Sheldon and Shell Grossman, owners of Bixby Knolls Car Wash, have been selected as the recipients of the Western Car Wash Association’s award for “Outstanding Service to the Community.” Jerry Nix, former president of the association, recently presented the award to the Grossmans, citing their fundraising efforts for local and national charities.
The business was first built by the Exxon Corporation as part of a string of car washes the oil company owned in the greater Los Angeles area during the 1970s. Sheldon, who owned several other car washes at the time, purchased the business after the oil company was running it at a loss, he said. “They knew how to pump gas, but not [run] car washes,” he said.
After buying the car wash, Sheldon met Shell through a mutual friend at a business party in Huntington Beach. Discovering they had more in common than just the spelling of their names, they decided to tie the knot and have now been married 35 years.
Last year, the car wash celebrated its 35th year of business by hosting a community celebration that featured music and entertainment, food from local vendors, clowns, giveaways, games, prizes and a free photo booth.
Some of the numerous philanthropic endeavors the Grossmans have undertaken include fundraising for local schools, sponsoring the March of Dimes Foundation, contributing to the American Cancer Society and the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, donating to local churches and dedicating service to local nonprofits such as the Long Beach Police Foundation, the Historical Society of Long Beach, Ettie Lee Youth and Family Services, Friends of Long Beach Animals, Children Today, the Signal Hill Community Foundation and Ability First.
Source: BK Car Wash