High school band turns down donation
by Ian Gertzen

News Chronicle

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NEWBURY PARK - The Newbury Park High School band and tall flags team, set to hold their car wash fund-raiser today, has declined a $10,000 donation from five area car washes in support of the effort, which had been mired in controversy.

However, the donation may be spread among all the school's booster clubs.

"We feel we really need to teach children to earn money rather than have it handed to them," Susan Quinland, a member of the school's band boosters, said Thursday.

She said the band booster board held an emergency meeting Wednesday, the day after the Thousand Oaks City Council gave approval for the 9 a.m. event, sponsored by a mobile car wash firm, The Car Wash Guys.

A dispute between the firm and permanent car washes in the city had centered on fees the city charges only to permanent car washes, how much contaminated water the different operations generate, how it is treated, and the method of disposal.

Permanent car wash owners had offered the $10,000 if the council ruled against the mobile car wash, but then decided to donate the money anyway.

Quinland said Jack Gallery, who owns two permanent carwashes, would give the money to all the school's booster clubs if the band turned it down.  He was unavailable for comment Friday.

However, only about $2,500 in pledges has been received because students did not pursue more once they learned the seventh-annual event, the group's major fund-raiser, might be canceled, Quinland said.

But Lance Winslow, The Car Wash Guys owner, has offered to help at another fund-raiser if the group doesn't make enough money.  Last year's event raised $11,000.

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Reprinted from New Chronicle, September  28, 1991.

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