BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Brooklyn-based Bridgestone Cleaners recently made prom season extra special for local teens by donating the professional dry cleaning of more than 50 prom gowns to Operation PROM’s Brooklyn chapter.
The dry cleaner had previously offered its downtown Brooklyn locations as drop-off points for the non-profit organization to help collect prom formal wear, like dresses and tuxedos, for less fortunate students.
A member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, Bridgestone Cleaners has cleaned and cared for gowns of all occasions, the company says. Considering this, owner Ken Kinzer wanted to help the organization one step further this year by donating dry cleaning services.
“We met with the Operation PROM people and instantly recognized this was a good thing being done for Brooklyn’s young people, and we wanted to help,” he says.
Shaniqua Schloss, Operation PROM’s Brooklyn chapter director, was grateful for the assistance, citing Bridgestone as having played a fundamental role in making the organization’s first Free Prom Dress Giveaway a “huge success.”
She says her organization greatly appreciated Bridgestone’s willingness to serve as a drop-off location, to dry clean the prom dresses, and to provide the wearers with dry cleaning coupons.