in March 2018. The brand has continued to evolve and Iconic now designs shirts, stickers, wallets, and other items to celebrate the beauty and iconic qualities of Arizona.
About Goodfellas Merch
Goodfellas Merch is an Arizona based company offering affordable, quality screen printing with exceptional turnaround times. Goodfellas was established in 2003 to offer bands and artists a true and honest solution to merchandise. The company’s experienced staff takes pride in every print they deliver by using high quality inks, professional printing techniques, and the best American made equipment.