Monday, October 25, 2021

Marco’s Big Flag Shirt, an Olympic Hit



Marco Island’s official, Big Flag Shirt, is receiving lots of compliments and questions by the media, volunteers and fans in London.  Suzanne Smith Guerin, daughter of Tom and Yvonne Smith of Naples, has appeared in the shirt in an Olympic TV segment and the subject of many USAfan and volunteers photos.

Pictured here at an Olympic site, Suzanne was selected as a volunteer by the Olympic organizers. When not performing volunteer duties, Suzanne and family have attended multiple events including the opening ceremonies.

Suzanne received her shirt along with matching shirts for son Jack, daughter Madeline and visiting niece, Jacqueline Meth, as gifts from her parents to wear during the Olympics. Suzanne lives in London with her family as a result of employment of her husband, Patrick.

The Smith family, has a long history with Big Flag Committee Chairman, Dave Rice and his family. Tom Smith was a member of Dave’s coaching staffs for 40 years and David Jr. and Suzanne Smith attended Boston College together.  The Smiths attended the Memorial Day Big Flag Ceremony and subsequently, purchased Big Flag Shirts at Sunshine Stitcher’s as soon as they became available to the public.

Said Rice, “When receiving the photo from Suzanne, and seeing the shirt at an international event expressing pride in the USA, it was a terrific feeling knowing that it  originated here on Marco”.

The Official Big Flag Shirts are available at Sunshine Stitchers, located in the Chamber of Commerce Plaza, 1106 ½ North Collier Boulevard,Marco Island.  Shirts are available    in sizes for men women and children.  For every shirt sold, $5.00 is donated by Sunshine Stitchers owner, Janice Ayasun, to support the future of the Big Flag effort.

Stated Rice, “We hope to see Big Flag Shirts worn at every patriotic holiday on Marco.  They make an exceptional gift for any occasion, and, what a great way to express pride in the USA”.

The Big Flag Committee is comprised of Leo Sutera, Litha Berger, Keith Dameron,

Richard Shanahan and Dave Rice.  Donations are being accepted to the Big Flag campaign and may be sent to the City of Marco Island, Big Flag,50 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, Florida, 34145.  Additional donation information can be obtained by contacting Leo Sutera, Fund Raising Chairman at email address or by telephone, (718)-820-8899.

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