Phoenix, Arizona September 21, 2010

Square-N-Compass, Inc. ( a non-profit organization, has announced that it will donate proceeds from its 4th annual hair and fashion show entitled, “20Ten Hair and Fashion: It’s In Our Hands” to the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS). The event will take place from 4 pm until 9 pm at the luxurious Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort on Sunday, October 10th. The Pointe Hilton is located at

1111 North 7th Street
in North Phoenix.

Local businesses throughout the Valley of the sun are helping Square-N-Compass to raise needed funds and hair products to the shelter. "Square-N-Compass, we aren’t large enough to donate large amounts of money ourselves, but we can provide the vehicle for the community to join together to raise that goal," said Tim Seay, CEO of Square-N-Compass. "Our hair and fashion show utilizes the community to help support the community. Hair salons, barbershops, clothing designers, retail shops, vendors along with other local businesses join Square-N-Compass in presenting a night of fun, entertainment and education of the charity’s mission.

According the 2009 State of Homelessness report, there are nearly 19,000 homeless individuals in Arizona where about 8,000 of them reside in Maricopa County. A lack of affordable housing and the limited scale of housing assistance programs have contributed to the current housing crisis and to homelessness. These days if you are poor, you are essentially an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets. Due to the drastic numbers of homelessness here in Arizona one can only believe that longer stays in homeless shelters result in less shelter space available for other homeless people. Thus, those who cannot rest in a shelter must find shelter elsewhere or live on the streets.

CASS is Arizona's largest shelter and supportive service center for homeless individuals, serving an average of 5,000 men, women and children annually. CASS’s goal is to provide clients with the tools needed to become self-sufficient and end their homelessness. Their mission is to empower men, women, and children with diverse needs to end their homelessness by providing shelter and supportive services. With the Valley’s support of attending and purchasing tickets $15 in-advance or $20 at-the-door, CASS will receive a sizeable donation of $5,000. In addition, Square-N-Compass will hold a quarterly volunteer day providing haircuts and other services to the residents of the shelter.

“20Ten Hair and Fashion: It’s In Our Hands” consists of three competitions, the Fantasy Competition, a Live-cutting competition and the Most Creative Competition. This event has been designed to showcase the latest in hair styles, as well as the latest high fashion trends and serves as a spring board for local hair stylists, barbers, and clothes designers to display their talent. It also gives retail shops and merchandise vendors the opportunity to display their items or literature about their businesses. “We’ve imagined our event as the beginning for Phoenix becoming as popular as Atlanta’s Bronner Brothers or Chicago’s Ebony Fashion Fair” stated SNC’s Executive Director. “While Square-N-Compass is combining the progressiveness of those well known hair and fashion shows with the Valley’s talented entrepreneurs, it still hopes to maintain the small town charm that Arizona has to offer.”

While Square-N-Compass’ 2010 focuses to continue to bring culture into the Valley with their annual events, their mission for supporting the community while investing in the youth of Arizona is supported through their hair and fashion show. SNC’s volunteers begin with their young staff. The company’s objectives along with the suggestions of these young minds help to carry out SNC’s vision. As with any non-profit, SNC accepts monetary donations, however they encouraged more support in the way of volunteers. Their belief is even the most modest contribution will help make a difference to those who really need assistance.

In an effort to carry out the CARE initiative, Square-N-Compass asks the question, “Can you remember the last time you didn’t have a home, a place to rest your head, or a warm shower at your disposal?” Their answer is “Let’s help those in our community less fortunate than themselves and have a little fun at the same time.”