Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 10, 2011

By Shavonne Potts
SALISBURY — Just like the Rose Royce song, “Car Wash,” F&M President Steve Fisher and CFO Guy Hoskins donned superhero T-shirts and did just that.
The two men kept their word to an employee whose name was drawn during the company’s individual United Way campaign. The employee, Kathy Allen, like many of her co-workers, made contributions to this year’s campaign.
As an incentive, each employee’s name was placed in a company drawing for a chance to have their boss wash their car.
“We thought that it would be something fun to watch them wash someone’s car,” said F&M Human Resources Director Susan Giessler.
Allen is also in the running to win a car through the United Way campaign. Allen’s name was drawn at a campaign report meeting.
She said she tried to make sure her car was dirty.
“I’m very excited,” she said before the two men arrived.
She was unsure of Hoskins’ and Fisher’s car washing abilities. Allen believed it to be limited, she said with a chuckle.
Fisher, sporting a Superman T-shirt and Hoskins, wearing a Batman T-shirt, braved the jokes from employees and passersby. Many people asked what bet the two had lost. Others asked if they could be next in line at the carwash.
Despite the drop in temperatures, at 3 p.m. the men washed and dried Allen’s sport utility vehicle. Fisher even used an old toothbrush to get into the tire’s crevices.
“It was fun. Susan runs the campaign and she makes it fun every year,” Hoskins said.
It’s known throughout the F&M community that the company supports the United Way. This was an incentive to do that, Hoskins said.
“We are still $200,000 short. Every dollar counts. We’ve got five days left,” Fisher said.
He asked the community to prayerfully consider making a contribution.
The grand finale celebration will be Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Norvell Theater on East Fisher Street.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.