Family is the fabric of St. Ann Center…literally! Meet one fashionable clan, featured in the Oct.-Dec. Seasons of Life newsletter, to whom we owe the shirts on our backs.
You could say St. Ann Center suits the needs of Julie and Whitney Teska to a T…and vice versa. The husband-and-wife team runs Orchard Street Press, an eco-friendly screen printing and graphic design company that has produced hundreds of custom T-shirts for the Center. And while they’re busy doing that, we’re helping look after their daughter, Elodie, 5, and son, Weston, 3.
“The kids wear their St. Ann Center summer camp T-shirts whenever they go on field trips,” Julie says, adding they get a kick out of telling everyone their mommy and daddy made them. “It’s important for my husband and me to support an organization that takes such good care of our children and our community.”
The Teskas’ press has turned out shirts for Darby’s Dash, St. Ann Center’s pet-friendly run/walk, and family-themed T’s for both the Stein and Bucyrus campuses (available for purchase in each campus gift shop). A generous percentage of them was provided as an in-kind donation. Julie and Whitney’s business also shares the Franciscan value of reverencing the planet. “We researched inks and cleaners to find the most environmentally friendly,” Julie says. “We care about the health of the people wearing our garments.”
The Teska kids are energetic examples of that commitment. “Elodie is a huge fan of St. Ann Center’s pool, and Weston loves the playground equipment,” Julie says. You can check out the Teskas’ stylish line of screen-printed apparel for adults and children at orchardstreetpress.com.
Read all the inspiring stories in our Oct.-Dec. Seasons of Life newsletter.