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Expanding Our Prom Dress Partnership in Lake County

Zengeler Cleaners Partners With Mothers Trust Foundation’s

2019 “Pop UP Prom Shoppe” Initiative

For nearly two decades, Zengeler Cleaners has hosted a huge collection drive for prom dresses and accessories in support of the Glass Slipper Project. The historic cleaner is excited to announce the addition of a new partnership with Mothers Trust Foundation, who will provide a similar service for local high school students: the distribution of lovingly-worn prom dresses and accessories at no cost to students currently enrolled in any Lake County, IL, high school.

Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF) is a Lake Forest-based organization that has provided immediate assistance to children throughout Lake County since 1998.

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Students choose their dresses!

We are extremely pleased to support this new opportunity for local high school students. We’ve always believed there was a need to offer free prom dresses and accessories for Lake County high schools. Hats off to Mothers Trust Foundation for making this happen!

The two-day, no-cost event hosted by MTF was called “Pop-Up Prom Shoppe" and was open to any Lake County student with a high school ID. The prom dresses and accessories were distributed at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 6, and Sunday, April 7, in the auditorium and conference center located inside Entrance A. The facility includes several rooms that offer private changing accommodations, and volunteers were on on hand to help each student select the perfect dress.

“Mothers Trust Foundation was excited to launch our first Pop-Up Prom Shoppe", according to Susan Suhling, Executive Director of MTF. “We received so much positive support from everyone involved – local schools, our Board of Directors and volunteers – all worked tirelessly to make the event a huge success."

MTF promoted the Pop-Up Prom Shoppe by sending a series of notices to all Lake County High Schools and with a number of postings on Facebook. The weekend was a huge success.

“Mothers Trust Foundation would like to thank everyone who helped make our Pop-Up Prom Shoppe possible,” continued Suhling. “Special thanks to Zengeler Cleaners for collecting thousands of dresses, Home Depot for providing racks to hold the dresses and mirrors so our young ‘shoppers’ can see how fabulous they’ll look wearing their prom dress, The Grand (Appliance) Foundation for providing additional funding support and the College of Lake County for allowing us to use their beautiful Grayslake facility.”

Zengeler Cleaners
Students choose from thousands of dresses.

Most of the dresses collected by Zengeler Cleaners come from high school students in Lake and northern Cook Counties, while others are donated by individuals who often purchase brand new dresses and donate them to the annual collection drive. The result: thousands of students for whom prom was out of reach because of the expense now have an opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of memories.

The partnership with College of Lake County added a unique educational dimension to the Pop-Up Prom Shoppe. A continuous-loop video ran in the auditorium throughout the event, providing helpful information about continuing educational opportunities at both CLC and the Technology Campus. CLC staff was on hand to answer questions about how to apply, financial aid opportunities and the admissions process.

MTF was founded in 1998 by Barbara Monsor following her 18-year career at Youth Guidance in Chicago, where she witnessed firsthand how a seemingly small amount of assistance might change a challenging situation for a child. Her idea: connect people in desperate situations with those who want to provide assistance where it will truly make a difference. Barbara’s vision was to focus on the individual child/youth. MTF responds quickly to provide support for specific, short-term needs not funded by other sources, working with over 200 Lake County schools and social service providers who identify the needs and present them to MTF.

From its first grant in 1998 through the end of 2018, MTF has assisted nearly 37,000 children and their families with $2.9 million in grants – helping make the impossible possible.

More information about the Mothers Trust Foundation is available at

Thanks for reading! ~ Tom Zengeler

For more information about Zengeler Cleaners, please contact Tom Zengeler at (847) 272-6550, ext. 14, or visit Zengeler Cleaners’ stores are located in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Long Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Winnetka, and two in Libertyville.

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