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In the Loop
Alumni News : Aug 25, 2016

Graphic Design alumnus raises money for flood victims

By Abigail Friedman

Beau Bergeron (BFA Graphic Design ‘08), owner of San Francisco’s successful design and development firm DJ’s, is utilizing his creativity to raise money for those affected by the recent flooding in his home state of Louisiana. The Baton Rouge native saw an opportunity “to give back and do a lot of good.” Inspired Bergeron got to work designing shirts.

The shirts went on sale about a week ago and since then over 1,000 have been sold, raising a little over $45,000 for the victims of the Louisiana floods. Bergeron sees this project as successful saying, “the fact that we made any money at all and at the same time were able to give people something so positive and uplifting is a success.”

All the proceeds from the sale of the shirts go straight to charities that Bergeron picked through crowdsourcing and reaching out to his Louisiana friends. The money goes directly to the charities which Bergeron describes as all being “involved, on the ground and doing really great work.”

This is not the first time Bergeron has done something innovative and noteworthy. During his time at UF, Bergeron founded the great UF Underwear Dash, which is listed in the F Book as an official UF tradition.

Bergeron is thankful to the University of Florida’s graphic design program, saying it taught him “ambition, creativity and work ethic” and he sites it as one of the best programs in the country.

If you are interested in purchasing on of Bergeron’s designs to benefit the Louisiana relief effort visit: teespring.com/stores/cajun-cool