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Rebuild Joplin receive $1,700 from Rock a Joplin BowTie effort

UPDATED AUGUST 15, 2013Rebuild Joplin received a check on Thursday for a little more than $1,700.

The funds came from Spiva Center's "Rock a Joplin BowTie" effort.

The local fundraiser was part of former NFL player Dhani Jones' National BowTie Cause, which serves as a platform for creating awareness and raising funds for particular causes.

It's not too late to get a Joplin Bowtie.

"At this point in time there are still some bowties left for sale," says Andy Perigo, the Board Chair of Rebuild Joplin.  "They can contact Spiva Center for the Arts, purchase a bowtie, all the proceeds are coming back and helping Joplin."

Bowties are $57 each.

 

UPDATED AUGUST 12, 2013 - NEWS RELEASE FROM THE GEORGE A SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

RebuildJoplin receives contribution from Spiva Center's Rock a Joplin BowTie effort

JOPLIN, Mo.– Representatives from Rebuild Joplin will be at Spiva Center for the Arts, 222W. Third Street, at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 15, to receive their shareof the proceeds from this year's Rock a Joplin BowTie fundraiser.

Organized bySpiva and BowTie Cause, a national organization that helps create awareness forparticular causes, the fundraising project was the first of its kind to involvean entire city in the design process.

Dhani Jones,former NFL linebacker and founder of BowTie Cause, visited Joplin in April tokick off sales of the ties, which were created from an original design byJoplin artist Margie Moss. Featured online at www.bowtiecause.org, the ties continue tohelp raise awareness of Joplin and its recovery from the May 2011 tornado.

The localeffort is ongoing with proceeds shared equally between Rebuild Joplin and SpivaCenter for the Arts. Remaining Joplin ties may be purchased at the art centeror at the Rebuild Joplin offices.

For more information, contact Spiva at 417-623-0183 or spiva@spivaarts.org.

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UPDATED MARCH 21, 2013 - NEWS RELEASE FROM THE GEORGE A. SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

JOPLIN, Mo. – Dhani Jones, former NFL linebacker and founder of the national BowTie Cause, will be on hand to kick off sales for Rock a Joplin BowTie from 1–4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St.

Rock a Joplin BowTie is designed to raise awareness of Joplin and its recovery from the May 2011 tornado that devastated the community.

During his visit, Jones will teach people how to tie a bow tie, just in time for supporters who are attending proms, graduations or the St. Avips Ball, a Spiva fundraiser held each May. The silk ties will sell for $57—matching Jones' NFL jersey number—and order forms are available at Spiva.

The local fundraiser is part of Jones' national BowTie Cause, which serves as a platform for creating awareness and raising funds for particular causes. Jones' organization collaborates with partner organizations, such as Spiva, on the local level. Proceeds from sale of the Joplin bow ties will benefit both Rebuild Joplin and Spiva Center for the Arts. 

Jones formed the fundraising company in 2010 after a friend, Kunta Littlejohn, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Jones adopted Littlejohn's credo "If you want to be anybody, you gotta rock a bow tie." Littlejohn has since recovered, and Jones continues to rock a bow tie through BowTie Cause. Ties from the company have raised funds for more than 80 organizations around the country, from Ronald McDonald House to the Cincinnati Zoo.

The local event included a competition to design the official Joplin tie. More than 200 people submitted entries, which had to include a background story for the artwork. Designs ran the gamut from flags, stars and stripes to butterflies and rainbows to landscapes coming back to life.

The entries were narrowed to five by local judges Dr. Elaina Edman, Joplin educator and artist; Drew Hartley, Freeman Health System Business Development Manager and member of the Young Professionals Network; and Gary Shaw, Central Christian Center administrator and Joplin City Council member. The designs of the five finalists were forwarded to national Bowtie Cause officials, including Jones, who selected the winner.

The winning entry was submitted by local artist Margie Moss. Other finalists were Jim Bray, Kayla Cox, Dylan Garrison, and Jorge Leyva. 

Jones said in January that this is the first time BowTie Cause has received its design directly from the community. 

Moss' winning entry features depictions of construction tools, scissors and a red ribbon—a nod to the Chamber's ribbon cuttings when businesses reopened after the tornado—buildings, plants, a butterfly, crosses, and the words love, Joplin and hope. Designers with BowTie Cause finalized her design, then contracted for the silk, made-in-America Joplin BowTies, which will arrive in advance of Jones' Spiva appearance.

To order an official Joplin BowTie, contact Spiva at 417-623-0183 or spiva@spivaarts.org.

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POSTED JANUARY 27, 2013:  A member of One Direction wears one, its the bow tie and its making a comeback in some circles especially with some local artists.

The winners of a bow tie design competition at Spiva Arts Center, out of two hundred entries are:

- Jorge Leyva

- Kayla Cox

- Jim Bray

- Dylan Garrison

- Margie Moss.

Their designs will be sent to the Bow tie Cause, one will be chosen to be the official bow tie of Joplin. Finalists range in age from 22 to 77. Spiva officials say it was nice to have everyone come together for the project.

"Well I think that the biggest thing that the judges were considering were how does this bow tie represent Joplin, because it wont just be marketed to people who live here in Joplin or the surrounding area, it will be marketed nationally, and what image do they want out there to remind people of Joplin" says Jo Mueller.

Bow tie Cause is run by former NFL player Dhani Jones. The charity will select the best design, tweak it and then manufacture it. The ties should be for sale at the Spiva Art Center by this spring. Funds will go to the Spiva Art Center and Rebuild Joplin.

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