Car wash raises funds to send boy
to Disney World
benefits La Quinta
Boys & Girls Club
by Alisa Poole
The Desert Sun
The Desert Sun
June 18, 2000
QUINTA - Drivers waited in line Saturday to have their cars washed to help 10-year-old
Nathan Gomez and the La Quinta Boys & Girls Club.
The car wash, held in the Red Robin restaurant
parking lot on Highway 111, raised money for Gomez, a club member from Coachella who has
short bowel syndrome, a life-threatening illness.
He wants to go to Walt Disney World in Florida.
The money also will benefit La Quinta Boys &
Girls Club programs.
"I heard about it on the radio, and it
sounded like a good cause," said Teri O'Rourke, a Palm Desert resident.
"It's much easier than washing it myself, I always like to support local causes
The total fund-raising goal is around $25,000
with $6,000 of it funding the Disney World trip. Each wash cost $5. The car
wash raised $600. The amount donated by Red Robin restaurant was not known at press
"It's giving him plush treatment,"
said Quinton Egson, the club's director of program services. "We want the best
The Car Wash Guys and The Window Wash Guys
franchises teamed up with the club.
"The Car Wash Guys likes to do one
fund-raiser a month to just become a part of the community," said Stan Mattes,
franchisee for The Car Wash Guys in Palm Desert.
Red Robin restaurant donated 10 percent of
Saturday's restaurant sales.
"We're pretty involved in the community
here," said Paul Austin, general manager of Red Robin. "We thought it
would be a great idea to help him out. They wanted a place to do it, and they talked
to me and I said, 'Yeah, we'll do it here.'"
Members of the Gomez family also washed cars.
"It's all good," said Valentino Gomez,
Nathan's 15-year-old brother. "I think it's good because they're helping out my
little brother fulfill his dream."
Nathan said he was very excited about going to
Florida and wanted to "Go on On all the rides. Have fun with my brother and
sister and my family."
Alisa Poole is a general
assignment reporter for The Desert Sun. She can be reached at 778-4691.