Competitive Car Wash Created to Contribute to Commendable Cause

By: Caitlin Vanlaningham Last Updated: September 24, 2012

In the parking lot of the Michigan City Police Department, there was a battle commencing. Hoses, buckets, and sponges (oh my!) were in full swing as the Michigan City Police Department squared off with the Michigan City Fire Department and Michigan City Area Schools (MCAS) on Friday morning. It was the second annual Car Wash Competition.  The fire department held their car wash in the parking lot of Station 4 in Michigan City and the MCAS’s was held at their Administration Building which is also located in Michigan City.

Chief of Police Mark Swistek was there, and despite the uncooperative weather, he was optimistic.

“I’m very pleased with the participation from our staff that have come out to help us today,” said Swistek. “And from the citizens that have come through. We’ve had a lot of people come through, and we’re only three hours into this!”

The cost for a wash $5, but many gave upwards of $10 and $20 to help support the cause. All proceeds from the car washes went to the United Way of La Porte County. A raffle was also held for a refurbished 1968 Ford Mustang. The drawing will be held at the United Way Auction on November 9, 2012 at the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa.

The competition began at 9am. Unfortunately, MCAS had to cancel their car wash because of the rain, and the police department had to quit an hour and a half earlier than the set end time which was 3pm. The MCAS car was was rescheduled for September 28 from 2:30-6pm at their Administration Building. Be sure to go and get your car washed because they’re still in the competition!

It’s great to see people brave the elements to make good things happen. They are the physical examples of kindness. Hopefully next year will be even bigger and better, come rain or shine!

To find out more about the Michigan City Police Department click here!  Go check out their Facebook page!

Want to know more about the Michigan City Fire Department? Click here!

Click here to find out more about Michigan City Area Schools!

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