Patrinell “Pat” Wright – Co-Founder and Beloved Friend
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Co-Founder and Executive Director
Randy and his friend, Patrinell Wright, challenged high school students to create a better tomorrow and Shirts Across America was born. Novak used his media experience and the King Classic, a high school basketball event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to help the people of the Gulf Coast.
Novak has given his hands-on support guiding this organization from its inception. He has worked with over 4,200 high school students and volunteers for over a decade in Mississippi and New Orleans. People have described Randy as a community leader and a doer of extraordinary things, which he shrugs off and states, “I’m just an ordinary guy – who cares about people”.
Chief Development Director
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
Ms. Young has been connected to SAA for years. She had been a supporter of our organization by sponsoring a students’ trip to New Orleans each year and also performed as part of the Total Experience Gospel Choir at dozens of Shirts Across America events. She joined SAA’s team in 2018.
Tia is the producer and co-director of the award-winning film, Patrinell: The Total Experience. She currently serves on the Seattle Documentary Association Board of Directors.