The owner of a clothing store in Indiana said on Wednesday that he was moved when he learned of the coronavirus pandemic that his struggling business would receive financial support from the Bar Tools Fund.
Jim Siebert and his daughter Rachel told Fox & Friends on Wednesday that donations helped save the family business, which has been around for nearly a century. They said the money will be used directly for the salaries of the employees of the Sibert clothing store.
Jim Siebert said: “Business has always been an important part of my family’s life.” “My grandfather opened this store in 1922. I worked for pop music and died a few weeks ago. Now, I work with my wife and lovely daughter and some valuable employees. Others work very hard. When I think about it, I cry.”
He added: “Everything is about the people.” “We have some great people. They are very important to me personally, but they are also very important to me.”
Dave Portnoy, the founder of media company Barstool Sports, started a fundraising campaign with the non-profit organization 30 Day Fund earlier this month to help small businesses affected by COVID-19. He contributed half a million dollars with his own money.
Sibert said his daughter persuaded him to send a letter.
Siebert said: “I did it hard, but now I am grateful to us.” “It is great for Dave Portnoy to do what he wants to help small businesses. I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart. God bless you Dave.”
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As of Wednesday morning, the “Barstool Fund” has raised nearly $10.3 million from more than 86,000 supporters to support 42 small businesses struggling in the pandemic.
Portnoy introduced the fund in a tweet on December 17, stating that companies can submit stories to firstname.lastname@example.org to consider joining the fund.
Siebert’s daughter Rachel will own Siebert’s clothing store in the future. She told Fox & Friends that she was shocked when she received a call from Portnoy on Monday.
She said: “This may have saved our business, and it’s crazy.” “It doesn’t feel true. What he is doing is an amazing thing.”
Portnoy has been sharing videos submitted by small business owners asking them to participate in social media fundraising activities.
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He has also been sharing videos about business owners’ reactions to the news of being selected to participate in the “Bar Tools Fund.” Some people, including Siebert, often seem to get excited when they hear the news directly from Portnoy.
On Twitter, Portnoy called the exchange with Siebert “one of my absolute favorite calls.”
Barstool is continuing to accept applications from small businesses to join the Barstool Fund. For donations, please visit: Barstoolsports.com/The-Barstool-Fund.
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Audrey Conklin of FOX Business contributed to this report.