Thursday, May 31, 2012

OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 25, 2012) – What do 1,500 volunteers, mounds of soap suds, 120 CARSTAR stores and thousands of vehicles add up to?  Wishes come true for Make-A-Wish kids and support for children with cystic fibrosis across North America!


This June 9, thousands of volunteers across the United States and Canada will be washing vehicles to raise funds to help Make-A-Wish grant wishes in the U.S., and to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis in Canada.  Last year, the Soaps It Up! Car Wash raised more than $30,000 in the U.S. and set the Guinness World Record for most cars washed in multiple locations during an eight hour period by washing more than 4,300 vehicles.


More than 120 CARSTAR stores throughout both countries are expected to participate in the event.  Tickets are being sold at participating CARSTAR stores in the U.S. for $10, with 100 percent of the ticket purchase benefiting the selected charities.


“Over the first three years, the Soaps It Up! Car Wash has been able to unite the CARSTAR family across North America to help thousands of children in need,” said David Byers, CEO of CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts.  “Now, we are ready to continue the tradition and bring even more support for Make-A-Wish in the U.S. and Cystic Fibrosis Canada in Canada.”


The CARSTAR partners are sweetening the program with special offers for participants:

·         3M Auto Care is offering a $5 rebate on the 3M Lens Renewal Kit to help drivers restore their headlights to like-new condition.
·         CARSTAR is partnering with Hertz, who is providing an offer of up to $25 off of a weekday or weekend rental with every ticket purchase.
·         Cheryl’s Cookies is giving participants six free cookies (shipping and handling additional charge)


“The annual Soaps It Up! Car Wash program is a great community fundraising promotion that is in perfect harmony with the grassroots nature of our wish-granting efforts that span every community in the United States,” said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America.  “Through this expanding event, CARSTAR is helping us get closer to reaching every kid diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition and grant them a wish that makes life better for everyone touched by the experience.”


CARSTAR stores in Canada have been conducting the “Soaps It Up!” Car Wash for the past eight years, and this is the fourth time the program has been done in the United States.  The 2009 event was the first attempt for any organization to set the record for the largest car wash across multiple locations.


For more information on the “Soaps It Up!” Car Wash and for participating locations, visit

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts offers high-quality, reliable repair service in 31 states and 10 provinces across Canada.  Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair and they will send the tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your car. For information and store locations visit



CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts is the largest group of branded collision repair facilities in North America with over 400 locally owned and operated locations in 31 states and 10 provinces across Canada. CARSTAR is committed to providing consistent quality services to our customers and insurance partners and has repaired more than 2.5 million vehicles since it was founded in 1989. Our technicians and front office staff receive ongoing training to ensure they are qualified to work on any vehicle. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority as we consistently lead the industry in customer satisfaction ratings.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to the 2011 study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed say a wish come true can affect their health outcomes. Kinds say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States, its territories and in 47 countries on five continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the world every 23 minutes. It has granted more than 280,000 wishes since its inception in 1980. Visit Make-A-Wish at and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.


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