For the classrooms

Prestige Cleaner’s Project Classroom supports education throughout Blount

Prestige Cleaners President Eddie Mannis is known for offering dry cleaning delivery service in Blount County. Mannis made a different kind of delivery on Sept. 16.

The company donated $1,000 each to the foundations of Alcoa City Schools, Maryville City Schools and Blount County Schools.

The annual contribution to schools is part of Prestige Cleaners President Eddie Mannis’ initiative called “Project Classroom.”

Check presentations were made at Middlesettlements Elementary School on Sept. 16 to the directors of the school systems and the executive directors of the foundations.

“We at Prestige believe in giving back to the communities in which we have been successful,” Mannis said.

He said Project Classroom programs are funded by the company not only in Blount County, but also Knox and Anderson county schools.

In a press release, the Mannis said, “We launched this program to give schools additional funds to purchase items they may need that are not covered in the school systems’ budget.”

This year’s donations will go toward mini-grants awarded to their schools by the Alcoa City Schools Foundation and the Blount County Education Foundations. Maryville City Schools will apply the money toward a high school literacy initiative.

Bonny Millard, executive director of the Blount Education Initiative said this is the third year Prestige Cleaners has contributed funds to all three Blount County foundations.

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, nine stores in Knoxville and one in Oak Ridge and a disaster restoration division in Nashville.

The company offers a residential and office delivery service in Blount County.

For more information about the Eddie Mannis Project Classroom, visit their website,

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