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COYOTES HELP HORTON CHASE RECORD

Wednesday, 11.19.2008 / 7:20 PM / Features
By Russell Brooks
Paul Horton, a meteorologist for Channel 5 (KPHO), recently attempted to set a world record for washing the most cars and helped a good cause in the process.

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With the aid of Coyotes players Ilya Bryzgalov and Mikkel Boedker, Howler and The Pack, Horton raised more than $10,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital while washing cars for five straight days at the Tempe Marketplace.

“It was so rewarding and a team effort to get this done,” Horton said. “I could not have done this without the volunteers and a team effort from Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Coyotes.”

The Coyotes also donated $500 to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in support of Horton’s attempt to break the world record.

Channel 5 (KPHO) Meterologist Paul Horton interviews Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov at a car wash held at Tempe Marketplace. (Photo by Don Schwartz/Phoenix Coyotes.)
“We were happy to help Paul in his quest for the record and praise him for his support of Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Sarah Finecey, the team’s Director of Community Relations. “Our players always look forward to our visits with the wonderful kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Participating with Paul in this fundraising event was our pleasure and something that Ilya, Mikkel and Howler enjoyed doing.”

Horton, an avid Coyotes supporter, washed 437 cars from Nov. 10-14 at remote sites where he performed his morning weather reports.
During his efforts, observers from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to verify and tally the final numbers, which Horton is submitting for a world record.

In order for the record to be considered valid, Horton had to be available at all hours of the day except for a three-hour period. Luckily, with great weather in the Valley of the Sun, Horton had no problems accomplishing this task.

“Mother Nature provided great weather for the week,” Horton said. “This was a great opportunity to put Phoenix on the map and I had a lot of fun doing it.”
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