Car wash owner continues fundraiser for wounded vets

Pictured is Monty Wolfe (left) with his son Alex, who is the manager of Sure Shine Auto Wash. (Spencer Michelson photo)

Paying for a car wash will do more than just clean a car this Saturday. Sure Shine Auto Wash, 702 N. Market Street in Waterloo, will be holding its second annual Wounded Warrior Project fundraiser from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

“First of all, a lot of our young men and women who go and fight for our freedom comeback wounded and they don’t get the support that they should get,” said Monty Wolfe, owner of the car wash. “This program helps them and goes above and beyond what they get from the government for their service.”

The Wounded Warrior Project is a charity and veterans service organization that has a wide variety of programs to help wounded veterans of military actions.

Last year, Wolfe told the Republic-Times that he saw a TV program about the organization and wanted to do something to help. Wolfe said the fundraiser brought in around $3,500 last year, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward Wounded Warriors.

“We donate all the money that people use to wash their cars that day,” Wolfe said. “We don’t take our costs out of that, so 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior program.”

Wolfe said patrons should bring either a cash or check.

“I guess the best way to put this is that I always like to use the phrase that our freedom doesn’t come easy,”

Wolfe said. “These young men and women allow us to stay here and eat food on our table, sleep in our beds and when they come home, they need to be treated with the most respect. They deserve the best.”

Wolfe fully supports military personnel. Every Veterans Day, he washes veterans’ vehicles for free and gives them a t-shirt.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit

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