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Prom Dress Drive 2022 is Here

Zengeler Cleaners Announces Partnerships For 2022 Prom Dress Collection Drive

Illinois’ Largest Dry Cleaner joins hands with Mothers Trust Foundation

and Glass Slipper Project


As the world emerges from the pandemic that has interrupted our lives since early 2020, activities are gradually getting back to normal. One such activity is a special rite of passage for most high school students: their school prom. With that in mind, Zengeler Cleaners announced it will once again collect lovingly worm prom dresses and accessories this winter, partnering with both Mothers Trust Foundation of Lake Forest and the Glass Slipper Project (GSP) in Chicago to distribute the dresses to thousands of northern Illinois high school women who otherwise could not afford to experience the joy of prom.

“After connecting with local schools, almost all are hoping to normalize their schedules and calendars, including prom,” said Tom Zengeler, President of Zengeler Cleaners. “Prom is one of those events students remember for many, many years beyond high school. Mothers Trust, Glass Slipper and Zengeler Cleaners want to ensure that the cost of a prom dress isn’t the reason someone cannot attend. With the generous donations of former students and our wonderful customers, we’ll be able to eliminate that obstacle for thousands of students.”


The Glass Slipper Project began collecting and distributing prom apparel more than 20 years ago, with their efforts supported by Zengeler Cleaners since 2003. Each spring, GSP hosts two to three “shopping boutiques,” where “personal shoppers” help students select their perfect dress. Mothers Trust Foundation began a similar program several years ago, which evolved into their spectacular “Pop-up Prom Shoppe” distribution center at the College of Lake County in 2019. Both organizations are eager to get their programs back on schedule next spring. Exact dates, times and locations will be announced in the coming months.


Zengeler Cleaners provides several very important services for the dress collection drive. In addition to working with a number of north suburban high schools to solicit donations from local students, their stores also serve as collection points for donations from individuals and businesses. Zengeler Cleaners then inspects, repairs as needed and cleans the donated items, all at no cost to MTF and GSP. This ensures every student wearing a dress from the collection drive looks their best on this important evening.


A picture of Oscar Gonzalez loading donated dresses collected by Zengeler Cleaners in previous years is attached. Additional information about Glass Slipper Project can be found at glassslipperproject.org. You can learn more about Mothers Trust Foundation at motherstrustfoundation.org. For more information about Zengeler Cleaners, please contact Tom Zengeler, President, at (847) 272-6550, ext. 14, or visit zengelercleaners.com. Zengeler Cleaners’ stores are in Northbrook, Deerfield, Hubbard Woods, Northfield, Winnetka, Long Grove and two stores in Libertyville. Zengeler Cleaners … America's First Family of Dry Cleaning™.

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