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Clean cars = money for Manteca veterans
General Manager Ryan Braun shows the state-of-the-art selection and payment system at the Clear Drop Car Wash. This weekend the business will be donating $2 out of every Diamond Wash at a cost of $12 to either the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 or American Legion Post 249. Customers can download flyers for either at - photo by JASON CAMPBELL

Got a dirty car in the driveway?

Getting it washed this weekend will actually help Manteca veterans groups. 

Clear Drop Car Wash – the brainchild of local businessman Hercules Vourakis – will be donating $2 of every Diamond-level carwash bought from Friday through Monday to American Legion Post 249 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311. 

According to business General Manager Ryan Braun, the fundraisers are a way to give back to a community that has been more than welcoming to the tandem of Tony and Mrs. K’s Bakery and Café – the inside eatery operated by Hercules’ sister Artemis – and the car wash that uses a unique reclaimed water system that uses far less than a standard at home job would. 

“We’re a part of the community so we want to be involved in the community,” Braun said. “This is a good way, especially this weekend, to help these groups raise money.”

And these two groups aren’t the only ones that’ll be using the car wash for fundraisers in the coming months. 

According to Braun, the business is officially starting a “Give Back” program and will be advertising with non-profits and other groups looking to raise money through social media as a way to provide revenue.

Websites like Facebook will help provide a unique opportunity for Clear Drop to circulate the flyers that wouldn’t otherwise be available for people to download and take with them. 

Getting the word out, Braun said, is the most important thing. 

“People have been really supportive of what it is that we have here and we want to make sure that they know that we’re appreciative of that,” he said. “It’s important to focus on groups like the American Legion and the VFW and others that might take advantage of the program. We’re just happy to be able to help.”

The car wash hours for the weekend benefit will be Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cottage and Yosemite avenues. For more information about the program visit or