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Palmerton parents' club hosts weekend fundraiser

  • TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton High School girls basketball team wash a vehicle as part of the Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event hosted by the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club on Saturday.
    TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Members of the Palmerton High School girls basketball team wash a vehicle as part of the Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event hosted by the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club on Saturday.
Published August 06. 2012 05:03PM

Soaps and suds.

That was essentially the scene as the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club hosted a Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser as part of the PHS Basketball Team (boys and girls) Free Test Drive and Car Wash Event.

In return, Dodge made a $20 donation to PHS Basketball Parents' Club for each person who took a short test drive at the event, held Saturday at the Leon George Bus Company along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge had the new Dodge Durango, Journey and Grand Caravan at the event for participants to inspect and drive. In addition, dealership personnel volunteered their time to assist with the fundraising drives.

About 60 people had participated, and $1,200 had been raised as of the half-way point of the event, according to Jim Nemeth, president of the PHS Basketball Parents' Club.

Members of the girls' basketball team, such as junior Mikayla Krupa, said they believed the event was a solid fundraiser for the program.

"This was a better turnout than our last car wash," Krupa said. "I think the test driving was a really good idea."

Her teammate, senior Lauryn Solt, couldn't have agreed more.

"I definitely think this was the best idea," Solt said. "This will give us the best amount for us."

Since 1993, Dodge has helped raise an estimated $4 million for local schools with test drive programs like the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser.

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