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Idaho Veterans get a hand from Garden City business

Rich Cesler with the VFW announces raffle winners. Photo courtesy of J's Ultimate Hand Car Wash.

Rich Cesler (left) with the VFW announces raffle winners. Photo courtesy of J’s Ultimate Hand Car Wash.

The third annual Ultimate Car Show raised $1,525 for veterans assistance programs on July 25.

The event has become a neighborhood celebration for Garden City, said Jason Smullin, owner of J’s Ultimate Hand Car Wash, which donated $5 from every car wash on July 25, netting $1,085. In addition, Smullin’s daughter raised $40 selling lemonade. A raffle, silent auction, and individual donations raised $400. The money was donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1173 Boise Post.

Post Commander Rich Cesler said some of the money will go toward haircuts for veterans who cannot afford them at the state Veterans Homes in Boise, Pocatello, and Lewiston. The rest will go to support the Homeless Veterans Initiative at the Boise Rescue Mission. The program helps veterans who have successfully finished VA drug and alcohol programs and are considered good candidates to re-enter society with additional support from the program.

Businesses who donated to the event include Clothesline Cleaners, Bruneel Tire Factory, Plantation Tune Tech, Idaho Airships, Hap Tallman Stockman’s Supply, Angell’s Bar and Grill, Broadway Big O Tires, J104 FM, Busters of Eagle and Smash Burger. Jackson’s Food Stores donated the use of their parking lot, a food tent, and entertainment for the event.

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