More than $3,000 Raised at the 3rd Annual Andre Reyna 'Make a Difference' Car Wash

Top Quote All of the proceeds directly benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. End Quote
  • Orlando, FL (1888PressRelease) October 30, 2012 - The 3rd annual Andre Reyna 'Make a Difference' Car Wash held last Saturday, on October 20, 2012 raised $3,448 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The car wash was in memory of fallen UCF student Andre Reyna, who was tragically killed in a car accident during his senior year of college at the age of 21.

    "We are so humbled by the generosity shown by everyone who participated," Andre's mother, Odalys Reyna said. "Although this is a very hard time for our family every year, we feel that this is what Andre would have wanted us to do. He was selfless, absolutely selfless. He gave so much of himself while on this earth. There is no better way to honor our son's legacy, than by helping out those in need."

    While Reyna was living he was an avid humanitarian. During his lifetime he served more than 15 nonprofit organizations in Orlando. Some of those organizations included Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Coalition for the Homeless and Give Kids the World. He was also an active member of Volunteer UCF and participated in many volunteer projects through this organization.

    All of the proceeds raised from the donation-only car wash directly benefited the organization that was closest to Andre's heart, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Second Harvest Food Bank is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.

    The Orlando-based auto accident and personal injury law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., was a local sponsor of the event and presented a generous donation. T.G.I. Friday's supplied the location for the car wash and also donated free appetizer coupons to event attendees who received a car wash. To learn more about the event and attorney Michael Gibson, visit his website at

    About the Andre Reyna 'Make a Difference' Annual Car Wash
    The Andre Reyna 'Make a Difference' Car Wash was started by Andre Reyna's parents, Vidal and Odalys Reyna and his sister, Vanessa Reyna one year after he was tragically killed in a car accident on October 22nd, 2009. Andre studied Political Science at UCF and was in his final year of college. Upon graduation he planned on joining the Peace Corps. He was an avid volunteer, dedicating his time to more than 15 non-profit organizations in Orlando. Andre's passion for helping others began at the tender age of nine when he was introduced to various charity organizations through his church youth group. This event is held annually for his family, friends and the community to honor Andre and the legacy he left through his community activism and involvement, while also raising money for his favorite charity, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

    To learn more about ways you can become involved with the Andre Reyna 'Make a Difference' Car Wash, visit or call (407) 493-2609.

    Contact: Kristine B. Snively of Pristine PR at (407) 982-1707, or via e-mail at kristine ( @ ) pristinepr dot com for the 3rd Annual Andre Reyna 'Make a Difference' Car Wash.

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