We are proud to announce that Mean Gene Kelton’s Southern Fried 4th of July event will be donating a portion of the proceeds of the event to Texas EquuSearch a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established in 2000 to aid families and law enforcement agencies in the search for missing loved ones.

Texas EquuSearch founder and Director, Tim Miller, knows first-hand what families go through when a loved one is missing. Every search is dedicated to the memory of his own daughter Laura, who in September 1984 at age 16, was abducted, raped and murdered. When his phone rings at 3:00 a.m. with urgent news about another missing person, Tim may have had only two hours sleep but daylight will find him on a red-eye flight, or on a morning TV news show or wading through a snake infested swamp to find a lost child. Tim Miller does not delegate searches from an air-conditioned office, he goes there and gets covered in mud, sweat, insect bites and Poison Ivy to oversee the searches himself.

To date, Texas EquuSearch has conducted more than 1,000 searches and has safely returned more than 300 missing children, teens and adults to their families. Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have credited Texas EquuSearch with having perhaps the highest “find rate” (about 70% – with nearly 85% of these found alive) of any search and rescue organization in our nation. Texas EquuSearch has grown from a small horse-mounted team to include hundreds of volunteers with four-wheelers, boats and aircraft. In December 2004, Texas EquuSearch founder Tim Miller was awarded President Bush’s National Points of Light Award. He has also received a Crime Stoppers Award for public service.

Texas EquuSearch is an all volunteer organization and depends on grants and your donations in order to stay in business and perform their much needed service to society. For more info, to donate money or be a volunteer, visit www.texasequusearch.org.

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