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Name of Collection: Iupe (Pat) Poster        

Accession Number: AM15-57                               

Given By: Pat Iupe          

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the united States (Title 17, United States Code).

Date of Receipt: June 6, 2014   

Extent: 3 items

Inclusive Dates: circa 2005       

Form of Material (Letters, Minutes, etc.):

This poster thanks the volunteers who helped clean the coast after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. It is lime green and says “Thank y’all.”

Pat Iupe from Canton MS suggested the banner concept as a way to show Mississippi's appreciation to the many volunteers from throughout the country who provided relief services after Hurricane Katrina. It was a simple thought after she saw caravans of relief workers from utility companies and other volunteers from throughout the country pass through the Jackson, MS area headed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Louisiana to render aid that included food and other critical necessities. She considered their spirit of compassion and generosity to be as amazing as the donations they provided. Ms. Iupe contacted Alexis Brown (Special Assistant, Events Coordinator) with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), and she liked and pursued the concept with MDA agreeing to finance the banners, posters and car bumper stickers. MDA contracted with Denton Gibbs of The Gibbes Company who created the artwork pro bono. MDA provided the funds for the actual costs associated with bringing life to the concept and design. Ms. Brown coordinated the logistics of having the banners created, designed, paid for and most importantly displayed from 21 bridges/highways throughout Mississippi. The response was phenomenal and several editorials were broadcast or written about the banners (and the message they communicated touched many hearts). The banners lasted several months prior to most being eventually tattered and destroyed by the weather. For a time they served as a gentle reminder to what people in the Katrina stricken areas were still experiencing as well as a reminder of our appreciation to those who supported them in the best and worst of circumstances. 


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