Local, longtime business in Arcadia, Fasching’s Car Wash, was honored at the Networking Breakfast with the Arcadia Business Icon Award, presented by the Chamber and Arcadia Historical Society, in recognition of more than 36 years of business and the resulting contributions to the City’s sales tax base and the cultural fabric of the community.
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Owner George Fasching was presented the tribute by Chamber CEO Scott Hettrick and Society board member Carol Libby at the Chamber’s monthly Networking Breakfast April 18 in the Sunset Room of the Santa Anita Golf Course. Society board member Karen Hou was also in attendance to support the presentation.
Guest speakers for the more than 40 attendees were Chris Margaronis and Helen Ortiz-Gilstrap of Metro gave a slide presentation explaining the installation of sound walls along the 210 Foothill Freeway in Pasadena and Arcadia, and the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements (ART). Metro is currently exploring an innovative approach to the construction and financing of public transportation projects.
During the presentation to George Fasching, Sylvia Beltran of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension thanked him for his assistance and support in allowing Gold Line signage to be placed on his property even though his business will be impacted since it is near ground zero for the next six months of lane closures during construction of a bridge over Santa Anita Avenue.
Carol Libby, of the Society, presented a clever a heartfelt original limerick as George accepted his plaque:
His love of the races is widely known
A wager or two makes his bookie moan
Rotary’s big game night
Always turns out just right
‘Cause there’s George again their profits have grown
Thirty-seven years a car wash to favor
A business supporter and policy player
This Chamber’s award
Today we afford
George Fasching, fine citizen, past mayor
More than a decade before becoming a City Councilman (1990), then Mayor (1992-93), George Fasching opened Fasching’s Car Wash at 425 N. Santa Anita Avenue in 1977 and later built the building across the street that became the famous In ‘N Out burger drive-through. Fasching has participated in dozens of local organizations and been a notable contributor to dozens of charitable groups, and has been the recipient of the Arcadia Rotary Club’s “Outstanding Citizen Award.”
Thanks to the following businesses for generously offering raffle prizes: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Monrovia-Pasadena Area, Jan’s Towing, and Fasching’s Car Wash (two coupons per month for free car washes).