Attaboy Lounge sells T-shirts to raise money for staff, honor victims of March tornado

Posted at 3:52 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 19:46:45-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An East Nashville bar has come up with a creative way to support its employees during the pandemic while honoring the two who were killed in the March tornado.

It's been five months since the series of tornadoes hit Middle Tennessee, destroying homes and businesses.

Michael Dolfini and his girlfriend Albree Sexton were hit by debris and killed as they were leaving the Attaboy Lounge, where Dolfini worked.

Attaboy managing partner Brandon Bramhall says in the middle of mourning and rebuilding, all of his employees were out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bramhall wanted to do something to help -- and came up with the idea of T-shirts, but they wouldn't just have any random designs on them. They incorporated Sexton's sketch on the shirts.

"We were able to take a couple of personal belongings and effects of two late staff members and one of them was a sketchbook from Albree," said Bramhall. "We found cool things in there and thought it'd be a great way to keep them close to us and incorporate one of her sketches on the shirt."

The T-shirts sold out within 24 hours and now they're getting ready to launch a second batch.

All of the proceeds from the T-shirts will not only go to help out the Attaboy staff who are out of work during the pandemic but also towards a future memorial service for Dolfini and Sexton.

If you want to get a shirt, go to Attaboy's Instagram: @attaboynashville

Attaboy plans to reopen in six weeks.