Zengeler Cleaners announces 2022 Prom Dress Collection Drive

Updated 2/22/2022 3:26 PM

Illinois' Largest Dry Cleaner joins hands with Mothers Trust Foundation

John Coxon


As the world emerges from the pandemic that has interrupted our lives for more than two years, some activities are gradually getting back to normal. One such example for students in Lake County is the special rite of passage for high school students - their school prom. With that in mind, Zengeler Cleaners announced it is once again collecting lovingly worm prom dresses and accessories, partnering with Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF) of Lake Forest to distribute the dresses to thousands of northern Illinois high school women who otherwise could not afford to experience the joy of prom.

"After checking with local schools, almost all are hoping to normalize their schedules and calendars, including prom," said Tom Zengeler, president of Zengeler Cleaners. "Prom is one of those special events students remember for years beyond high school. Mothers Trust Foundation and Zengeler Cleaners want to ensure that the cost of a prom dress isn't the reason someone cannot attend. With generous donations from former students and our wonderful customers, we'll be able to eliminate that obstacle for thousands of students."

Each spring, Mothers Trust Foundation hosts two "Pop Up Prom Shoppes" where "personal shoppers" help students select their perfect dress - and Mothers Trust Foundation is eager to get their program back on schedule, too. This year's dress distribution events will be held at the University Center of Lake County on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13.

Zengeler Cleaners provides several important services for the dress collection drive. In addition to working with a number of high schools to solicit donations from local students, their stores also serve as collection points for donations from individuals, organizations and businesses. Zengeler Cleaners then inspects, repairs as needed and cleans the donated items, all at no cost to Mothers Trust Foundation. This ensures every student wearing a dress from the collection drive looks their best on this important evening.

For more information about Zengeler Cleaners, please contact Tom Zengeler, president, at (847) 272-6550, ext. 14, or visit zengelercleaners.com. Zengeler Cleaners' stores are located in Northbrook, Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Northfield, Winnetka, Long Grove and two stores in Libertyville. Zengeler Cleaners -America's First Family of Dry Cleaning.

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