About our designer: Laura Marano
Laura Marano stars as the lead “Ally” in the hit international Disney Channel television series “Austin and Ally.”
Marano started acting in the theater when she was five years old. She appeared in numerous plays at the Agoura Children’s Theatre, and continued her acting in national commercials.
Marano went on to booking recurring roles on the television shows: "Without a Trace," in which she plays Kate, the daughter of Emmy-Award winning actor Anthony LaPaglia's character, and in "Dexter" and "The Sarah Silverman Program." She has guest-starred on television shows including “Children’s Hospital”, “Flash Forward”, “True Jackson”, "Ghost Whisperer," "Medical Investigation," "Huff" and "Joan of Arcadia." She then booked a series regular role on “Back To You,” also starring Kelsey Grammar, Patricia Heaton and Ty Burrell. Since many of the shows Marano has worked on are not suitable for viewing by all ages, she did enjoy the fact that her classmates could watch her on the hit FOX quiz show, ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?
Marano's first film role was in "The Jacket," produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh and starring Adrien Brody. Marano appeared in Judd Apatow's film "Superbad" and starred in Joe Wein's short film, "Goldfish."
Marano has had many voiceover roles, including the widely successful animated films "Finding Nemo" and "Ice Age 2: The Meldown." She is heard in recurring roles on the cable shows "The X's" and "Ni Hao Kai-Lan”, and the lead voice for the Disney pilot, “Lucky Beast”.
Marano enjoys school, soccer, piano, tap dancing and singing. Her favorite thing to do is to read books. She loves to travel and has made three trips to Italy, where she and her sister learned to play the card game Scopa.
Marano also has a penchant for songwriting, which is one of the reasons why she gravitated to the role of “Ally,” and she has written over 100 songs. Currently, she is recording her music.
Marano lives with her parents and her dog Velvet in the Los Angeles area.
About the Be Good to Each Other campaign
At CustomInk, we believe in the Golden Rule and treating others with kindness and respect. Statistics show that between 20-30% of school-aged kids in the United States have been bullied. That is why we've created the Be Good To Each Other campaign to help increase awareness and ultimately prevent bullying by uniting groups with custom t-shirts.
This is the third year of the CustomInk Be Good To Each Other campaign. With the help of our celebrity partners, the media and you, CustomInk has raised more than $20,000 for bullying prevention efforts. And the power of t-shirts goes beyond just the funds raised - thousands of people continue to wear the shirts they've purchased and spread the word that bullying is not okay!
About our partner: PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities. PACER offers digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth, including:
• PACER.org/Bullying: This is the portal page for parents and educators to access bullying resources, which include educational toolkits, awareness toolkits, contest ideas, promotional products and more.
• PACERTeensAgainstBullying: Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.
• PACERKidsAgainstBullying: A creative, innovative and educational website designed for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action.