Zengeler Cleaners collects more than 3,000 coats for drive
For the past few years, Libertyville Rotary Sunrise and Zengeler Cleaners have
together with the goal of collecting coats and other much-needed winter garments
The most recent 2013 drive proved to be a successful one, with 3,116 coats
“There are many daunting challenges facing our veterans as they return from
said Tom Zengeler, president of Zengeler Cleaners. “The two leading examples are readjusting
to civilian life and returning to the workforce. Sadly, many of the jobs they
held before leaving
to serve their country are no longer available, which makes the prospects of
work more difficult than ever.”
Zengeler believes the Coats for Vets drive is a good way to help lessen that
“To help in this time of need, Libertyville Rotary Sunrise, Zengeler Cleaners,
and many others wanted to make a positive difference in their lives as a way to
gratitude for the sacrifices they’ve made on behalf of all Americans,” he added.
For out-of-work veterans, warm winter items such as coats, jackets, gloves,
other accessories can be particularly hard to come by, which is why the drive
launched a few years ago.
“Support for this worthy cause has grown each year,” Zengeler noted. “Many people came
together with timely donations to show how much we care about our veterans.”
This year’s drive gathered coats that were valued at more than $300,000 altogether.
Zengeler Cleaners utilized its two Libertyville stores to serve as drop-off
donations. Once the garments were collected, the company inspected, repaired and
every item before delivering everything in time to be distributed for Veterans
Day on November
The Zengeler family has long held ties as Rotarians. Tom Zengeler is a charter
member of the
Libertyville Rotary Sunrise Chapter, which was formed in 1987, and his father,
Sr., is currently in his 57th year with the group.
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional
provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all
vocations, and works to
build peace and goodwill in the world.
There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to more than 34,200
Zengeler Cleaners, started in 1857, is one of America’s oldest drycleaning companies.
It is currently owned and run by the fifth generation of the same family that
The company has seven stores in Illinois in Deerfield, Hubbard Woods,
Northbrook, Northfield and Winnetka.