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NY cleaner helps charity with Fashion Week designer gowns
 Every year, fashion junkies and habberdashers worldwide pay special heed to the glittering gowns and dazzling designer dresses that debut during New York’s Fashion Week.
 But what happens when the larger-than-life galas come to an end?
 All those expensive, beautiful garments need to be cleaned. Needless to say, the bill does not come cheaply; but one New York cleaner thought it would it be nice if some of the proceeds were funneled back into charity.
Jeeves of Belgravia, which was originally founded in 1969 and named after the famous “gentleman’s personal gentleman” created by P.G. Wodehouse, has always maintained a reputation as a high end cleaning boutique. Now, the company plans to use those skills for charity.
 Jeeves’ “Fashion Clean for Charity” drive officially launched during Fashion Week in early September and the company will donate a portion of the cleaning bill for any garment worn at a fundraising appearance to that client’s chosen charity. The fundraising drive will last until the end of the Fall social season in New York.
 “Instead of us buying a ticket, for example, to the Operation Smile event and going and just doing the one, this enables us to give to all the same places our customers are giving,” noted Managing Director Jerry Pozniak.
 A portion of the proceeds could turn out to be quite hefty since Jeeves spends a lot of time cleaning such garments and charges appropriately.
 “A gown at Jeeves starts at $249 and goes up from there, depending on how complicated the dress is,” Pozniak added. “It could be $750 or higher. Each dress is looked at as an individual and then we price it accordingly depending on how much labor has to go into it. A lot of what we do never goes into a drycleaning machine. It’s hours and hours and hours of hand labor.”
 By mid-September, the company had only received a small number of gowns to clean so far, but Pozniak believes that number will go up after Fashion Week concludes and the charity balls begin. For more information, visit

NCA seminars on marketing, stain approval
 Looking ahead at the remainder of National Cleaners Association’s 2012 educational schedule, there are still a few classes yet to come.
 On Wednesday, Oct. 10 in Boston, there will be a morning class on “Marketing, Mail and More” and an afternoon offering of “Harnessing the Power of Local and Social Facebook.”
 The programs will take place again in Nanuet, NY on Sunday, Oct. 14. The cost is $59 each for members and $99 each for non-members.
 Also coming up is an eight-hour combination course that will focus on stain removal and intensive bleaching. It is set to take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bronx.
 Tuition is $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
 In the following month, NCA has planned a seven-hour course on “Technical Training at the Counter for Customer Service Reps” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Nanuet, NY.
 The cost is $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
 For more information or to register for any of NCA’s upcoming seminars, contact them at (212) 967-3002.