Gazette Photos: Car wash benefits holiday festival

Robin Haines, in front, washed a car Saturday at The Indiana Gazette with Cobe Daugherty, left, and Nicolas Manzanilla during an event to benefit the Lucy Donnelly Memorial Fund.

Volunteers washed about 100 cars and raised $1,800 for the fund, which is a major sponsor of the annual holiday festival and parade in November, as well as the lights on downtown buildings during the holiday season.

A car wash to benefit the Lucy Donnelly Memorial Fund, a major sponsor of the annual holiday parade and festival each November in downtown Indiana, is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 24, in the parking lot of The Indiana Gazette, 899 Water St., Indiana. 

Volunteers are needed to help with this event for jobs such as washing cars, tire cleaning, towel drying, vacuuming and window and interior cleaning. Groups or individuals can volunteer for the whole day, or just for a portion of the event. All are welcome. Those interested in volunteering should contact Jennifer Williams at or (724) 465-5555, ext. 223.

For those who want to show support through purchasing a car wash, options are as follows:

• Standard wash: $5

• Deluxe wash: $10, which includes the standard wash and a tire shine and towel dry

• Premium wash: $15, which includes the deluxe wash with a vacuum dry

• Presidential wash: $20, which includes the premium wash with dash and windows cleaned

• Royal wash, $25, which includes the presidential wash and spray wax

Refreshments will also be available.

The car wash will help replenish the Lucy Donnelly Memorial Fund, which is what makes the annual It’s a Wonderful Life Holiday Festival possible, including hanging and fixing Christmas lights on the buildings throughout downtown, putting on the parade, supplying the crafts and burn barrels, and other aspects of the event.  This year’s parade is on Nov. 22.

Car wash sponsors are The Indiana Gazette, Gazette Printers, Colonial Motor Mart and North East Locators.

“We are excited about this fundraiser for the Lucy Donnelly Memorial Fund,” said Hastie Kinter, treasurer of The Indiana Gazette. “The fund is one of the major sources of funding for the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival Kickoff Event and Parade and the outlining of the buildings in white lights for the holiday season. By supporting the car wash, you are supporting these festivities that kick off the holiday season for Indiana County and provide a beautiful ambiance in the downtown area for the holidays.”