An Ablitt’s employee delivers freshly laundered prom dresses for purchase. (Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners photo)

Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners & Launderers, the environmentally friendly dry cleaners based in Santa Barbara, is taking its green philosophy to prom. In a different take on reduce, reuse and recycle, the award-winning dry cleaning business is making prom dresses available to those who can’t afford to buy one. 

According to Sasha Ablitt, business owner, “we pick up donated gowns from the Assistance League and clean them after the prom as a way of helping. We also collect gowns for donations.”

Ablitt’s also is gearing up to partner with the Assistance League, which has a “store” with an inventory of special-occasion dresses for young women to choose from. It’s a common charity for dry cleaners because of the easy fit, noted Ablitt.

“And now is the time to get on people’s minds: what will they do with the prom dresses after the prom?” she added. 

Ablitt’s currently is accepting prom gowns in good condition. To donate, call Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners & Launderers at 805.963.6677.

For information regarding buying a prom dress, contact the Assistance League at or

The last opportunity to buy a dress for this year is Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m.

Ablitt’s is located at 14 W. Gutierrez St. in downtown Santa Barbara. Its hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Jennifer Goddard Combs is a publicist representing Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners & Launderers.