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Car wash benefits the American Cancer Society

Bring your cans, bottles and pennies for donations

Support for the American Cancer Society and its Relay for Life event continues to shine in the Estacada area, this time in the form of a car wash and a can/bottle/penny drive being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Estacada Les Schwab, 140 S.W. Frontage Road.

Two of three Relay for Life teams sponsored by Northwest Technologies will be on hand to wash cars for donations as well as collect aluminum cans, glass bottles and pennies, with all proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society.

'This will be the second year we are holding this event,' Northwest Technologies Purchasing Manager Chanty Goit says. 'We will do a full car wash by donation and then people can bring us their bottles, cans and pennies, and we will turn all of those in and give the money to the American Cancer Society as well.'

When Goit previously organized the fundraiser, her teams were able to collect $111.11 in pennies.

'It was a big 5 gallon bucket,' she says. 'Everyone has pennies.'

On top of that, the teams were able to collect another $300 from the cans and bottles they collected at their first fundraiser.

When Northwest Technologies was a platinum sponsor of a Relay for Life event, one of its own employees had cancer at the time and coworkers thought it would be a good way to raise money for those suffering and losing their lives to cancer. She hopes the July 9 car wash will be as, if not more, successful than the last one.

'One of my best friends, who is a Vietnam veteran, was diagnosed with cancer in March,' she says. 'I am taking care of him. This year's Relay for Life event is a little more special.'

Goit wanted to thank Northwest Technologies founders Eric and Doreen Sale for sponsoring four teams in this year's Relay for Life event, held July 16-17 at the Estacada High School track.

Look for Goit at the event, where she'll sell her homemade salsa for $5 a pint or $10 a quart. All of those proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society as well.