SOAPS IT UP 2016
120 Cars Washed in 5 Hours as VASJ Lady Viking Volleyball and Action CARSTAR Auto Body “Suds It Up” for Make-A-Wish!
We didn’t think we could do it, but we DID…again! On Saturday, August 6th (with a team of 25 plus), VASJ Lady Viking Volleyball team and Action CARSTAR Auto Body-Euclid staff again broke their record of number of cars washed at their “Suds It Up” 8th Annual car wash fundraiser. Last year the team washed 110 cars. Action CARSTAR supplied the soap and wash coordination and the girls supplied the GIRL POWER!
The partnership between Action CARSTAR and VASJ Volleyball started back in 2008 when CARSTAR shops nationally decided to hold a car wash fundraiser at each franchise to support Make-A-Wish AND try to beat the Guinness World Record for most cars washed in a single day (which they did). Then current Action CARSTAR employee Carrie Insana’s daughter was on the VASJ volleyball team so Cheryl Cameron, Action CARSTAR Rep., approached Coach Mark Royer about partnering. By partnering and bringing in sponsors the team is able to raise more money each year.
Each year the wash has been held in front of VASJ High School and the front parking lot of Euclid Hospital where hospital employees once again had the opportunity to have their cars cleaned and shined! There were no clouds to threaten the wash this year and the community came out to show their support….especially VASJ alumni. The team worked incredibly hard and was extremely successful bringing in the passing traffic….the public was very generous with donations just from their cars and they even had 2 bicyclists stop by for a scrub!
Pre-sale tickets sold by the team and donations made by Euclid Hospital/Cleveland Clinic and the Lynard Zingale-Allstate Agency (East 185th Street) helped the team raise over $2,300 this year with half going to support Make-A-Wish Foundation and the other half to support the VASJ volleyball program. Special thanks go to Coach Mark Royer and Agent Lovisha Lattimore from Zingale Allstate for their help during the wash. Donations over the past eight years totals close to $17,000 and 755 cars washed! Look for the team next summer to try to break another record! The date will be posted on the “Suds It Up” Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SudsItUpActionVASJ/.
Go Lady Vikings!