CLEVELAND– It all started with a joke and a sign.
Now, Cleveland Indians fan Nate Crowe’s creation has helped raise nearly $120,000 for Cleveland Clinic Children’s.
Earlier this year, the Tribe season ticket holder made a poster that read, “Party at Napoli’s.” Soon after, Crowe made a shirt with the same slogan, which caught the attention of Indians first baseman Mike Napoli.
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The team worked with 108 Stitches to produce the shirts. So far, more than 9,000 have been sold. A portion of the proceeds go to charity and Napoli himself matched part of the donation.
Crowe said he never thought “Party at Napoli’s” would be this big.
“I figured it would be just a fun inside joke that would pass in short time. After 9,000 shirts and $120,000 for a children’s charity, I’m glad I was wrong,” Crowe said.
On Sunday, the Indians, 108 Stitches, Napoli and Crowe will present Cleveland Clinic Children’s and VeloSano with the money during a ceremony before the game.
You can get your own “Party at Napoli’s” shirt at the Progressive Field Team Shop or 108Stitches.com