‘Stache + car wash = donation
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If you have grown a moustache for “Movember,” it’s time to go get your car washed.

The folks at Skogie’s Car Washes in Kelowna and Vernon plan to donate half the cost of all car washes on Nov. 26 purchased by men who have grown a ‘stache in support of the annual Movember fundraising campaign to the Movember Foundation.

The foundation raises money for men’s health, including the fight against two male cancers — testicular and prostate — and to combat male suicide.

While this Movember fundraising effort will be a first for Skogie’s, raising money for charity is nothing new for the company.

Co-owner Chris Skoglund said the company—which operates four car washes in the Okanagan—recently donated $50,000 to Okanagan College’s fund to pay for the new medical training centre at its Kelowna campus and last December donated $10,000 to the local food bank and is looking forward to another fundraiser for the food bank next month.

“You could say we have gotten into the charitable swing of things,” says Skoglund.

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(From left): Chris, Dave and Jason Skoglund are raising money for the Movember Foundation Nov. 26.

He said this year he knew wanted to get involved with a men’s health charity, so he did his homework about which charities are highly rated when it comes to the percentage of money donated finding its way to the intended recipients.

“With (the Movember Foundation) 77% of every dollar raised gets donated directly to charity,” said Skoglund. “That made me feel pretty good about it.”

Skogies has three car washes in Kelowna — the companies original “Auto Spa” location at Highway 97 and Underhill, another at Highway 33 and Hollywood Road and its new location on Clement Avenue at Ethel Street. It also has a car wash in Vernon on Anderson Way.

Skogie’s on  Clement, which opened earlier this year, is equipped with the latest in car wash technology, the new soft wash “Spin-Lite” brush system, which is gentler on the vehicle being washed and much quieter. The technology will be installed at the Auto Spa location in the spring of 2022, says Skoglund. The new technology makes Skogie’s Car Washes first in safety, first in quality.

In addition to exterior car washing, Skogie’s also offers interior vehicle detailing at its Auto Spa location only.

To participate in the Movember promotion, moustachioed drivers will need to go into the car wash store at any one of the Skogie’s locations on Friday, Nov. 26 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. to verify they are supporting Movember and pay for their wash. That will also allow car wash staff to use a special button to record the sale and make sure half the proceeds go to the foundation.

While they are there, customers are also encouraged to buy a Skogie’s membership, which allows them to get a car wash a day for a monthly fee starting at $35.99.

Skogie’s is a long-time family owned and operated business, which has been in operation for 50 years. Its Auto Spa location was the first commercial car wash in Kelowna in 1972.

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