Top ten include repeat winners by BETH ALTENA The CARSTAR doll was one of this year’s public-voted Top Ten Dolls in the United Bank Dress the Dolls event, but owner Dan Williams said he wasn’t the talent that dressed the winning doll. “It is really pretty neat. The daughter of one of our employees did it,” he said of the American Girl-style doll that won honors. This year, CARSTAR of Rockford donated dressing for four of the 100 dolls that eventually end up in the home of children whose families are struggling this year. It is the ninth year for the popular event, where United Bank purchases 100 undressed dolls and allows friends, customers and local businesses to take home the dolls, dress them up and return them for donation to a family being helped by North Kent Community Services (NKCS). “It is so fun to see what people come up with,” said United Bank of Rockford Director Nancy Martin. Martin said the entire staff of her branch office is involved throughout the campaign, from untying the many, many twist ties that hold the boxed dolls in prior to distribution, to watching the dressed dolls return. During a voting period by the public the dolls fill the bank—along with their accessories. “Sometimes they come with matching outfits the girls can wear,” said Sandy Waite, director of NKCS. She pointed out a doll included a necklace for her girl, which matched the attire of that doll. Another doll had purse for herself, and one for a child. This year’s winning doll is a repeat top choice, created by Linda Huff, who received a huge prize package for her efforts. Waite said need for all kinds of donations, from toys to non-perishable food to clothing to cash is at an all time high—a figure that seems to be a moving target as the economy continues to challenge Michigan families. In the week before the traditional Christmas celebration, 800 families with 2,000 children will seek aid from the Center, receiving a Christmas dinner of either a turkey or chicken, depending on family size, as well as fixings, socks, hats, mittens, scarves, and a choice from Toys for Tots donations. The Dress the Doll toy is a special treat […]
Abracadabra! What can disappear under mountains of soap bubbles and reappear as support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and kids with cystic fibrosis across North America? It isn’t hocus pocus—it’s the second annual CARSTAR Soaps It Up! car wash, North America’s largest car wash event, which last year set the Guinness World Record for “Most Cars Washed—Multiple Venues” by washing more than 4,000 vehicles in eight hours. Themed “Making Magic Happen—One Car at a Time,” the Soaps It Up! Car Wash will be held at CARSTAR of Rockford, 260 Northland Dr. on June 12 as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, as well as Rockford varsity football team. Tickets are being sold by the Rockford varsity football team for $10, with 100 percent of the ticket purchase benefiting the selected charities. More than 140 CARSTAR stores throughout two countries are expected to participate in the event. “We want to help drivers across the United States and Canada get their cars ready for the summer driving season while giving back to the Rockford community where we are located,” said Dan Williams, president of CARSTAR of Rockford. “In continuing the tradition, our hope for this year’s event is to top last year’s record-setting effort, while having a fun day and feeling especially good about the contributions we’ll be making to others. From the momentum that’s building, it’s already beginning to feel like both of those goals are within our sights.” In order to make even tough-to-clean car parts look better, CARSTAR is partnering with 3M to offer a $3 rebate on either the 3M Headlight Lens Restoration System or the 3M Lens Renewal Kit, products which make headlight lenses clearer and keep people safe on the road. CARSTAR also is partnering with Hertz, who is providing an offer of up to $15 off a weekend rental with every ticket purchase. “I’m grateful that CARSTAR is doing so much to bring hope, strength and joy to our courageous Wish kids,” said David Williams, president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. “The Soaps It Up! event does a great deal to raise funds, and also raises awareness for our life-affirming mission in so many communities.” CARSTAR stores in Canada have been conducting the “Soaps It Up!” […]
THE CARSTAR LOGO IS— “Relax, we’ll take it from here,” and now one CARSTAR customer has a very nice flatscreen television to relax in front of. Todd Andrews, of Rockford, was the Rockford Community EXPO winner of the free 36-inch television that CARSTAR gave to one of their many customers. According to John Shattuk (pictured on the right), CARSTAR kept the names of every customer the shop serviced from last year’s EXPO to this year’s and drew a winner at random during the event.