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Posted November 5, 2010

Appleseed Express Carwash announced the winners of its first-ever Appleseed Challenge, a unique opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to raise awareness and funds for projects that help children in west Houston.

The carwash, located in Katy at 6020 Fry Rd., opened its doors in late September with a commitment to creating a better future for today’s kids. After their first month in operation, they’ll make good on the promise and donate $10,000 to three nonprofit organizations: Langham Creek YMCA, Krause Children’s Center and Joe Joe Bear Foundation.

During the Appleseed Challenge, which ran from September 23 through October 31, each organization spread the word about their worthy cause and carwash users voted at the self-pay kiosk located at the carwash or online for the project they cared most deeply about.

Troy Black, general manager of Appleseed Express, announced the winners of the first Challenge today. They include:

Langham Creek YMCA, in first place, will receive $7,000 to fund a computer lab for their after-school enrichment program, called Club IDK.

Second place winner Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment home for severely neglected and abused boys and girls ages 11-17, will receive $2,000 to fund an after school program.

Third place winner, Joe Joe Bear Foundation, receives $1,000 to fund a donation of bears to local hospitals that are treating children of Houston and Katy with life threatening illnesses.

“Our IDK afterschool enrichment program currently serves over 100 children monthly in grades K-5,” says Catherine Hollis, community relations director for the Langham Creek YMCA. “With the $7,000 donation, we are thrilled to be able to purchase computers that will allow us to extend our programming to older children.”

Appleseed Express will announce the participants in the next challenge on November 15. These three nonprofits will have through December 31 to utilize the carwash to raise awareness for their cause and to generate the most votes from daily and monthly carwash users and receive seed money from Appleseed Express.

“It is our mission to eliminate the roadblocks affecting today’s kids,” says Black. “With the help of these strong non-profit partners, we were able to start achieving our mission from the day we opened. We can’t wait to see the results of the seed money we provided.”

Appleseed Express is a best in class carwash catering to busy professionals and families-on-the-go. A longer wash tunnel allows for a cleaner car, and the use of RFID technology means customers that become monthly members have the added convenience of zipping through a dedicated lane without so much as rolling down their window. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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