Boston Strong Statement
Chowdaheadz & Charitable Contributions
For over 10 years, Chowdaheadz has been making products to celebrate our love for Boston. We are committed to our community and to the amazing customers we serve.
In 2013, we donated approximately 20-25% of our company profit to various charitable organizations. In addition to these donations, we offered t-shirts & other merchandise at cost or for no charge to select 3rd party fundraising efforts. Our largest donation was a check cut for over $30,000 to the One Fund after the Marathon tragedy. We have also donated to the Wounded Warrior Project; consulted for a victim of the marathon bombing; made a large donation to the MGR Emergency Response team (they saved a friend's life the day of the Marathon tragedy),donated to local school fundraisers; sponsored youth sports teams; donated to a group that sends care packages overseas to soldiers in battle and we've donated in many other ways to our community. Our charitable work does not typically come with a press release or announcement of any sort; we prefer to do it for the people who need it and not for ourselves. When you purchase from our website, know that we continue to use a portion of our profits for various charitable related causes on an ongoing basis.
Publicity Statement From April 2013
Re: Press statement from 2013. When we announced that we were selling "Boston Strong" items we filed a notice of intent to use these words in commerce with the USPTO to protect ourselves from someone else filing and pursing a claim against us for it down the road; something that happens often in business and has happened to us before for using very basic & simple phrases you would think are public domain. The notice that we sent is not an actual approved trademark filing, that takes years to achieve. The notice was simply a declaration of intent to use the phrase in commerce. There was a filing submitted before ours and their public statement was "I just want to make a quick buck". We strongly feel that the "Boston Strong" theme is for the people of Boston and the victims of the tragedy.
2014 Update- The USPTO has declared Boston Strong a "movement" type of slogan leaving it within the public domain. This is the right call and we strongly support this decision.
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