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Worth the weight. Lapels Dry Cleaning’s annual clothing drive to benefit Big Brother Big Sister raises more than 13,000 pounds of clothing

Worth the weight. Lapels Dry Cleaning’s annual clothing drive to benefit Big Brother Big Sister raises more than 13,000 pounds of clothing


June 29, 2016

Clothing Drive 2016 - Lapels CohassetIn terms of fundraising efforts, Lapels Dry Cleaning’s Annual Clothing Drive to benefit Big Brother Big Sister carried its weight—figuratively and literally. This year’s drive generated 13,180 pounds, about the equivalent of more than $13,000. The 13,108 represents an all-time high for the annual drive, which, ironically, Lapels Dry Cleaning has been conducting for the past 13 years.

Held from May 7 to May 22, Lapels Dry Cleaning stores in six states– Arizona, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Jersey—collected clothing from Lapels customers and the general public. The clothing will be sold at Big Brother Big Sister-affiliated thrift shops in those respective states. The sales of those items will go to fund mentoring programs for young girls and boys in those states.

“I guess 13 is our lucky number. We have conducted the Big Brother Big Sister Clothing Drive for 13 years now and we raised more tha $13,000! Each year this drive gets bigger and bigger,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. “We could not have done this without the support of the customers and the communities we serve.”

The “13” theme continues with the clothing drive leaders–Lapels Dry Cleaning of Cohasset and Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston at 621 Tremont Street. Each generated 1,380 pounds of clothing to tie for most donations. Lapels Dry Cleaning of Cohasset was the top generator in 2015 and Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston took the lead in 2014.

“The amount raised by our Massachusetts stores, 10,878, is very impressive,” said Dubois. “What’s even more impressive is how states like New Jersey (1,037 pounds) and Arizona (575 pounds) with only a few stores generated so many donations.”

“We would like to thank Lapels Dry Cleaning and its franchise owners for once again coming through with a record-breaking fundraiser,” said Steve Beck, of The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation. “I know people associate Lapels Dry Cleaning with being environmentally friendly. Based on the annual success of this clothing drive, I’d have to say they are pretty friendly to the local community as well.”

For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit www.mylapels.com.

Lapels Dry Cleaning – Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
Each Lapels Dry Cleaning store offers a full slate of services, including: same-day dry cleaning; shirt service; tailoring; shoe repair; wedding gown preservation; suede and leather processing; box storage and fur storage. Lapels Dry Cleaning has stores in Arizona (Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale), California (Poway), Colorado (Littleton), Connecticut (Cromwell), Florida (Fleming Island, Orange Park, Tampa) Louisiana (Monroe, West Monroe, Delhi, Rayville, Winnsboro), Massachusetts (Abington, Allston, Bedford, Boston, Boston Seaport, Braintree, Brighton, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Hanover, Hingham, Kingston, Marshfield, Martha’s Vineyard, Natick, Needham, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Stoughton, Walpole, Waltham, Wakefield, Wellesley, Westford, Westwood and Wilmington), Michigan (Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield), Mississippi (New Albany, Tupelo, Pontotoc), Missouri (Wildwood), New Jersey (Brick), Ohio (Liberty Township), Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma City), Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg), South Carolina (Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island), Texas (Bee Cave, Brownsville). Additional locations are coming soon to Boston, MA, Burlington, MA, Canton, MA, Malden, MA, Oxford, MS, Somerville, NJ and the first international store in Doha Qatar.

Lapels Dry Cleaning has received a number of accolades in the franchise world. That includes being ranked as the number one franchise in the Dry Cleaning and Delivery Services category for Entrepreneur’s Annual “Franchise 500” for 2016. 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.

Lapels has also achieved acclaim in the dry cleaning industry. Lapels Dry Cleaning CEO Kevin Dubois is the co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business, sold on Amazon.com.

Lapels Dry Cleaning 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 [email protected]. Additional information and up-to-date company news can also be found on the company’s website, www.lapelsdrycleaning.com.