Ha! You though I was going to post a workout, didn’t you? Well, not today, but it still was hot and sweaty for the cross country team (and the coaches). We had our first ever Cross Country Car Wash!
We were busy! The team probably washed about 150 vehicles this morning, a steady line that started at 7:00 and didn’t taper off until right near the end at 11:00. The key to our success was pre-selling the tickets. That and enthusiastic teenagers and one coach waving in the cars from the street.
Seriously, if you ever have a group for which you are going to do a car wash fundraiser, sell those tickets in advance. Each member of our team was responsible for selling a certain amount of tickets at $10 each, so we knew we had a successful event before we even started.
The money we raise, by the way, goes toward paying for our entry fees into the invitational races that we attend. Over the next two months we will travel from San Diego to Huntington Beach (those are our favorites because we get to go to the beach), to Cal Poly and Mt. SAC (the biggest cross country meet in the country). All on an (un-airconditioned) yellow school bus.
Special thanks to the kind folks at the Palm Desert 76 gas station, who let us use their property, power, and water. And extra special appreciation to George Suarez, Sr., the father of one of our athletes, who just happens to own a mobile car wash company. He was out there with his equipment, keeping everything moving, making sure the job was done right, and working his own butt off right along with the team. That’s him in the “Large & in Charge” shirt.
In addition to George, his wife, and brother, other team family members were there to help, some washing and vacuuming right along with the team. One mom got Starbucks to donate some coffee and condiments, another (who owns a bakery!) donated some baked goods, yet another brought water, snacks, and bought pizza at the end of the event. We’ve got great team parents. Thank you so much!
Just as special were a few former team members, who have graduated and moved on to college, who stopped by to stay hi, then stuck around to help out.
We had a great event and we raised about $2,500! Well worth baking in the sun for a few hours (it was around 102 degrees when we finished). Go Aztecs!
Do you stop for high school or church car washes? Do you work with an organization that does car washes to raise funds. Will you pre-sell from now on?