“Coats For Vets” Drive Nets $65,000 in Donations For Local Veterans
Zengeler family receives highest civilian
Veterans’ award for their support
Pictured Above (left to right): Robert Zengeler, Sr., Andrew
Zengeler, Tom Zengeler and Allen Lynch.
Northbrook, IL, February 6, 2013: The results are in from a local
drive to collect winter apparel for veterans, and this year’s results
were once again fantastic! More than 2,300 winter coats and jackets,
along with dozens of gloves, scarves and other winter apparel were
collected for local veterans. The “Coats for Vets” collection was
spearheaded by Libertyville Rotary Sunrise in cooperation with
Cleaners’ two Libertyville stores.
In recognition of their longstanding support for “Coats for Vets,”
the Zengeler family was presented with the Seven Seals Award, the
highest civilian honor awarded by Veterans’ organizations. The award
was presented to Robert Zengeler, Sr., Tom Zengeler (President of
Zengeler Cleaners) and Tom’s son Andrew at the January 30th meeting of
Libertyville Rotary Sunrise at Lambs Farm in Libertyville. Making the
award even more special, it was presented by Allen Lynch, a
Congressional Medal of Honor recipient – the military’s highest honor.
Speaking on behalf of his family while accepting the Seven Seals
Award, Tom Zengeler acknowledged there was widespread support of
volunteers businesses, but most importantly from the support of our
Rotary Club for the annual collection. “The success of the drive was
due to the combined efforts of many individuals and companies,” he
stated. “With so many American veterans finding it difficult to find
meaningful employment in today’s economy, it was an easy decision for
our family to get behind ‘Coats for Vets.’ We’re honored and humbled
to accept this award on behalf of everyone who donated to the
Allen Lynch received the Medal of Honor following his service as a
Sergeant in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After the war, Lynch settled in
Gurnee, Illinois, and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs,
where he advocated increased benefits for disabled veterans. He later
served as chief of the Illinois Attorney General's Veterans Rights
Bureau until his retirement in 2005. He currently volunteers at the
Veteran's Assistance Commission of Lake County, located in Waukegan,
While many of us take the basics of life for granted, food, shelter
and clothing are often quite difficult to come by for out of work
veterans. This is especially true for seasonal items, such as winter
coats and jackets . . . which is why Libertyville Rotary Sunrise
started this collection drive several years ago. Fortunately, support
has been very strong and is continuing to grow every year.
Zengeler Cleaners’ two Libertyville stores served as drop-off
locations for the donations. After the items were collected, Zengeler
Cleaners inspected, repaired as needed and cleaned every donated item.
They also supported the effort by delivering the clothing. Due to the
tremendous support for the collection drive, half of the items were
delivered in time for Veterans Day on November 11th; the remainder
delivered at a later date, allowing the drive to reach an even larger
number of needy veterans.
A picture of the Zengeler family receiving the Seven Seals Award is
enclosed. For more information about the annual Coats for Vets drive,
please contact Tom Zengeler, President, at (847) 272-6550, ext. 14, or
visit Zengeler Cleaners’ website at www.zengelercleaners.com.
Cleaners’ stores are located in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Northfield,
Winnetka, Long Grove, two stores in Libertyville and the company’s
headquarters store in Northbrook. Zengeler Cleaners . . . America's
First Family of Dry Cleaning™.