Rustic Cuff Founder Donates $100,000 To Storm-Damaged Sapulpa Shop

Friday, May 27th 2016, 12:41 pm
By: Emory Bryan

Thanks to an unexpected donation, things brightened up for a Sapulpa store damaged by a tornadic storm.

It comes out of a connection to Tulsa's Rustic Cuff.

A small crowd of family and friends gathered to meet Rustic Cuff creator Jill Donovan Friday. She and Diane Gloden had not met before, but already knew they shared a love of Oklahoma, and Rustic Cuff.

The storm hit Gloden's store Tuesday night. Part of the roof peeled off and the rain poured in, soaking everything.

When Gloden talked about the damage on TV, wearing a Rustic Cuff hat, Donovan realized one of her retailers needed help.

"Just the Oklahoma spirit, wanted to give to her and that; I just can't even describe what that feels like to be a part of that," Donovan said.

Rustic Cuff set up an online fundraiser, selling Oklahoma bracelets, expecting to raise $10,000 within 48 hours; instead, it raised $100,000 in half a day.

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Donovan said, "On behalf of all the people who love you, and small town Oklahoma and small business Oklahoma, I'd like to present you with a check for $100,000."

Donovan is amazed by the generosity of her customers, and Gloden agrees. She's had an outpouring of support from the people of Sapulpa.

"It's just so overwhelming and amazing, the generosity and the love we've received from the community," Gloden said.

A Little Bit of Country is a long way from reopening, but the money will kick start the recovery. Donovan said when they do she'll make sure they have plenty of Rustic Cuff inventory.

The roof repairs and cleanup inside are just getting started.