The Grace for Vets Organization announced that it surpassed the one million free washes mark since its inception in 2004.
The Grace for Vets Organization, which brings together a total of 3,000 professional carwashers in four countries to wash veterans' cars for free, today announced that it surpassed the one million free washes mark since its inception in 2004.
“The total cars washed for free is actually over 1,200,000, with this year's total topping 268,000 free washes,” stated Mike Mountz, founder of Grace for Vets and chairman of the board of the organization. Mr. Mountz couldn't be more pleased, as he passes the mantle over to the volunteer board and the International Carwash Association, to see so many operators come together to honor the men and women in the military in such way.
Over 3,300 car wash locations participated in the one day event that washes cars owned by veterans and active-duty personnel at no charge on Veterans Day last November 11. Operators from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand took part in the said event. Mountz looks to expand the event to other countries as he feels all veterans need to be honored for their service to their countries.
Grace for Vets saw a substantial increase in both locations participating and the total number of cars washed for free.
Mark Curtis, President of the volunteer board, said that he believes that as more operators learn about the program, more will choose to honor the military in such manner. It's a small price to pay in return for the sacrifices and services of the veterans and active military personnel. Curtis hopes that with the expansion of the volunteer board in 2016 and the support of the International Carwash Association that the event will easily surpass the current figure next year. In 2014, 2,875 carwashes gave away close to 234,000 free washes.
Interested carwashes can register for the event by visiting graceforvets.org.
For more information, please contact Mark Curtis at [email protected] or 203-324-5400 x7011.