Men’s Wearhouse and IBSA Launch the Annual Topeka Suit Drive – August 2011

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NOW ACCEPTING DONATIONS

You’re Not Just Giving Clothing-You’re Giving a Second Chance

Share the power of the suit. Now in its fourth year, the National Suit Drive helps unemployed men prepare for a more successful future. Donate your gently used professional attire to help men in crisis make a good first impression at job interviews.

Step 1: Donate Your Clothes

Donating is easy. Start by going through your closet and selecting professional items with minimal wear that are still in fashion and drop off your donation by August 31, 2011.

Professional clothing and attire in Topeka can be delivered to:

Topeka Men’s Wearhouse, Store #1606

1920 SW Wanamaker

Topeka, Kansas 66604

(785) 272-6280

Clothing donations collected in our stores are directed to local non-profit organizations and in Topeka, they are directed to IBSA, Inc. located in downtown Topeka. For every suit collected, we will donate a new tie to the cause.

Any of the following gently used professional attire will be accepted:

  • Suits
  • Sport Coats
  • Dress Slacks
  • Dress Shirts
  • Dress Shoes
  • Sportswear
  • Outerwear
  • Ties and other accessories

Step 2: Collect Your Thank You Gift

Both IBSA and the local Topeka Men’s Wearhouse greatly appreciate the generosity of last years donors. As always, to thank our donation, they receive a special coupon for 50% off the regular price of all items, excluding shoes. (See store for details) and the store will also provide a tax receipt for the recipient nonprofit organization, IBSA.

Step 3: Tell Your Friends

With Facebook and Twitter it’s easy to spread the word about National Suit Drive. The five seconds it takes to share can make a difference in so many lives. Let others know about the good things you’ve been up to. Like us or check in at Men’s Wearhouse on Facebook and we’ll donate $1 to the cause (up to $10,000).*

www.facebook.com/MensWearhouse

*The money donated will be distributed amongst the non-profit organizations.

FYI

Held at more than 900 Men’s Wearhouse locations across the country, National Suit Drive collects men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, and shoes and distributes them to local charities that share the vision of helping those with barriers to employment. For a complete list of store locations and participating nonprofits, visit www.nationalsuitdrive.com.

Despite recent job increases in select industries, the unemployment rate is still hovering just above an alarming 9 percent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of July 2011:

  • African Americans are experiencing a 16.2 percent unemployment rate that is almost 1.8 times the national average of 9.2 percent.
  • The U.S. Latino population is experiencing an 11.6 percent unemployment rate.
  • U.S. males are experiencing an 9.1 percent unemployment rate, while U.S. females are facing an 8.0 percent rate.

The power of a suit in the workplace is not to be underestimated, according to the nationwide Men’s Wearhouse Well-Dressed Men Survey conducted earlier this year by Kelton Research for Men’s Wearhouse. A full 75 percent of Americans polled believe well-dressed men are more successful in the workplace than their casual colleagues, and 22 percent of men actually believe they would earn more money if only they dressed better than they currently do.

Men’s Wearhouse has long preached the value of a suit to a man’s confidence. Known for his "guarantee," George Zimmer, Men’s Wearhouse founder and executive chairman, sees National Suit Drive as "a chance to share that guarantee of assurance with those less fortunate and in transition into the workforce. A suit can do wonders to boost confidence in interviews and networking."

With National Suit Drive, those already reaping the benefits of being well dressed at work can share the wealth by simply cleaning out their closets.

The goal for Men’s Wearhouse’s largest yearly philanthropic event is as ambitious as ever. Men’s Wearhouse hopes to top 100,000 articles of clothing in thirty days.

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About Men’s Wearhouse

Since it was founded in 1973, Men’s Wearhouse has become one of the largest specialty retailers of men’s apparel in the country, with more than 900 stores carrying a full selection of designer and private-label suits, sport coats, casualwear, and accessories. Today, The Men’s Wearhouse, Inc. family of companies includes Men’s Wearhouse, MW Cleaners, K&G Fashion Superstore, TwinHill Corporate Apparel, and Moores Clothing for Men in Canada, making it one of North America’s leading providers of quality and value in both apparel and apparel care. Men’s Wearhouse also operates in a global corporate apparel and workwear group consisting of Dimensions and Alexandra in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please visit the company’s website at www.menswearhouse.com.

About IBSA

Since it was founded in 1993, IBSA has helped many low-income youth and adults learn skills necessary for gainful employment, secure placement in training programs and to launch successful small business ventures. IBSA provides job preparation and development services to individuals receiving public assistance and provides community service opportunities to youthful offenders. To assist with employment, IBSA partners with companies like the Men’s Wearhouse to provide clothing and Google to provide local phone numbers with voice mail to homeless job seekers across Kansas. In addition to these unique services, the agency assists persons of low-income in reaching their self-employment aspirations. IBSA is a tax-exempt organization and does not discriminate against any person regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age or political and religious affiliation. For additional information, please visit the organizations website at www.ibsa-inc.org.

Lazone Grays, Jr.

President/CEO

w. 785-422-0761


IBSA, Inc.
629 SE Quincy, Suite 102, Topeka, KS 66603-3921
785.422.0761 (office)

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