Anton’s fete for 100 years raises $210K
While it was being honored recently for its 100th anniversary in business, Anton’s Cleaners used the ceremony as a means to give more back to its community.
The drycleaning business, headquartered in Tewksbury, MA, raised $210,000 when over 350 people arrived at the UMASS Lowell Inn and Conference Center for Hearts Warmed, a celebration of the company’s 100-year landmark.
The event, which took place on June 12, raised money from individual ticket sales, sponsors and donations for Anton’s non-profit organization, Caring Partners, Inc.
Through Caring Partners, Anton’s sponsors two major annual charity drives: Coats for Kids and Belle of the Ball.
“We weren’t really sure what to expect when these programs [Coats for Kids and Belle of the Ball] began, we knew it was important to give back where able; however, they have grown beyond our wildest dreams—collecting nearly 60,000 coats a year and outfitting nearly 500 girls a year for prom,” said President and CEO Charles Anton.
The business, started in 1913 by Charles Antonopoulos as a small tailoring shop, now includes 42 stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The money raised during the event will be funneled back for future use for Caring Partners’ Belle of the Ball and Coats for Kids initiatives.
Texcare, classes highlight NCA’s schedule
This October, the National Cleaners Association will offer free admission for drycleaners and co-op owners to its biennial trade show.
The Texcare 2013 Drycleaning and Coin-op Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.
The convention center is located only six minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel and is ten minutes from downtown Manhattan, Newark Airport, the Meadowlands Racetrack and the Continental Sports Arena.
NCA is currently selling booths for the show at a rate of $1,195 each with discounts available on multiple booths. Each registration entitles a company to three exhibitor badges.
While the show is free to drycleaning and co-op owners, non-exhibiting allied trades can pre-register for $200. That price goes up to $300 on site. Non-exhibiting consultants may pre-register for $100 per day in advance or $150 on site.
At this time, the association has yet to release a schedule of guest speakers for the show’s seminars; however, NCA will be offering a variety of topics for its upcoming educational sessions throughout the remainder of 2013.
Also coming up on the NCA calendars is a five-day, 40-hour course on “Radical Drycleaning/
Stain Removal” set to take place from Aug. 5 to 19 in Northvale, NJ.
The comprehensive course will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and cost $750 for members and $995 for non-members.
Later this month NCA will offer a webinar on OSHA training. The cost to participate in the telephone and web-based session, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. EDT, is $69.
Also on the horizon are several one-day offerings from the association, including a session on “Advanced Stain Removal and Intensive Bleaching” set for Sunday, Aug. 25 in the Bronx.
Like most of NCA’s one-day classes, it will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and cost $250 per member and $350 per non-member.
Other upcoming one-day courses include: “Avoiding Claims: What You Need to Know About Fabrics and Stain Removal” on Sept. 8 in Nanuet, NY; “Intermediate Stain Removal and Bleaching” in Korean on Oct. 27; “Wetcleaning” on Oct. 27 in the Bronx; and “Technical Training at the Counter for CSRs” on Nov. 24 in Nanuet, NY, which meets from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Korean cleaners who need to obtain or update their New York Department of Environmental Conservation certification will have an opportunity to take NCA’s two-day course on Sept. 8 and 13.
The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and costs $795 for members and $1,295 for non-members.
Rounding out NCA’s upcoming classes is a two-day program on “Basic Pressing and Finishing” which will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22 in the Bronx.
Tuition is $455 for members and $595 for non-members.
That course, as well as the one-day classes already mentioned, are all eligible for free tuition for the association’s Platinum Members.
For more information on NCA programs, visit the association’s web site at www.nca-i.com or call (212) 967-3002.