Gilbert entrepreneurs Akshat Sethi, owner of Thai Chili 2 Go, and Jeremy Jones, co-founder of Funk Fit/Cycle Ave., have teamed up to launch the COMMUNITY T-shirt campaign designed to raise funds that will support small businesses in Gilbert — and unite local area residents. The business owners’ goal is to sell 1,000 shirts, and Sethi has already done his part by purchasing T-shirts for all of his Thai Chili to Go team members as a way to show support at work. 

All of the profits from the shirt sales will go to small businesses in the Gilbert community that have been directly affected by the unexpected impact of COVID-19 by way of gift card purchases that will then be raffled off to community supporters that purchase a shirt. Each T-shirt purchase equals another entry! Supporters can also make their voice heard through social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook — @FunkFit and @korymiller from @parkststudio — regarding which local businesses should receive the funds. 

“As local small businesses, we, unfortunately, understand the immediate needs of our fellow business owners,” says Jones. “We contemplated ways to directly and quickly get local small businesses what they need in the immediate… and that is financial support to help them keep their doors open after COVID-19 and to continue to serve this community we love.” 

But supporters must act fast! The deadline for T-shirt orders is today, Wednesday, April 15. There are two shirt styles — a women’s racerback tank top and men’s fit T-shirt, both of which boast the COMMUNITY logo specific to the campaign. Each shirt is $28; orders can be made via


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