In November, proceeds from every car wash at the Car Wash Barn will help fund the construction of the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood Shooting Memorial.

Ian Streckel, Car Wash Barn community coordinator, said the business selects a charity to donate proceeds from its car washes to every year.

“This year we wanted to do something for this community that would really benefit the people living here,” he said. “We heard about the memorial and how it still hasn’t raised enough money to be built. We decided that was the fundraiser we wanted to do this year.”

Streckel said the business is pushing to make this the biggest fundraiser it has done with a goal of donating $4,500.

The Car Wash Barn has four locations — 4901 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Killeen; 1701 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Killeen; 101 E. U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove and 5284 W. Adams Ave., in Temple.

The memorial committee formed in 2010 to raise funds for the structure that will honor the 13 killed and 32 injured in the on-post shooting.

Plans call for the memorial to be built next to the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and feature a circular, open-air pavilion. Around the perimeter of the structure will be 13 black granite columns, each inscribed with a victim’s name and likeness with a bronze sculpture representing aspects of the victim’s interests and personality.

A large illuminated flagpole will rise from the center of the pavilion, which will be surrounded by benches and trees.

Other fundraisers

Tickets are still on sale for the Oct. 26 concert featuring Whiskey Myers at Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que in Belton.

Tickets are $25 and include the concert and a barbecue dinner. Children 12 and younger are admitted free, but dinner is not included.

Get tickets at Standard Hatworks in Waco, Cavender’s in Temple and Killeen, Schoepf’s Bar-B-Que in Belton, Estacia’s in Belton, the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, the Killeen Daily Herald and the Copperas Cove Herald.

Registration is still open for the Color Up Killeen 5k run Nov. 8 at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Registration is $45 through Nov. 7, or $40 for active-duty military. Participants also can register the day of the event for $50.

Registration is open online at

To donate to the memorial, go to

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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Really? Donating to a memorial when there are so many living on the edge in this community? I believe the businesses are sucking up to the powerful of Killeen because the powerful want this memorial. Is there a Luby's memorial? Both are tragedies where innocents were taken.

Money would be much better spent on the living through bringing jobs to Killeen, but the powerful have theirs, so what do they care about the less fortunate?

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