800 students were invited to participate in an indulgent day of prom ‘shopping’, free of charge!“Money has always been something that we only had enough of for food and rent. As soon as senior year came, I was not as excited for prom as others in my grade. I would get emotional because I knew I wouldn’t be able to buy a dress. Hearing about Belle of the Ball made me excited for prom. I felt beautiful in the dress I chose. I appreciate this organization so much!” – Sadie Stephens, Belle of the Ball 2016 Belle of the Ball, a program of Caring Partners, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed with a mission of providing prom dresses and related accessories at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend their school’s prom. For more information about the 2017 Boutique Day, or to get involved in 2018, visit www.antons.com/belle
New location at 116 W. Broadway premieres 24-hour pickup kiosk for VIP Express customersSOUTH BOSTON, Mass. (October 25, 2016) – Anton’s Cleaners, based in Tewksbury, Mass. is proud to announce the opening a new South Boston store at 116 West Broadway. The new store is Anton’s 43rd location, chosen to meet the needs of South Boston residents after extensive market research. The dry cleaning company’s other downtown locations are on Beacon Hill (37 Charles Street) and Back Bay (Church Park, 203 Mass. Ave.) “We are pleased to finally find the perfect location in South Boston – an area of the city we’ve been watching grow and thrive over the last five years,” said Arthur Anton Jr., CEO of Anton’s Cleaners. “It took us years to find the right place, but we are convinced that South Boston will be just as successful as our Beacon Hill and Back Bay stores because of its proximity to condominiums and working professionals who need to look their best. We are looking forward to a great relationship with the neighborhood, and are thrilled to unveil our first-ever 24-hour kiosk at this new store.” The new store will be managed by Deana Calderon of Boston. She brings many years of dry cleaning and customer service experience to the new South Boston Anton’s Cleaners. The store is located in a busy and accessible South Boston neighborhood near the intersection of Rt. 93 and the Mass. Turnpike. With over 100 years of customer service expertise, Anton’s Cleaners is bringing a new twist to their popular and free VIP Express service: a first-ever 24-hour pickup kiosk. For customers who work non-traditional hours, this easy drop off/pickup service can’t get any more convenient. All VIP Express members receive two free clothing bags, ready-today service, automatic credit card payments, no drop-off/pickup waiting, and monthly savings by email – all at no extra charge. There’s even a way to give us special care instructions in the pouch of your VIP bag. To join, sign up online at https://www.antons.com/cms/services/vip-express/.
Belle of the Ball cleans and distributes prom dresses and provides related accessories at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend their school’s prom. The 11th annual Boutique Day took place on April 11, 2015!
Want to get involved? Proms are expensive and our participants need more than a beautiful dress. Financial donations are needed in order to purchase shoes, jewelry, handbags, makeup, and other accessories. 100% of the proceeds go directly towards purchasing accessories for participants for the 2016 season. To make a monetary donation, visit here.
Anton’s Cleaners collects prom dresses for girls in-need. In 2014, we collected a total of 6,244 gowns. We recently held our annual Boutique Day on April 5, 2014 where nearly 500 students walked away with everything they needed for prom.
Belle of the Ball distributes cleaned prom dresses at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school’s prom. Unlike other prom gown collection drives, this program culminates with a day-long boutique where deserving girls are invited for a day of personal shopping and pampering. Last year over 400 deserving girls participated in Boutique Day.
To learn more about Belle of the Ball, please click here.
Anton’s Cleaners brings you “bite-size” fashion advice by expert stylist Mary Lou Andre to help start your week!
Each Monday, the Anton’s Cleaners Facebook page will feature a new, exclusive fashion tip by Mary Lou to help keep you looking your best!
To see all of Mary Lou’s quick tips for the month, visit our Fashion Advice page.
As Anton’s fashion expert, Mary Lou Andre provides timely and relevant fashion advice for Anton’s customers. She is the president of Organization By Design Inc, a wardrobe management and fashion consulting firm based in Needham, MA. The author of “Ready to Wear: An Expert’s Guide to Choosing and using your Wardrobe” her professional image commentary and fashion tips are regularly featured in the national media such as Real Simple, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
On Wednesday, June 12th, over 350 people gathered at the UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center for Hearts Warmed. Hearts Warmed was a celebration of Anton’s Cleaners 100 years in business, honoring Arthur C. Anton, Sr., as well as a fundraising effort for Caring Partners, Inc., a 501c(3) tax-exempt organization. The event raised nearly $210,000 from individual ticket sales, sponsors, and donations, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit.
Caring Partners develops and implements programs to collect and distribute good-quality articles of clothing to children, individuals, and families in need. Serving Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, Caring Partners presently sponsors two annual programs, Belle of the Ball in the spring, and Coats for Kids in the fall.
For more pictures of the event, please click here.
Photos by Meghan Moore/Megpix
For more information how Caring Partners, Inc or to make a monetary donation, please visit the Caring Partners website at www.caringpartnersinc.org
Anton’s Cleaners was presented with the 2012 Community Excellence Award by the Family Business Association, a non-profit organization created to honor family businesses and recognize excellence at the annual awards program. The award recognized Anton’s Cleaners for our ongoing community relations programs,Coats for Kids and Belle of the Ball.Anton’s believes in leveraging the resources of the company to assist those in need, which is why we have donated over $10,000,000 in clothing care services since Coats for Kids began in 1995 and Belle of the Ball began in 2005.
From Boston Business Journal by Mary Moore
Arthur Anton Jr. is in the business of cleaning clothes with his company, Tewksbury-based Anton’s Cleaners, but he has found a way to help people along the way. One charitable initiative is an annual coat drive — Coats for Kids — during which Anton’s collects more than 50,000 coats between October and January. They then are distributed through various nonprofits, such as the Salvation Army.
Anton’s is perhaps best known for Belle of the Ball — collecting and distributing prom donated dresses. One day each April, Anton’s invites eager prom-goers to Simmons College, where they can browse the selection and find something they like. The first event featured just dresses, and now it includes shoes and accessories, he said.(more…)