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NYFAC car wash most successful ever


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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It was a win-win for anyone looking to get his car washed last weekend in Howard Beach.

The Sixth Annual New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) Car Wash raised money to go toward programs that help people with autism and to educate parents and relatives.

For just $10 apiece, volunteers, including children with autism, their family members and friends, scrubbed hundreds of cars.

Andrew Baumann, CEO of NYFAC, said at the middle of the day he had seen close to 150 cars — the most since the fundraiser was started.

“It’s the best we’ve ever had,” he said.

To lend a hand, the All American Car Club and East Coast Car Association held a car show across the street, with a $20 entry fee for each vehicle.

Local politicians visited throughout the day to show their support of the community’s efforts, including Assemblymember Philip Goldfeder.

“The car wash is just another way for the community to work together with NYFAC and support a great organization and its cause,” Goldfeder said.

NYFAC is expected to open a new facility this September, which will have programs in art, music and speech therapy, along with parent training and support groups.