Third annual Back to School with search campaign raises $28K for children in need

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HOUSTON, Texas (August 3, 2012) — BoyarMiller, along with The Tasting Room, CultureMap, BrandExtract, On the Mark Communications and Parker Uniforms, announced that its month-long drive — BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SEARCH — raised $28,000 in much-needed funds to purchase new uniforms for the 100+ children supported by SEARCH Homeless Services and its educational programs.

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SEARC<H, now in its third year, was held during the month of July and featured two main events at The Tasting Room – Uptown Park — a kick-off party on July 9 and a closing party on July 30 — where patrons and supporters gathered to raise funds by:

  • purchasing a $20 voucher to cover the cost of one new uniform for 20% off food purchases at any Tasting Room location
  • purchasing a glass of wine, wine tasting or retail item at the kick-off or closing party with a portion of proceeds benefiting SEARCH
  • mentioning “Back to School with SEARCH” during the month of July at any Tasting Room location to receive 20% off on-premise food purchases that day, benefiting SEARCH

“This money helps outfit children at SEARCH by providing new uniforms which we hope will instill confidence and pride as the kids go back to school, ” said BoyarMiller Chairman Chris Hanslik.  “We are extremely proud to ‘raise the bar’ every year we host the BACK TO SCHOOL WITH SEARCH by raising more funds.  We hope to make a small difference in the lives of these children.”

ABOUT SEARCH HOMELESS SERVICES
SEARCH 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.