Northbrook, IL, October 15, 2013: Zengeler Cleaners and the Glass Slipper Project (GSP) have announced the renewal of their partnership that helps thousands of high school women experience the joy of prom. Zengeler Cleaners is now in 13th year serving as the official north suburban collection point for GSP, accepting donations of lovingly-worn prom dresses and accessories at all seven of its locations in Lake and Cook Counties.
"Zengeler Cleaners looks forward to another fabulous collection effort on behalf of the Glass Slipper Project," said Tom Zengeler, President of the Midwest's oldest and largest cleaning company. "Their work provides an extremely important service for at-risk teenagers at a very vulnerable time in their lives. We are proud of our 13-year partnership with Glass Slipper and are excited about the upcoming collection drive."
The Glass Slipper Project was founded by women who recognized that many young women cannot afford the luxury of spending big dollars for prom, no matter how special that night may be. The organization distributes the formal dresses and accessories free of charge to these students at Glass Slipper "boutiques," where each student receives individual assistance from a volunteer "personal shopper."
Local support has increased every year of Zengeler Cleaner's partnership, allowing them to set new collection records almost every year. Zengeler Cleaners collected more than 4,500 dresses valued at $1.8 million last year, many of them donated by local high school students and civic-minded businesses supporting the project. For example, SWALCO, The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, recently held a recycling event and included Glass Slipper Project donations as a point of emphasis, assuring this year's collection drive is already off to a great start.
"One reason we know the Glass Slipper Project touches so many in a positive way is simply this: each year, we receive numerous inquiries from schools, organizations and local businesses offering their help and support for this cause," continued Zengeler. "This underscores just how important the work of the Glass Slipper Project and its volunteers is to the many high school women they help."
Zengeler Cleaners provides several very important services for GSP. In addition to their role as the north suburban collection point, they also inspect, repair as needed and clean each and every donated prom dress brought to their stores -- all at no cost to the organization. This assures every student wearing a dress from the Glass Slipper Project looks her best on this important evening.
More information about The Glass Slipper Project is available at www.glassslipperproject.org. For more information about Zengeler Cleaners, please contact Tom Zengeler, President, at (847) 272-6550, ext. 14, or visit Zengeler Cleaners' website at www.zengelercleaners.com Zengeler Cleaners' seven stores are located in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Northfield, Winnetka, Long Grove, two Libertyville stores and the company's headquarters store in Northbrook. Zengeler Cleaners . . . America's First Family of Dry Cleaning™.