New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) raised more than $3,000 from its seventh annual car wash, which took place in Lindenwood on Sunday, June 23.
Organizers held the wash in conjunction with a car show by the Bow Wow Boys Car Club.
The money will go toward rebuilding the NYFAC facility, which opened in April after suffering Sandy-related damage and a subsequent setback.
Organizers said the day was about the members of NYFAC, both staff and students, having fun in the sun and helping to raise money.
Karen Long, a NYFAC board member who chaired the event, said people came all day to pitch in. Some donated without getting a wash.
“They’re even passing in their cars giving us five dollars,” she added. “We have a great time. This is like the best fundraiser. It’s fun, we’re outdoors.”
Long’s son, Robert, is a member of NYFAC. The parent said he has been enjoying the new facility and the new programs.
Long said the community has been supportive of the rebuilding.
“People have been generous,” she said. “But there’s still work that has to be done.”
The facility was originally slated to open in early November 2012. NYFAC President Andrew Baumann said rebuilding the facility has been a long road, but the car wash was a day for everyone to have fun for a good cause.
“Today’s all about fun,” he said. “You can’t not do what you’ve always done. You can’t let nature hold you down.”