Friar Tux Cares
Helping people in our local communities has always been important to Friar Tux. Here are some ways we partner with organizations to help brighten up someone’s day. If your organization is interested in partnering with Friar Tux on a philanthropic or charitable program, please email [email protected]
Mary’s Kitchen has been serving meals, providing clothing and offering other support programs to the homeless community of Orange, California for 35 years. While volunteering at Mary’s Kitchen, a Friar Tux employee saw an opportunity to help make their clothing program better serve the needs of the community. Friar Tux volunteers spent a day renovating the entire clothing storage facility, sorting and organizing the clothing into racks and bins, all organized by age, type of clothing and size. The resulting pop-up shop allowed the guests of Mary’s Kitchen to be served efficiently with the appropriate garments. Friar Tux also installed a business clothing section for guests who needed professional clothing for a job interview, meeting, or funeral.
Dux in Tux
Friar Tux has been a part of the Dux in Tux annual fundraising event, benefiting the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, for the past 20+ years. The Foundation supports programs that aid families in Southern California through educational opportunities and the sport of hockey. Each year various restaurants and prominent chefs join professional Ducks hockey players themselves who cook and serve those in attendance at the event, while wearing stylish suits and tuxedos from Friar Tux.
A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home provides a safe environment with programs involving the arts, education and wellness for the youth of South Central Los Angeles. Each year the organization puts on dances and other special events to bring the community together. Friar Tux has had the honor of participating in the organization’s events by donating brand new suits, tuxedos and accessories to several hundred students a year so they can look and feel their very best.
Orange County Rescue Mission
The Orange County Rescue Mission has been helping people in the community proudly get back on their feet through guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, and health care services. Friar Tux owner and founder Mike Meskell has been working with the Orange County Rescue Mission for several years and officially brought partnership to the company in 2019. Friar Tux donates a suit to individuals about to graduate from the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Employment Workshop to help them look their best and feel confident during throughout the job interview process.
CHOC - Children’s Hospital of Orange County
The CHOC Children’s Oncology Patient Ball is an annual event where patients ages 15-26 in the oncology unit at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County get dressed up for a night of dancing, games, and fun. Friar Tux has been honored to participate to get the young gentlemen and ladies looking fresh in the latest tuxedo styles and accessories to smile and make memories with friends.
Mission Church - A Night to Remember
A Night to Remember is a free prom organized by Mission Church honoring students with special needs ages 12-25. Friar Tux has participated in the experience for many years now, helping the attendees and volunteers alike get dressed up in tuxedos for the festive occasion. It is a night of dancing, laughing, fashion, and fun.
100 Black Men of Orange County
100 Black Men of Orange County is an organization comprised of leaders from the spiritual, public and business communities who serve as mentors to African-American males in grades 6 - 12. Friar Tux supports the 100 Black Men of Orange County annual gala by donating suits and tuxedos for students who participate in the program, as well as the adults being recognized for their dedication and involvement in the program.
Tilly’s Life Center
Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) is a program focused on empowering teens to face the universal problems that impact those in every community at that age. The program teaches life skills that help build confidence, inspire compassion, and encourage them to pursue their dreams. Every year the foundation puts on an “I Am Giving Gala” where all proceeds go back into helping the young adults of the program. Friar Tux has outfitted several of the amazing young individuals who are attending the gala as spokesmen and spokeswomen for this outstanding program.
Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services
Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services (OYHFS) in Los Angeles has been serving at risk youth and their families since 1906. Each May OYHFS holds a banquet to celebrate the achievements of the programs graduating high school seniors. For the past 12 years Friar Tux has had the pleasure to supply clothing to the graduates, making the banquet and their achievements a bit more special.
Wish Upon a Wedding
Wish Upon a Wedding brings together vendors to make weddings and vow renewals happen for couples facing serious illness or life-altering health circumstances. Friar Tux has been a formalwear partner for several Wish Upon a Wedding couples over the years and is honored to be included with making lasting memories for deserving couples.
Angelitos De Oro
Angelitos de Oro is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and Inland Empire. Each year they hold a fundraiser called Card Week for shoppers at South Coast Plaza. Customers who purchased a card during the dedicated promotional week earn discounts at participating retailers. Proceeds from card purchases benefit Angelitos de Oro and Big Brother Big Sisters of Orange County. Friar Tux is honored to be a participating retailer each year.
Kure It Cancer Research
Kure It Cancer Research is dedicated to supporting the brightest minds in translational research for underfunded cancers. Friar Tux linked up with this great organization by donating a free suit/tux auction item for Kure It’s Let’s Save Lives Gala for pediatric cancer research.
The Princess Project
The Princess Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free prom dresses and accessories to high school teens that might not otherwise be able to attend prom. For over 10 years Friar Tux locations throughout San Diego County have collected dresses year-round for The Princess Project, making the magic of prom possible for high school students throughout Southern California and beyond.