I really need to get my car washed. It’s been awhile, but it looks like it’s going to be a little while longer before the little Miata comes clean.
I’m holding off until July 10, somewhere between the hours of noon and 6 p.m., and I’m heading outside my usual sphere of activities to far west Dallas, specifically the parking lot outside The Lodge.
I’ll take advantage of Cars and Stripes Forever, this year’s installment of the annual fundraising car wash operated by club owner Dawn Rizos and the employees who volunteer to work the event. The wash raises money, 100 percent of all proceeds, for the Metroplex Animal Coalition.
The minimum donation is $20, which will result in a more satisfying experience — a clean car and a saved dog or cat — than a typical Jackson will get a patron.
The day includes a dunk-a-dancer booth — presumably, brave volunteers cannot join the targets in the water — a buffet, music, free pet-psychic readings because you really should know what’s on your dog’s mind, and misters to keep the proceedings, um, damp … moist … no, sorry, cooled off.
During its years, the car wash has raised more than $160,000 for animal benefit groups. That amount represents a lot of singles and a lot of rescued animals.
Seriously, I went one year — purely professional, you know — to cover the affair, and really, it is pretty family-friendly, although I have no idea why someone would take the spousal-unit and offspring.
I even got a T-shirt. Still have it somewhere, but I think it’s dried out by now.
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He is all about the dogs and cats but not above a little extra bang for the buck … or 20.