On Friday August 6th and Saturday August 7th, Epic Shine Car Wash partnered with ICCU and Lustra to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Idaho.
Make-A-Wish® Idaho’s mission is to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses. The organization's goal is to grant every eligible wish and has granted nearly 1,700 wishes since the chapter was founded, including wishes for Idaho children like Ellena.
Ellena is a ten year old artist who pursues quiet, introspective activities like painting and scrap-booking. She doesn't like to be the center of attention, but does love being a foodie and dreams of eating at a different restaurant every night. She has a monthly subscription to a "snacks of the world" box that comes filled with exotic treats from all across the globe that she carefully hides from her siblings. She wants to savor each rare morsel without having to share!
When Ellena was diagnosed with leukemia in 2019, her entire reality was flipped on its head. She faced many new and frightening experiences with courage and maturity, allowing herself to ask for special treatment when she needed it and to be the center of attention when necessary.
After three years, Ellena's chemotherapy will conclude in July 2021. Her overall prognosis looks good, and she is ready to relax and enjoy life. Ellena’s wish was to go to the Couer d’Alene Resort. There, she and her family will enjoy a four-night stay at the majestic resort hotel overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene. Known for its unique golf course and a spa, the resort also boasts a dessert/ice cream bar and four high-class restaurants which are certain to please any foodie! Best of all, she can share all of these delights with her siblings.
The fundraising event took place at each Epic Shine location and included daily raffles for a chance to win Protect washes. In addition, on-site cash donation boxes and credit card donations were collected from the community. One Grand Prize winner who donated received 6 months of FREE unlimited Protect washes at the end of the event.
Make-A-Wish® Idaho had banners and donation boxes set up on site and Lustra and ICCU contributed generous donations in addition to donations from the community. In total Epic Shine raised nearly $18,000 making it another successful fundraiser for a great cause. Thank you to everyone who donated and contributed to granting wishes for Idaho children like Ellena.