Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wash for Autism a Success
The parking lot of Queens County Savings Bank in Lindenwood was transformed into a car wash on Sunday as more than 130 volunteers--sponges and buckets in hand--turned out for the 5th Annual Charity Car Wash for Autism.
The sun shone brightly as 152 cars lined up for a good scrubbing. Andrew Bauman, President and CEO of New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC), was quick to credit the community for their outpouring of support once again. “Every year it just gets better. The weather was on our side and the cars just kept coming.” Bauman said only 87 cars were washed last year.
Nearly $7,000 in proceeds raised for the day will go to help create a learning library room with games and computers at NYFAC’s new home. A deal to secure the new headquarters for the organization in Howard Beach and has been approved by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The location will not be disclosed until arrangements are final.
Members of the Explorers from the 106th Precinct and School Safety, families and kids from NYFAC, police officers, firemen and NYFAC friends and family members were among volunteers who stayed all day and washed cars.
As part of the event, the American Classic Car Club hosted a car show across the street in the parking lot of the Howard Plaza Shopping Center with 55 classic, sports and luxury cars on display. At the conclusion of the show, awards were presented for the best cars in each of three categories.
Bauman offered thanks to the event sponsors whom he said really make the event possible. Tuscany Deli, LaVilla Restaurant, Queens County Savings Bank and Nick the Balloonatic were among those credited for making the event a success.
NYFAC is a not- for-profit community based organization started 12 years ago by a group of parents with children affected by a little-known neurological disorder known as Autism. Now, some 12 years later, autism affects 1 in 110 children. The agency began as a support group for each other and has now been transformed into full service group serving not only children and
young adults with autism, but with any developmental disability.