Dance team fundraiser gets cars squeaky clean

HINCKLEY – Abby LaRocco is no stranger to washing cars.

“It’s a fun thing to do,” she said.

The 16-year-old was one of about 30 members of the Aurora Central Catholic High School dance team that hosted a car wash fundraiser at the Diamond Lube-N-Oil at 651 E. Lincoln Highway in HInckley Saturday.

Abby’s parents own the lube shop.

“She has a step on the other girls,” her mother, Theresa LaRocco, said.

Dance coach Terri Varney said the purpose of the car wash was to help fund the dance camp the team will attend at Northern Illinois University in July. Several of the girls on the team are from DeKalb County.

Abby and sophomore Sarah Fowler, also from Hinckley, said they have been dancing on the team since their freshman year. Freshman Samantha Harding of Sandwich is joining for the first time, and has never danced before.

“I wanted to try it,” she said. “I wanted to get into something because I’m not into any sport.”

Another member of the team, junior Julie Perez, said the team performs at halftime of high school and basketball games, then competes in special dance competitions. Varney added that the Illinois High School Association only sanctioned the sport of dance a couple of years ago.

The girls swarmed over every vehicle that pulled into the lot in a total team effort.

“Everyone is energetic,” Varney laughed.

The highlight of the morning was when Mark Neumann of Aurora drove his convertible into the lot

. “The car needed washing,” he said, as his dog Buzz watched from the passenger side.

Unlike her teammates, junior Brigid Marcoux said she had never washed a car before. After Saturday’s experience, though, she said she was thinking about washing her father’s car for Father’s Day.

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