UD called 'epicenter' of 2008 presidential race

Refreshed look for 'UDaily'

Fire safety training held for Residence Life staff

New Enrollment Services Building open for business

UD Outdoor Pool encourages kids to do summer reading

UD in the News

UD alumnus Biden selected as vice presidential candidate

Top Obama and McCain strategists are UD alums

Campanella named alumni relations director

Alum trains elephants at Busch Gardens

Police investigate robbery of student

UD delegation promotes basketball in India

Students showcase summer service-learning projects

First UD McNair Ph.D. delivers keynote address

Research symposium spotlights undergraduates

Steiner named associate provost for interdisciplinary research initiatives

More news on UDaily

Subscribe to UDaily's email services

UDaily is produced by the Office of Public Relations
150 South College Ave.
Newark, DE 19716-2701
(302) 831-2791

Car demolition raises funds for cancer society

Junior Stephanie Dreher’s family donated the “cancer van” to the fundraising effort.

4:19 p.m., Nov. 30, 2006--“Support Relay for Life, come beat up the cancer van,” shouted UD junior Stephanie Dreher.

The “cancer van” was actually Dreher's first car, a dark blue, 1993 Chevrolet Astro van, stripped of engine, windows and gas tank and sitting on the Harrington Beach lawn behind Perkins Student Center on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Dreher's family donated the van, and towing to and from Harrington Beach was donated by Ewing Towing.

Anyone could take a whack at the van with a sledgehammer for $2 a swing or $5 for three swings.

Relay for Life event co-chairpersons Meghan Herwig, a junior nursing major, and Dreher, who is in pre-med, said the purpose for the demolition derby was to raise money for the American Cancer Society and to publicize UD's Relay for Life all-night event to be held from 6 p.m., Saturday, May 5, until 9 a.m., Sunday, May 6, in the
Delaware Field House. She said the goal for 2007 is to raise $200,000.

Herwig said they selected Nov. 29 for the demolition fundraiser because finals begin Dec. 8. “We thought this would be a good time for stress relief,” she said.

Gianni Maiorano, a junior German major, donned a fire helmet (on loan from UD's Occupational Health and Safety office), stepped up to the van and slammed the mallet into the sturdy vehicle three times. He said it was worth the money. “I got to take out a little frustration on the hood. Finals are coming up.”

Scott Atkins, a sophomore mechanical engineering major, said it was very effective. “I sure feel better. They say you try new things in college.”

Article by Barbara Garrison
Photos by Tyler Jacobson

 E-mail this article

  Subscribe to UDaily

  Subscribe to crime alert e-mail notification