FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 7, 2015
TomboyX joins Girl Scouts' of Western WA #ForEVERYGirl campaign
Fran Dunaway, CEO and former Girl Scout, pledges t-shirt perk to donors of $100 or more to Girl Scouts of Western Washington
SEATTLE -- TomboyX, a woman-owned company co-founded by a former Girl Scout, just joined the Girls Scouts of Western Washington's #ForEVERYGirl campaign. Once a Girl Scout in Kansas City, MO, CEO Fran Dunaway says she can't wait to give back to the organization that gave her the skills to become a successful CEO and co-founder of TomboyX.com.
The online fundraising campaign has already generated more than $328,000 in just a week, offsetting a $100,000 gift the Girl Scouts of Western Washington turned down because it excluded transgender girls. With that support girls can join a troop, go to camp and participate in a multitude of other life-changing Girl Scout experiences even though their families can’t afford to pay for them.
For everyone who gives at the $100 level to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington's #ForEVERYGirl campaign, TomboyX is providing the perk of a #ForEveryGirl t-shirt.
"I could not be more proud of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington for standing up for all girls, including transgender children," says Dunaway, who started her successful clothing company with her wife Naomi Gonzalez. "I was a tomboy and the Girl Scouts provided me with so many skills that I've used in my life, from confidence to compassion."
"Some called her a tomboy, most called her cool," says the company's website, which features clothing and accessories for women, including t-shirts and boxer briefs for women that proudly proclaim "TomboyX" for everyone to see.
"Being called a tomboy was an insult back in my day. In the Girl Scouts I learned that my tomboy qualities -- a spirit for adventure, standing up for others, playing sports, pushing through my fears -- were good things," says Dunaway, who is also a filmmaker.
"All girls, including transgender girls, deserve the same opportunities I had."
"I'm excited to provide a perk for #ForEVERYGirl donors who also believe that every girl, regardless of her race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or geographic location—is empowered to unleash her potential, build her future and transform her world."