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Minot woman designs fundraising t-shirts with signature from former Miss Rodeo America

Minot, N.D. (September 4, 2019) – There’s a special style of t-shirt going around Minot these days.

It’s pink, it’s retro, and it’s being sold for a good cause.

The annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink t-shirts are for sale in and around Minot, with all proceeds going to help people undergoing cancer treatment improve their quality of life, thorugh the Trinity Exercise Rehab Program at the Minot Family YMCA.

The t-shirts were designed by a Minot resident, Kim Whittemore, who is an artist.

On the front, in the shape of lips, much like the Stones’ logo, are the words “Tough Enough.” Above the lips are the words “Kiss Me” and below the words it reads “To Wear pink.”

On the left sleeve is the signature of a North Dakota raised cowgirl, Ashley Andrews Alderson, who was chosen as the 2007 Miss Rodeo America.

T-shirts have been sold as fundraiser for the cause for more than a dozen years, but the committee wanted to do something different this year.

So they asked Whittemore for ideas. Paul Kramer, a volunteer with the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo, had a sticker on a filing cabinet with the lips and asked Whittemore if she could do something with that design. She has created five other designs that will be used in future years.

“I wanted to do something different,” Whittemore said, “to set it apart from other years.”

Whittemore is no stranger to volunteering with benefits and causes. She, along with her husband Bruce, and Pat and Lynda Davy hosted the Minot Bands Together for several years. Funds from that event went to the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign.

The campaign is affiliated with the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo. Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the rodeo will be Fri., October 4.

Since the campaign began with the rodeo in 2007, over $717,00 has been raised and more than 550 people have been helped.

This is the first in a series of t-shirts that will have the signatures of different North Dakota personalities on them.

The 65h annual Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo is October 4-6 at All Seasons Arena at the North Dakota State Fair Center with 7 pm performances on October 4-5 and 1 pm matinees on October 5-6. Tickets range in price from $13 to $33 and can be purchased online at For more information, visit the website or call 701.833.1761.

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The front of this year’s fundraising t-shirt for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign in Minot features a design done by Minot resident Kim Whittemore.

The left sleeve on the t-shirt for sale for the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign in Minot features the signature of the 2007 Miss Rodeo America, a North Dakota cowgirl, Ashley Andrews Alderson. This year’s t-shirt is the first in a series, to feature signatures from other famous North Dakotans.