The auction gets underway.
Artwork by a St. Jude’s patient.
At the Tigers’ game.
The car wash tour

Motor City Wash Works held its eighth annual Open House and Charity Auction to benefit St. Jude’s Children Hospital July 18 and 19. More than $600,000 worth of equipment was auctioned during the event, generating an impressive $60,000 donation for St. Jude’s — up from $20,000 last year.

According to the organizers, over 180 people attended, 22 of Motor City’s car wash partners/manufacturers and 20 of its distributors participated, and over 50 car washes were represented.

A welcome reception and car wash tour got the event started on Monday, July 18. Tuesday’s schedule included a tour of the Motor City Wash Works factory and lunch, followed by the auction held at the historic Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit. Fred Grauer, executive vice president, new business development for Vacutech, described as the “grand finale” of the auction the offering of a number of paintings done by St. Jude’s patients. “Those who were lucky enough to win the art auction left with a lasting memory of how important their contribution will be to a family with a child battling cancer,” he said.

Bringing the open house to a close, everyone was treated to a night at Comerica Park for a Tigers’ game. Appreciation for Motor City’s efforts was widely expressed. “An awesome event. Can’t wait to be a part of next year’s open house. Thank you,” said Christopher Barboza of Stinger Chemical. “It was awesome to be part of your open house. It was an honor to participate in the auction,” read a handwritten note from Jaime Harris of HydraFlex. “I’m so excited and grateful. You all did an amazing thing once again! You guys truly are helping children live,” said Mike Hull from St. Jude’s.