Prom Season is Also Giving Season - Hallak Cleaners Joins The Johnson Public Library in Giving Back

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Hallak Cleaners provided restoration services for donated prom dresses.

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On April 6th, 2019, the Johnson Public Library held a special event featuring over a thousand donated formal gowns on their way to prom. Unfortunately, a week before their big debut the library experienced a slight issue. Some of the gowns suffered slight water damage.

To remediate the situation, the library staff knew they could count on Hallak Cleaners. The cleaners’ restoration team are experts in handling situations such as water damage. In fact, they are a trusted name among insurance carriers for post-construction, fire and smoke damage as well. The damaged gowns were saved and ready for their night out - and the restoration services were donated compliments of Hallak.

About twenty gowns required a thorough cleaning or restoration. All water-damaged dresses were thoroughly inspected, spot-cleaned, cleaned, finished and then a final inspection. Several of the gowns’ journey at Hallak were documented. By saving these garments, it means that they were sure to find a happy home soon enough.

Prom season is a special time for so many teens. For some, it can be a stressful time due to money and outside obligations; however, prom night should be that one special moment where a teen gets to be a teen. The Johnson Public Library provided a wonderful solution for teens needing a little help from the community. The library reached out to nine other local libraries to be part of the collection process. Other participating libraries were Closter, Demarest, Glen Rock, Old Tappan, Paramus, Ramsey, Township of Washington, Waldwick and Wyckoff.

After the event, Hallak Cleaners checked in with Laurie Meeske, Community Relations and Outreach Librarian (Johnson Public Library). She stated that nearly fifty young ladies attended – and everyone left with something. Along with prom dresses, there were donated shawls, purses and jewelry to choose from. Some of the restored gowns found a new home that day. Hallak is happy to hear that they were able to be part of such an important event. Operation Prom collected any remaining dresses; they will continue to be offered at future giveaway events throughout New Jersey.This year’s Operation Prom was a success and the future looks bright.

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