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Recycling for charity

Shaffer collects, cleans eveningwear for fundraiser

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Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 4:00 am

For the third year in a row, Shaffer Dry Cleaning & Laundry is helping collect gently used evening wear and donate dry cleaning services to prepare the garments for resale at Angel Charity for Children’s Bags, Baubles & Ball Gowns. 

The resale fundraising event will be held April 14 at the Tucson Country Club.  Donations of formal gowns, cocktail dresses and other eveningwear can be dropped off at any of Shaffer Dry Cleaning’s 11 locations throughout Tucson.

Bake Shaffer, owner of Shaffer Dry Cleaning & Laundry, estimates his company cleans about 600 dresses each year for this event. 

“We are proud to sponsor this fantastic event,” Shaffer said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to recycle unused garments in their closets, which can then be sold to raise money to support Angel Charity’s beneficiaries. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

Shaffer added that many of his employees look forward each year to Bags, Baubles & Ball Gowns. 

“Our staff doesn’t see this as extra work, but rather, an opportunity to provide valuable community service. And they enjoy previewing and taking care of the many beautiful dresses that come through our shops,” Shaffer said. “We’re geared up, immediately ready to accept, what I hope will be, a flood of donated eveningwear over the next month for Angel Charity.”

For a list of locations, visit or call 327-4600.

Angel Charity for Children is an all-volunteer organization that has raised more than $20 million and funded 50 different local children’s organizations. These dollars have been used to construct new buildings, renovate and expand old ones, fund scientific research, retire mortgages and support much-needed programs.

More than one million children have benefited from the services that Angel Charity for Children and its donors have funded over the past 28 years.

For more information about Bags, Baubles & Ball Gowns, call 326-3686.

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