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Car wash brings nearly $27K to local hospital

A series of car washes held in honor of 4-year-old Jaylen Morris raised nearly $27,000 which was donated to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and The NASCAR Foundation. Shown from left to right are: Dr. Richard Chinnock, Children's Hospital chief of pediatrics; Children's Hospital administrator Zareh Sarrafian; NASCAR driver Mark Martin, 4-year-old Children's Hospital heart patient Jaylen Morris, carried by his dad, Martin Morris; Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker; and Stater Bros. Senior Regional VP Dan Meyer.

June 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of dirty cars meant thousands of dollars for Loma Linda Children's Hospital and The NASCAR Foundation. On Thursday, a check was presented for $26,135.18 to the hospital and the foundation. The money was raised by a series of car washes held in honor of 4-year-old Jaylen Morris. Jaylen is a heart patient at Children's Hospital and hopes to be a NASCAR driver when he grows up.

The car washes were held at the Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga and at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Proceeds from the sale of NASCAR pins at Stater Bros. Supermarkets also went toward the fund.

Participating stores across Southern California sold more than 3,500 pins.

"Loma Linda University Children's Hospital is tremendously grateful to Auto Club Speedway, The NASCAR Foundation and Stater Bros. Supermarkets for their recent efforts on behalf of Loma Linda University's Children's Hospital. It would not be possible for us to provide care for our children without the help of these outstanding community partners," said Zareh Sarrafian, an administrator at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.

Since 2008, Auto Club Speedway has raised more than $150,000 for local charities during its NASCAR Day efforts.