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Car Wash To Benefit Thon With Weekly Fundraiser

by on February 01, 2014 8:45 AM

Paterno's University Drive Car Wash is kick-starting a weekly fundraiser to benefit THON this weekend, donating all proceeds to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon to help conquer childhood cancer.

Every Thursday in February will be "Thon-Thursday," giving the community yet another opportunity to support the Four Diamonds Fund. All the money collected from self-serve and automatic washes, including vacuums and carpet shampoo, and will go directly to THON.

"We're looking for stronger energy with the community," says David Paterno, co-owner of the 24- hour car wash located off University Drive behind Snappy's and Burger King.

Paterno says the car wash will be serving free coffee and donuts from 8am - 2pm this weekend as the fundraiser gets underway. If the weather cooperates, customers are encouraged to hose down, scrub up, and vacuum their vehicles.

Although cold temperatures make less-than-ideal conditions for an outdoor car wash, Paterno says the grime left on the road by the combination of melting snow, ice, and salt is why many customers to stop in and get a quick rinse.

"Salt trucks drive all the business to the car wash," he says.

Thanks to a partnership with Snappy's gas station, located just a few steps away from Paterno's on University Drive, buying a car wash will save 10 cents per gallon at the pump. Even if the weather is poor, customers are encouraged to purchase a wash at the gas station on "Thon-Thursdays" and redeem it at a later date.

In addition to THON, Paterno says the car wash is looking into organizing more community fundraisers. School parent-teacher organizations, church groups, and youth sports teams are just a few of the organizations Paterno's Car Wash have targeted for future cooperation.

Part of our business approach is giving back to local charities," says Paterno. "'Thon-Thursdays' allows us to do this and create more awareness of our car wash."

C.J. Doon is a frequent contributor to Onward State and is a former intern. A Long Island native, Doon is studying print journalism at Penn State.
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