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Glass Slipper Project collection drive underway at Zengeler Cleaners

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  • Pete Donis, Zengeler Cleaners Route Supervisor, inspects dresses before delivering them to the Glass Slipper Project.

    Pete Donis, Zengeler Cleaners Route Supervisor, inspects dresses before delivering them to the Glass Slipper Project.
    John Coxon

John Coxon

Northbrook, IL, February 27, 2013: Spring is just a few short weeks away . . . and that means the 2013 collection drive for the Glass Slipper Project is now underway at all eight (8) Zengeler Cleaners locations! The Glass Slipper Project (GSP) is an all-volunteer organization that provides an opportunity for area high school women to experience the joy of prom at their schools. All Zengeler Cleaners stores are drop-off points for donations, the 11th consecutive year of the partnership between Zengeler and GSP.

"Zengeler Cleaners is proud to once again join hands with local schools and businesses to support the Glass Slipper Project," said Tom Zengeler, President of Illinois' oldest cleaners. "We are well on the way to meeting this year's goal to collect 3,000 or more dresses. With the continued support of local companies and schools, the goal is within reach, thanks to the many donations we've received over the past few months."

Over the past several years, GSP has helped more than 17,000 high school women experience the joy of prom, made possible by the donations of lovingly-worn prom dresses and accessories. Thanks to the ongoing support from local schools, businesses and Zengeler Cleaners, the organization has been able to sustain and expand their worthy cause, which began in 1999.

Zengeler Cleaners and its partners look to build on the success of their eleven-year partnership. Over those years, generous donors have contributed thousands of dresses and a wide range of accessories, such as shoes, purses and other formal wear accessories. The combination of dresses and accessories donated in 2012 along had an estimated value of worth more than $1.5 Million.

It all leads up to the series of three consecutive Saturday shopping opportunities, scheduled this year on April 20, April 27 and May 4, allowing students plenty of time to shop for their own prom dresses. The formal dresses and accessories are distributed free of charge to students at Glass Slipper "boutiques," where each student receives individual assistance from a volunteer "personal shopper." This year's boutiques are again located at McCorkle School, located at the corner of 44th and State Street in Chicago. Thanks goes out to Chicago Public Schools for making McCorkle School available to the GSP.

A picture of Pete Donis, Zengeler Cleaners Route Supervisor, inspecting dresses prior to a delivery to the Glass Slipper Project for a previous collection drive is enclosed. More information about The Glass Slipper Project is available at For more info about Zengeler Cleaners, please check out, or contact Tom Zengeler, President, at 847.272.6550, ext. 14. Zengeler Cleaners' stores are located in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Northfield, Winnetka, two Libertyville stores, Long Grove and the company's headquarters store in Northbrook, Illinois.