More than $14,000 Raised for School Uniforms for SEARCH Kids in Need

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HOUSTON, Texas (August 1, 2011) — BoyarMiller, along with The Tasting RoomMax’s Wine Dive and CultureMap announced that the 2nd Annual month-long drive — BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SEARCH — raised $14,250 in much-needed funds to purchase school uniforms for the children serviced by SEARCH Homeless Services.

The announcement and check presentation was made to Thao Costis, CEO of SEARCH, at The Tasting Room’s Uptown location by Chris Hanslik, chairman of BoyarMiller, and Laura Lasco, vice president and general counsel for Lasco Enterprises, parent company of The Tasting Room and Max’s Wine Dive (pictured above).

At a kick-off event on June 28th and a closing event on July 26th, event attendees made donations to SEARCH by purchasing a $20 school uniform voucher, which was redeemed for a free pizza during the month of July at any of the three TTR locations. In addition, attendees also made donations by purchasing a bottle or case of wine, with 15% of the purchase benefiting SEARCH; buying a glass of wine, with $1 benefiting SEARCH; or purchasing a wine tasting.

“This money will go such a long way to help outfit children at SEARCH as they prepare to go back to school,” said Chris Hanslik, BoyarMiller chairman. “Our goal was to purchase five uniforms each for 100 kids. But with the extra funds raised ($10,000 was our goal), we are looking into buying a new pair of shoes for each child and additional school supplies as well!”

ABOUT SEARCH HOMELESS SERVICES
SEARCH Homeless Services helps thousands of men, women and children each year move from the streets, into jobs and safe, stable housing. SEARCH meets clients where they are and gets them back on their feet through services that engage, stabilize, educate, employ and house.

Adult Education
SEARCH provides basic adult education, GED preparation, case management and supportive services to 80 students annually. Students are encouraged to attend class from 9AM to 4PM, Monday – Friday and meet a minimum goal of 60 classroom hours within 30 days. SEARCH has also developed a unique curriculum to address the needs of individuals with low or no literacy.

House of Tiny Treasures (HTT)
This early childhood education program provides developmentally-focused childcare for pre-school age children while their parents attend classes and begin working. Most families are residing in area shelters and other housing programs. Nutritious meals, education and intensive art, play and traditional therapy fulfill student needs. HTT is Houston’s most recognized therapeutic center dedicated to providing this unique clientele with essential opportunities to prepare young children to succeed in school.

The goal of SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures is to equip each child with the skills needed to reach his or her maximum potential and be prepared for kindergarten. We assist families in attaining and maintaining self-sufficiency in order to break this cycle of homelessness. This is no easy task and is achieved with the help of an array of quality early childhood educators and other professionals.