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NEFA Fall Fest coming to Sturbridge this month
Experts from across the country will gather at the North East Fabricare Association’s Sixth Annual Fall Fest 2012 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Centerin Sturbridge, MA.
Drycleaners who attend the event, which will be held from Nov. 16 to 18, will have a full lineup of speakers along with table-top exhibits by allied trades.
The featured topics and speakers for Saturday include: “Managing Your Business as Your Biggest Asset” by Dave Brown and David Kammet; “The 12 Most Spotless Reasons You Need to be on Social Media” by Peg Fitzpatrick; “Where Are We, How Did We Get Here and What Are We Going to Do About It?” by Don Desrosiers; and “The New Environmental Reality: Vapor Intrusion, New Standards and Alternative Solvent Concerns,” a panel discussion by Robert Fasanella, Maureen Dooley, Bill Hoyerman and Peter Woodward.
On Sunday morning, Diane Ravencroft of Fit to Lead will present “Educating, Training and Managing Your Customer Service Team.”
That program will be followed by another from Lorraine Muir of DLI’s Analysis Laboratory. She will offer the latest fashion and fabric report covering new and potentially problematic garments that are making their way to drycleaning plants.
For a social networking opportunity, NEFA will host a cocktail reception and silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The reception and auction will feature entertainment and food and the auction will include a range of items from weekend get-aways and sports tickets to products and services to help the drycleaner’s business.
Full registration packages for the weekend are available at a cost of $250 for members and $300 for non-members, and $199 and $249 for additional members and non-members, respectively.
Those who do not plan on attending the entire weekend may purchase partial registration packages.
The cost is $150 per person for the Saturday sessions only, which includes breakfast and lunch. Attendees of the Sunday sessions and brunch only pay $75 per members and $99 per non-member.
The Saturday evening dinner and silent auction costs $50 per person.
For information or to register, call NEFA, (800) 442-6848 or visit
Anton’s begins 18th coat drive
During the first 17 years of its annual Coats for Kids drive, Anton’s Cleaners has helped collect, clean and distribute over 744,000 winter garments, an estimated $8.5 million in cleaning costs overall.
Last year’s drive brought in over 56,000 garments with the help of 261 schools and 315 corporate and community partners. While the number of collected coats varies from year to year, the mission remains the same: anyone who needs a coat will have one.
Earlier this year that commitment was honored when the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights honored the company with its 2012 Ubuntu Award at Boston Medical Center.
This year the 99-year-old company with 42 locations officially kicked off on Monday, Oct. 15 and will run through January 12, 2013.