September 11, 2013
Bring your spirit, bring your wallet and bring a friend. Tomorrow the Bismarck-Mandan community will be treated to a special event that is sure to bring smiles to people's faces and help to those in need. Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., in the Chick's Place parking lot on campus, is the public's chance to give to a great cause as the TOMS Vagabond Tour rolls onto the University of Mary campus for a day filled with fun and excitement! The TOMS van and trailer are full of quirky people who will entertain, sell merchandise, and inspire others to do good in the world.
TOMS, a humanitarian company that sells shoes, shirts, sunglasses, and other merchandise, is currently embarking on their Vagabond Tour by traveling to 52 cities in 48 states to promote their mission of serving those in need of shoes and eye care. For every pair of shoes purchased TOMS will match that by donating a pair of shoes to a child in need.
TOMS will be featuring their exclusive Vagabond Tour merchandise "The Road Essentials Capsule Collection" for purchase while generating excitement and knowledge of TOMS' cause. This is a green, paperless tour so no cash is accepted. All purchases are done via wire transfers, cash card or credit card.
Not only will people receive a firsthand look at the TOMS organization and their efforts around the world but will also be able to take part in numerous activities throughout the day. The event begins with the University of Mary Pep Band performing at 9:30 a.m., followed by a welcome address by University of Mary President, Monsignor James Shea. At 10:30 a.m. U-Mary dining services will be giving chili and a bottle of water to the first 200 people who attend. Students are invited to stop by and sign up for multiple prizes donated by campus organizations including a $50 TOMS gift certificate, Caribou Coffee and U-Mary apparel. Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a "Ticket to Give," an opportunity to join one of TOMS Giving Partners and help them distribute TOMS shoes to those in need.
TOMS will also be taking video applications for the TOMS internship program, in addition to allowing students to voice and share their entrepreneurial idea and proposals. Anyone interested can stop by and record an answer to the question: "How has TOMS inspired you to start something that matters?" If the answer is chosen, the winner will get a trip to Los Angeles, CA, to meet with TOMS founder, Blake Mycoskie.
The TOMS Company, founded in 2006, is described as an example of philanthropic capitalism; a charitable business that is a sustainable enterprise; a company that can continue to give because of the continual source of funds. Since the founding of the company, they have given 10 million pairs of shoes in 60 countries and 150,000 have had their sight restored through purchases. To learn more visit www.toms.com/vagabond or contact Beverly Huschka at (701) 355-8091.