Artists, oth­ers cre­ate “Ve­gas Strong” T-shirts to raise funds for vic­tims.

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By Christo­pher Lawrence

The heart­felt out­pour­ing of lo­cal pride Las Ve­g­ans ex­pressed this past week has be­come tan­gi­ble, thanks to a se­ries of high-pro­file T-shirts de­signed to raise money for the vic­tims of the Oct. 1 shoot­ings.

Renowned artist Shep­ard Fairey, DJ Steve Aoki, the UFC and MGM Re­sorts have al­ready re­leased shirts, many bear­ing the sky­line and “Ve­gas Strong” slo­gan.

Fairey, who has painted sev­eral mu­rals in down­town Las Ve­gas, cre­ated two graph­ics — “Neon Fist” and “Shine On” — in­vok­ing the city’s famed neon lights and signs in part­ner­ship with Red Rock Re­sorts Foun­da­tion.

“My stu­dio quickly banded to­gether with some lead­ers in the Las Ve­gas com­mu­nity to cre­ate pow­er­ful vis­ual mes­sages of unity to de­pict the strength and re­silience of this com­mu­nity,” Fairey said in a state­ment. “I’m proud that my team and I could help to con­trib­ute some­thing that can give us all a mes­sage of hope in this dark time.”

The shirts, avail­able at Ve­, cost $25. One hun­dred per­cent of the prof­its will be do­nated to lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions in sup­port of those af­fected by the shoot­ings.

Aoki de­signs T-shirt

Aoki, a reg­u­lar head­liner on the Strip, has de­signed a long-sleeve T-shirt fea­tur­ing a sketch of a heart with Las Ve­gas scrawled across it on the chest and the lo­gos for Vi­sion Street Wear, which he co-owns, on the sleeves. The shirts cost $50 and can be pur­chased at dim­mak­col­lec­

Net pro­ceeds will go to the vic­tims’ fund es­tab­lished by Clark County Com­mis­sion Chair Steve Siso­lak, which had raised more than $10 mil­lion by Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Knights shirts

The Ve­gas Golden Knights also are sell­ing “Ve­gas Strong” shirts. The NHL team, in a tweet, says “sales will be do­nated for vic­tims’ fam­i­lies & first re­spon­ders mov­ing for­ward.”

The team said shirts will be sold at the ve­g­asteam­, the NHL Shop Zone, The Ar­mory store at

T-Mo­bile Arena on the Strip and The Ar­se­nal store at City Na­tional Arena in Down­town Sum­mer­lin.

The team won its in­au­gu­ral game Fri­day and will play its home opener against Ari­zona on Tues­day night at T-Mo­bile Arena.

UFC shirts

UFC pres­i­dent Dana White and com­men­ta­tor Joe Ro­gan wore spe­cial T-shirts to Fri­day’s weigh-ins for UFC 216. Those shirts, avail­able in white and black and bear­ing the words “Ve­gas Strong,” a heart and the UFC logo, are avail­able at UFC­s­ and all venue re­tail lo­ca­tions.

The shirts cost $24.99, and 100 per­cent of the prof­its will be do­nated to sup­port the fam­i­lies of vic­tims and those af­fected by the tragedy.

NASCAR, Zap­pos team up

NASCAR driv­ers Spencer Gallagher, Kurt and Kyle Busch, Bren­dan Gaughan and Noah Grag­son and pit road re­porter Jamie Lit­tle also cre­ated a #Ve­gasStrong T-shirt and stick­ers in part­ner­ship with Zap­pos.

Avail­able at Driver­sForVe­, the site states that Zap­pos will match 100 per­cent of the do­na­tions made up to $1 mil­lion, with all prof­its go­ing to the Sup­port Las Ve­gas cam­paign ben­e­fit­ing the Di­rect Im­pact Fund.

GMS Rac­ing founder Maury Gallagher also agreed to match the to­tal raised up to $1 mil­lion.

“As a group of rac­ers from Las Ve­gas, we wanted to find a way for our­selves, along with our race fans, to help the vic­tims and fam­i­lies of this un­think­able act,” Kyle Busch said.

MGM goes Ve­gas Strong

And MGM Re­sorts, which owns Man­dalay Bay as well as the site of the Route

91 Har­vest coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val, is sell­ing Ve­gas Strong T-shirts with the “O” re­placed by a heart con­tain­ing the MGM lion logo, as well as pho­tos of sev­eral MGM prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing Man­dalay Bay.

The shirts are be­ing sold at Man­dalay Bay, Ex­cal­ibur, Luxor and New York-New York, and soon will be avail­able at the rest of the MGM Re­sorts prop­er­ties. They cost $20, and 100 per­cent of the pro­ceeds will be do­nated to the MGM Re­sorts Foun­da­tion to sup­port first re­spon­ders, the vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.

A rack of shirts was spot­ted Fri­day on the New York-New York casino floor be­side a sign that read, “We’ve been there for you dur­ing the good times. Thank you for be­ing there for us now.”

Sev­eral Las Ve­gas en­ti­ties have be­gun sell­ing T-shirts to raise funds for vic­tims of the Oct. 1 shoot­ing.

Steve Aoki with his shirt.

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