Local car wash hosting Wounded Warrior fundraiser

Sure Shine Auto Wash in Waterloo, IL

A local business owner wants everyone to come get their cars washed Saturday, Sept. 20 for a good cause.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, owner Monty Wolfe of Sure Shine Auto Wash at 702 N. Market Street in Waterloo will be donating 100 percent of car wash proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“I have a soft spot in my heart for the military,” Wolfe said.

After seeing a program on TV about the Wounded Warrior Project, Wolfe wanted to do something to help.

“One of the things they talked about in the program was buying Segways for bilateral amputees,” Wolfe said. “This gives them both mobility and dignity.”

The program called for help in purchasing these Segways because of their high price tag, and Wolfe wants to be a part of their fundraising efforts.

“We’re going to clear all the vaults and donate all the money we get that day to the Wounded Warrior Project,” he said. “We’d love to earn enough to be able to buy someone a Segway.”

Wolfe said he hopes his idea inspires other businesses in town to do similar efforts.

Every Veterans Day, Wolfe washes veterans’ vehicles for free and gives them a T-shirt.

“I started doing that 10 years ago, and last year I washed 119 vehicles,” he said. “It was absolutely awesome.”

Nearly 83 percent of all WWP expenditures went to provide services and programs for wounded warriors and their families in 2011, which is one reason why Wolfe thinks this is the perfect organization to benefit from his car wash day.

“(The project) has been around for 10 years and has done a lot of great things,” he said. “It’s direct benefits to them.”

He calls Waterloo an “extremely generous town” and hopes they have an excellent turnout.

“This has nothing to do with me as a person or the car wash.

It’s just an outlet we can use to do some good,” Wolfe said. “The more money we can give away, the happier I’m going to be.”

On Sept. 20, Sure Shine Auto Wash will only be able to accept cash and checks so that the money can go directly to the Wounded Warrior Project. He plans to present a check to the organization on Monday.

If it rains next Saturday, Wolfe said he will move the date to Sunday.

“But even if it rains, I hope that people have big enough hearts to come out and donate anyway,” he said. “It’s not about the car wash. It’s about giving to a good cause.”

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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