Cancer Car Smash will raise money for Village Project

Have you ever wanted to beat the living daylights out of a car? Would you like to do something to help your neighbors who are experiencing cancer? Village Project is offering an opportunity to accomplish both of these goals at its Cancer Car Smash on Saturday, May 2. Not only will participants at this event get a chance to release their aggressions on a jalopy, they will also be helping to raise funds for Village Project.

How does it work? Two cars, donated by Sunnyside Automotive and Joyce Buick GMC, will stand in for cancer. Donning safety goggles and a helmet, participants will take turns swinging a sledge hammer on the cars to do their part to symbolically “wallop cancer,” and at the same time, generate money to help provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to cancer patients and their families in our West Shore communities. One swing with a sledge hammer will cost each participant $5. For $10, three swings can be taken.

Cancer Car Smash is not just a fundraiser – it is also a contest. Who will be the best of the west? Students from Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake, Rocky River, Magnificat, St. Edward, St. Ignatius and St. Joseph Academy – schools in the communities served by Village Project – will compete for their high school to raise the most money.

Getting the students involved is something that MaryKate McHugh, chair for the Cancer Car Smash, feels strongly about. “Our student volunteers are such an integral part of the work done by Village Project, so I think it’s not only a great way to harness their passion for volunteering, but it also allows for friendly competition among local high schools.”

The event will be the symbolic kick-off for Village Project’s second annual Project Pedal, the charitable bike ride scheduled for Saturday, June 13.

“We are hoping the competitive spirit of the Cancer Car Smash will bring local students and families together to support Project Pedal, and ultimately, the Village Project. It doesn't matter if you are two years old or 90, we want you to join us to smash the car and cancer!” 

Cancer Car Smash will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bay Village Police Department parking lot, 28000 Wolf Road. Sign-up information, including the required waiver of liability and release form, is available at

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.21.2015