In an effort to support the Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Fund, The Rotary Club of Utica is selling its “NEW YORK TOUGH” t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and hoodies. The fund is a joint venture between The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc. and the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica. The shirts are available on the Rotary Club of Utica Online Store.

The shirts are emblazoned with an image designed by graphic artist and Rotarian, Devon Hoffman, and includes five “word art” messages filling out the outline of New York State, including: “New York Tough”; “Stop The Spread”; “Save Lives”; “One Day At A Time”; and “Together We Can”.

In addition, the Rotary Club of Utica is sponsoring an online contest, Quarantine Adventures. Participation in the Quarantine Adventures Contest is open to anyone who has purchased a shirt/hoodie and posts a photo of themselves wearing the shirt, posing either in front of a Utica area landmark, a recreational activity, doing a handstand/headstand challenge, or something equally attention-getting to the Rotary Club of Utica Facebook page Those without Facebook can email the photo to

A Rotary Club of Utica committee will review the submissions and post the finalists. The public can then “vote” on their favorites by “liking” them, and at the end of the contest, the top three photos will each receive a gift certificate to a Utica area business.

The Rotary Club of Utica will begin selling the sportswear through their online store immediately, and the contest will run through June 30.  Winners will be announced during July 4th weekend.  The Rotary Club of Utica encourages creativity but advocates for the participants to proceed with safety in mind.

For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Utica at or visit their Facebook page.

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