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Prestige Cleaners ‘Project Classroom’ pays off for Blount schools

Eddie Mannis, president of Prestige Cleaners, presents $3,000 to the Blount County education foundations as part of the company’s Project Classroom program.  Present at the ceremony are, from left, Mike Winston, assistant director for Maryville City Schools; Alisa Teffeteller, supervisor for Blount County Schools; Sharon Hannum, president Alcoa City Schools Foundation; Eddie Mannis, president Prestige Cleaners; Amy Vagnier, principal at Foothills Elementary School; Barbara Jenkins, executive director of Maryville City Schools Foundation; and Todd White, chairman of Maryville City Schools Foundation.

Eddie Mannis, president of Prestige Cleaners, presents $3,000 to the Blount County education foundations as part of the company’s Project Classroom program. Present at the ceremony are, from left, Mike Winston, assistant director for Maryville City Schools; Alisa Teffeteller, supervisor for Blount County Schools; Sharon Hannum, president Alcoa City Schools Foundation; Eddie Mannis, president Prestige Cleaners; Amy Vagnier, principal at Foothills Elementary School; Barbara Jenkins, executive director of Maryville City Schools Foundation; and Todd White, chairman of Maryville City Schools Foundation.

Prestige Cleaners recently donated $1,000 to each of the education foundation in Blount County. Eddie Mannis, president of Prestige Cleaners, gave the donations as part of the company’s Project Classroom.

Prestige presented a check for $1,000 each to the Alcoa City Schools Foundation, Maryville Schools Foundation and Blount County Education Foundation. A ceremony at Foothills Elementary School marked the occasion, with Mannis touring the school following the presentation. The ceremony was coordinated by the Blount Education Initiative.

“We at Prestige believe in giving back to the communities in which we have been successful,” Mannis said. “Project Classroom is one of two major philanthropies sponsored by our company in Knox, Anderson and Blount Counties. We launched this program to give schools additional funds to purchase items they may need that are not covered in the school systems’ budget.”

The Alcoa and Blount County foundations will use the money toward their mini-grant programs while Maryville will put the funds toward the purchase of a Promethean board system for a classroom.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of Prestige Cleaners,” said Bonny Millard, executive director of the Blount Education Initiative. “This second year of support shows Prestige Cleaners’ continued commitment to Blount County community schools and will help our schools with technology and other unmet needs. During these tough economic times, we appreciate the company’s support.”

Mannis added that, “The education of our young people is everyone’s responsibility, and there is not any greater cause businesses can support. This is the work force of the future.”

Prestige is one of the largest independently-owned drycleaners in the country. It opened in l985 with three employees and one store. The company, headquartered in Powell, now has over 140 employees, 9 stores in Knoxville and 1 in Oak Ridge. The company has established a residential/office pickup and delivery service in Blount County and has plans to open a Blount County store location in the future.

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