Car Takes a Beating, Doesn’t Keep on Ticking Beating up a former luxury automobile may not seem like an ideal way to promote Lions clubs, but in New Jersey it proved to be exactly that. “It was better than paying for therapy,” a patron told a Lion. For $1 for a single swing or three swings for $5, visitors to the Lions Whack a Car attraction at the town’s Spring Fling were able to presumably take out their aggression on the hapless sheet metal. “We are lucky that one of our members owns an auto repair and parts business so he had many contacts with auto salvage yards where a car could be obtained,” explains Douglas Schembs Jr. of the Westfield Lions Club. “Safety goggles were mandatory for anyone taking a swing and gloves were optional. All glass and plastic had to be removed from the car as well as having the fluids drained.” A safety fence was also installed to keep others safe from any flying parts. “Hammers and sledgehammers of all sizes and weights were available so everybody could feel comfortable with their weapon of choice to beat on the car,” he points out. After paying for the safety fence and other essentials, Lions made a profit of more than $800—and apparently helped a lot of people relax. The first-time fundraiser was so successful that Lions now plan to make it a yearly event with all funds going to meet eye and hearing needs for people in need in Westfield.
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