FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Topeka Men’s Wearhouse Suit Drive 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

IBSA: Lazone Grays, Dennis Shepherd, Topeka, admin.

Men’s Wearhouse: Caitlyn Reddington, Mullen, 336-774-9303, creddington@Mullen.com

IBSA, Inc. and the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive Partner To Support Local Job Seekers

Professional clothing drive helps Topeka/Shawnee County Kansas’s disadvantaged workers regain confidence

(TOPEKA, KS) — July 4, 2013 — This July, IBSA, a nonprofit organization providing employment & training services to low-income youth and adult, is again partnering with Men’s Wearhouse for the sixth annual National Suit Drive, the nation’s largest collection of gently used business attire for men. Together, they are encouraging residents in the Topeka/Shawnee County community to donate their gently used business attire to help give a fresh start to disadvantaged workers still facing unemployment.

Along with more than 150 other nonprofit organizations across the country, IBSA and National Suit Drive will distribute the items collected at the local Men’s Wearhouse locations. Items being collected include men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, and shoes. Residents of Topeka/Shawnee County Kansas may donate their gently used items now through July 31 at Men’s Wearhouse location, 1920 SW Wanamaker Rd., Ste. 100, Topeka, KS. Call 785-272-6280 with any questions.

“We are thrilled to partner with Men’s Wearhouse to help local job seekers,” said Lazone Grays, President of IBSA, Inc. “Many people in this area are still struggling, despite the slowly recovering economy, and National Suit Drive is making it easy for the local community to give back and help those who are in need and searching for jobs.”)

Although the national unemployment rate has begun to decline, 11.8 million Americans are still out of work, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The National Suit Drive aims to battle unemployment by providing professional business attire to those in need to help them regain confidence as they pursue a second chance. In addition, partnering nonprofit organizations such as IBSA prepare the job seekers to re-enter the job market through résumé-building workshops, interview preparation, and employment training programs.

Last year, IBSA was able to help dozens of men in the Topeka/Shawnee County area receive a chance to find their strong suit and get back to work.

Nationally, Men’s Wearhouse hopes to collect more than 150,000 articles of professional clothing to benefit numerous charities across the country. To help raise awareness for the National Suit Drive, visit the Men’s Wearhouse Facebook page to share images and videos and to track donations with a live donations counter. Follow the conversation on Twitter @MensWearhouse for real-time updates with #giveasuit. For every National Suit Drive mention on Facebook and Twitter, Men’s Wearhouse will contribute $1 (up to $20,000) to the cause.

As a thank-you, donors will receive a coupon for 50% off the regular price of retail items (excluding shoes, clearance, and Everyday Low Price items) for their next Men’s Wearhouse purchase, as well as a tax receipt.

For more information, visit (www.ibsa-inc.org) and www.NationalSuitDrive.com

About Men’s Wearhouse

Founded in 1973, Men’s Wearhouse is one of North America’s largest specialty retailers of men’s apparel, with 1,144 stores. The Men’s Wearhouse, Moores, and K&G stores carry a full selection of men’s designer, brand name, and private label suits, sport coats, furnishings, and accessories, and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores carry a limited selection. Most K&G stores carry a full selection of women’s apparel. Tuxedo rentals are available in the Men’s Wearhouse, Moores, and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores. Additionally, Men’s Wearhouse operates a global corporate apparel and workwear group consisting of Twin Hill in the United States and Dimensions, Alexandra, and Yaffy in the United Kingdom. For additional information on Men’s Wearhouse, please visit the company’s websites at www.menswearhouse.com, www.kgstores.com, www.mooresclothing.com, www.twinhill.com,

About IBSA, Inc.

Founded in 1993, IBSA is a nonprofit organization that provides employment & training services to low to-moderate income individual in the State of Kansas. The agency services include job preparation, development, placement and retention services as well as specialized training for youth and young adults in the area of information technology (web design), pre-apprenticeship in skilled trade and entrepreneurship. IBSA conducts public policy research & analysis on issues relating to low-income persons and neighborhoods and advocates for underrepresented populations on issues impacting their lives. Additionally, IBSA services are facilitated in several Kansas cities and states consisting of Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma. For additional information on IBSA, Inc., please visit the company’s websites at www.ibsa-inc.org, www.facebook.com/ibsainc.

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