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Fashions cleaned, pressed and for sale at Operation Hope benefit

Published 2:36 pm, Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Ever wonder what happens to dry cleaning that never gets picked up?

Some of those fashions will be sold off in Fairfield later this month during an event to benefit the nonprofit Operation Hope.

Some 700 clothing items that were cleaned and pressed, but abandoned by their owners, have been donated to the local shelter and food-bank operator by the Korean American Drycleaners Association of Connecticut.

They will be for sale during two sessions at Operation Hope's 636 Old Post Road headquarters -- Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"This is going to be such a fun event," Gwen Burroughs, Operation Hope development administrator, said in a news release. "We have a treasure trove of fashionable clothing generously donated by the KADA -- all priced to sell."

Operation Hope said it would request a $1 entry donation and garments would be "reasonably priced." Volume discounts will be available.

All proceeds benefit Operation Hope, it said.

Operation Hope operates homeless shelters and a food bank, and it provides affordable housing and life-skills training to the needy.

The dry cleaners' association was formed 17 years ago by a small group of shop owners and now has more than 50 active members.

Myong Yong Lee, owner of Superior Cleaners in Fairfield, is the association president.

and part of its mission is to improve communities in which its members operate by charitable giving, business promotion and awarding scholarships.