Car Wash-A-Thon

The Car Wash-A-Thon Happens

Every September


The Car Wash-A-Thon is an event held at Okemos High School on a Saturday in September, rain or shine. This is quite the event, one which involves all band members as well as their parents. It is great fun, and gives the parents the chance to work side by side with their son/daughter, as well as with other band members.

How does the car wash work? Students and parent volunteers form two lines consisting of five steps: spray down, wheels/tires, suds wash, rinse and dry. Every half hour or so the groups rotate so everyone gets the chance to do one of the five steps, as well as to take a rest and grab a bite to eat.

The car wash itself is free to the public. Money is raised by the students collecting pledges based on the number of cars washed. With great participation and effort, we have been able to wash about 500 cars. As an example, if we wash 500 cars, and a student gets 20 pledges at two cents each, his or her total pledges are $200. Of this total, a designated amount goes directly to the band equipment fund, and the remainder ($120) goes into the student’s trip account. The more pledges a student gets, the more $$ they have to go towards their trip account. 

This is, by in large, the fastest and easiest way to collect a lot of money in a relatively short amount of time. If every band member collected $200, the total profit for the band and students would be approximately $32,000!!! This fundraiser is very successful, and is a marvelous way for the students to give something back to the community for their support of the OHS bands.

27th Annual Car Wash-A-Thon 2016

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Capital Honda

Doctor’s Approach Dermatology

Graff Chevrolet


B/A Florist

Conklin Systems Consulting & Product Development

MSU Federal Credit Union

Williams Auto World


Robert Bastanfar, PhD, LP, PLLC, Licensed Psychologist

Dave Bueche, Realtor, Musselman Realty

Burkhardt*Pecora Orthodontics


Rycus Flooring


Cottage Inn Pizza