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Prom Dress Collection Drive Scores Another Huge Success

5,741 dresses donated as prom season returns for area high schools

After patiently waiting for prom season to return to local high schools, Mothers Trust Foundation enthusiastically hosted their 2022 Pop Up Prom Shoppes from March 11th-13th. The free dress giveaway was a wonderful collaboration between Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF), Zengeler Cleaners, College of Lake County and University Center of Lake County. The 2022 collection drive for prom dresses and accessories was once again spearheaded by Zengeler Cleaners, including donations from area high schools, the Vernon Area Township Library District and Zengeler Cleaners customers.

On Friday morning, March 11, 100+ students experienced a college visit day that included shopping for the perfect dress for their school proms. On Friday evening, event sponsors and VIPs were treated to a reception catered by the culinary students at the Lake County Tech Campus and a sneak peek into the showroom. Throughout the event, each Lake County high school was represented and CLC students were invited to participate on Sunday, March 13, with more than 450 students attending over the weekend. By Sunday afternoon, more than 1,200 dresses were given away, along with shoes, purses and jewelry … proving once again, this event truly is more than just a dress!

“Zengeler Cleaners is extremely proud to once again lead the collection drive for this worthy project,” said Tom Zengeler, President of the Midwest’s oldest and largest cleaner. “We collected 5,741 dresses and loads of accessories this year, which was amazing after two years with a limited number of proms. We also want to thank Mothers Trust Foundation for their outstanding job organizing and executing these highly successful events throughout the weekend. The partnership with both the University Center of Lake County and the College of Lake County added a unique component by providing a pathway to continuing education for all students participating in the event.”

During the weekend, more than 400 volunteers gave their time in a variety of essential roles, many serving as personal shoppers to help with dress selection. Each volunteer was essential to the success of this heartwarming, feel-good experience. And this year, Smith’s Men’s Store in Lake Forest graciously partnered with MTF to provide suits for prom for those guys in need, with the donated suits to be worn again for future events such as job interviews.

According to Marly Subido, MTF’s Office & Events Manager, “Mothers Trust Foundation was proud to partner with Zengeler Cleaners, College of Lake County and University Center of Lake County for our Pop Up Prom Shoppes. In addition to the dress and accessory shopping, this feel-good event provided an overview of the College of Lake County for high school students. Just as importantly, it provided an opportunity for Lake County residents and organizations to come together as volunteers to spread cheer in our own community. Full hearts and happy tears!”

More information about Mothers Trust Foundation is available at 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, Long Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Winnetka and Libertyville.

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