Photo by Steven Lewis.  From left, Lance Winslow of the Car Wash Guys and The Car Wash Gals, and Anne Geib, Linda Lugin and Leonard Hollins, all of Mason-Churchill's corporate office, The Meredith Corporation has been in a state of turmoil due to flooding in Des Moines, Iowa.Mason-Churchill Realty raises funds to help office get back to business
by Patti Mattison Smith

Real estate professionals at Mason-Churchill Realty in Camarillo recently put their hearts, minds and muscles into a project to help flood victims in Des Moines, Iowa.

The pros held a car wash in their parking lot raising about $650 for The Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, corporate office for Mason-churchill Realty.

"Everybody in the building cooperated.   It was great," said Randy Churchill, co-owner of the firm.

There was no price set for the car wash.   It was based strictly on donations.

"We had donations of up to $50," said Leonard Hollins, agent.  "One person said they only had $3 but they wanted to help.  It was a situation where you gave what you could and you got your car washed."

Churchill said it took about two weeks to organize the event, in which about 100 cars were washed within a four-hour period.   Churchill said it meant a lot to him and other professionals to take part in the car wash because, essentially, they were helping people they indirectly worked with.

"It's like helping family," he said.

Although much of the donations came from customers, Lance Winslow and workers from The Car Wash Guys and The Car Wash Gals donated their time and services to help in the cause.

"We are all Americans," said Winslow, owner of the company.  "We have to stick together during this recession, rain or shine."

Hollins said the Meredith Corp. is taking it one day at a time.  Mason-Churchill recently received photos of the damage to the company, which prompted the real estate professionals to do something.

"It's bad," said Hollins.   "It's really bad.  It looks like a tornado ripped right though there."

Hollins added that in each photo computers and other debris could be seen scattered about and people stood knee-deep in water.

"Right now they are trying to put things back together.  hey're taking it one day at a time," said Hollins.

Reprinted from Camarillo Daily News, August 29, 1993.

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