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Wine for good: Stylish do-gooders endure Houston's summer heat to help school-dreaming kids

Wine for good: Stylish do-gooders endure Houston's summer heat to help

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Stephen and Lisa Johnson, left, Jerry Lasco and Chris Hanslik at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Steve and Vanee Kesten, left, Janay Fishback and Uchenna Agu at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Welcome Wilson Jr., left, Thao Costis and Bill Boyar at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Jennifer Arriaga, left, and Kristy Montgomery at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Karen Niemeier, left, Doug Parker and Diane Barber at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Jennifer and Brent Howard at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Chelsea Wade, left, Teresa Sterling and Lalla Morris at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Jodie Eisenhardt, left, and Roz Pactor at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Philip and Emily Dunlap, left, Carey Haim and Andrew Pearce at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Sandra Zabak, left, Charlotte Crawford, Linda Jones and Krissy Taylor at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Sara Eberle, left, and Julie Eberle at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Yvette Hill, left, and Pilar McNear at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room Donation Table
Donation table at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Wine selections at Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room. Photo by Michelle Watson
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Jennifer Arriaga_Kristy Montgomery_ Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room
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Jennifer & Brent Howard_ Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room
Chelsea Wade_Teresa Sterling_Lalla Morris Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room
Jodie Eisenhardt_Roz Pactor_ Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room
Philip and Emily Dunlap_CareyHaim_AndrewPearce Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room
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Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room Donation Table
Wine - Back to School with SEARCH at The Tasting Room

While many of the city's philanthropists balk at the arrival of Houston summer — because perspiration and couture don't mix well — a group of good-doers are mindful that their worries are nothing in comparison to the stress of many parents during the respite from the school year. Education materials and school uniforms don't come cheap.

SEARCH Homeless Services, with the support of chairs Lisa and Stephen Johnson, is on a mission to outfit 1,000 children and their siblings with everything they need to thrive. The Fourth Annual Back To School with SEARCH gathering at Jerry Lasco's The Tasting Room in Uptown Park on Monday launched a month-long fundraising campaign that ensures the children served by the organization have the tools to concentrate on learning — and not what they don't have.

Donations were made by purchasing $20 vouchers that underwrite the cost of one uniform and are also redeemable for food at any Tasting Room location. Some of the 200 guests opted for wine by the glass — accompanied by a lovely spread of cheese and charcuterie — with a portion of the proceeds feeding SEARCH's piggy bank.

Back To School with SEARCH, sponsored by Boyar Miller and The Tasting Room, continues through July 29.

While toasting to new beginnings in the bar's newest party room — where Lady L Boutique resided prior to merging with its Houston Galleria location — executive director Thao Costis loved that the inaugural day cashed in $6,000 of the $20,000 goal. 

Sipping and mingling were BoyarMiller chairman Chris Hanslik, Jennifer and Brent Howard, Bill Boyar, Katy Mayell Ellis, Welcome Wilson, Welcome Wilson Jr., Diane Barber and Karen Niemeier, Doug Parker, Shelly Cyprus, Gary Gibson, Chaz Klaes, Karma Burford and David Arnold, Lauren Kaufman Blachman and Dolores Wilkenfeld.