Bag upon bag of donated clothing has been collected and counted and now it’s official… Lapels Dry Cleaning Dry Cleaning stores collected over FIVE TONS of clothing during the semi-annual Lapels Clothing Drive to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation, making it the largest EVER clothing drive to benefit the foundation in Massachusetts!
But “Big Brother” Lawrence Friedman, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, has even bigger plans, as he enthusiastically notes, “We will be rolling out our clothing drive programs to all of our out-of-state stores this fall. We will be contacting local Big Brother Big Sister offices in the areas where we have stores in each state and putting together the same program to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation nationwide, where ever there is a Lapels Dry Cleaning location.”
Laura Damiano, Director of the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation of Boston, offered these encouraging words “Thanks again for all your efforts! Just a few years and a huge success. This is now our largest drive. Congrats!”
Spokesperson for the Big Sisters Fund in Cranston, Rhode Island, Kaurie McDermott, also thanked Lapels Dry Cleaning, saying, “On behalf of the Big Sisters Donation Center I would like to thank Lapels Dry Cleaning for running this drive for the past couple of years. We appreciate the support and hope to work with you more in the future.”
The two Rhode Island Lapels Dry Cleaning stores, located in Greenville and Lincoln, collected clothing donations to benefit the Big Sisters Fund of Rhode Island.
During the first week of May, patrons of all of the Massachusetts Lapels Dry Cleaning stores heeded the effort to clean out their closets, including the Lapels Dry Cleaning stores in: Abington, Bedford, Boston-Back Bay, Boston-Charles River Park, Brighton, Concord, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Halifax, Hanover, Lynnfield, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Randolph, Salem, Sudbury, Taunton, Westford, and Westwood.
Overall, Lapels Dry Cleaning collected over 400 bags, totaling approximately 11,000 pounds of clothing.
Look for the next Lapels Dry Cleaning Clothing Drive to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation coming to your neighborhood Lapels in October 2007!
The clothing donations collected by Lapels Dry Cleaning are sold to thrift stores and net profits are distributed back to Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, supporting their mission to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships.
Lapels Dry Cleaning Community Commitment
Being a good neighbor isn’t just a slogan at Lapels Dry Cleaning, where community involvement is quickly becoming a tradition. The Clothing Drive is a semiannual event benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation, with more stores than ever participating. In addition to conducting clothing drives, Lapels Dry Cleaning has also worked in conjunction with the American Red Cross to encourage blood donations through campaigns in their stores, and by sponsoring blood drives as well.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters serves over 200,000 children, ages 6 through 18, in 5,000 communities across all 50 states, establishing successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all. Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring makes a huge difference for the youth it serves by helping at-risk youth overcome the many challenges they face.
A Rising Star
In 2005, Lapels Dry Cleaning was ranked in Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” as well as Entrepreneur’s “Top 50 New Franchises,” identifying Lapels as one of today’s top franchise opportunities. Entrepreneur's “Franchise 500” is the best and most comprehensive rating of franchises in the world and is based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.
The Lapels Dry Cleaning Difference
With Lapels Dry Cleaning unique outsourcing advantage, Lapels retail store owners outsource dry cleaning operations, providing the best possible service and quality to customers while caring for the environment. With the establishment of franchisee owned Lapels Environmentally Friendly dry cleaning plants in Massachusetts, Lapels retail store franchisees will have unprecedented access to wholesale dry cleaning that meets Lapels Dry Cleaning rigorous standards, providing better quality at a better price.
Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise owners benefit from exclusive territories, group purchasing power, job security and unlimited earning potential. Lapels Dry Cleaning offers franchisees full training and support in every aspect of the business and a comprehensive start-up package that includes: a point-of sale computer system; an automatic clothing conveyor; a wedding gown program; retail products to sell; indoor and outdoor signage with all needed permits; a grand opening marketing package; and advertising promotion to 10,000 homes. Lapels Dry Cleaning also provides franchisees a custom web site with email, on-going training and support, custom counters, start up supplies, and much more.
Lapels (lapelsdrycleaning.com) has stores in Massachusetts (Abington, Bedford, Boston-Back Bay, Boston-Charles River Park, Brighton, Concord, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Halifax, Hanover, Lynnfield, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Randolph, Salem, Sudbury, Taunton, Westford, and Westwood); Rhode Island (Greenville and Lincoln); California (Ponoma); Louisiana (Baton Rouge); Texas (Garland and Arlington); and Washington (Kirkland). Lapels Dry Cleaning is also coming soon to East Harwich, MA; Lake Forest, CA; Peoria, AZ; Washington, DC; and Boise, ID.
Lapels – Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
A full slate of services are offered at each Lapels Dry Cleaning store, including: same-day dry cleaning; shirt service; tailoring; shoe repair; wedding gown heirlooming; suede and leather processing; box storage and fur storage.
Lapels corporate offices are located at 962 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339. To learn more about franchise opportunities with Lapels Dry Cleaning, call toll free (866) 695-2735 or email admin[.]lapelsdrycleaning.com.