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Smash a car, help Midway Drive-In

Owners expect to open in late April

DIXON – Dents in a car aren’t usually a good thing.

But during an April fundraiser for Midway Drive-In, each dent in a 2002 Kia Rio could mean the drive-in is one step closer to its $125,000 goal for a digital projector.

The “Mayhem 4 Midway” fundraiser will be held Saturday, April 5, at the Corner Spot, 510 Chicago Ave. in Dixon. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a digital projector, Midway co-owner Mia Kerz said.

“We are moving much closer to our goal,” she said. “We’re not there yet, but we are moving closer.”

During the fundraiser, people can destroy the car by purchasing swings of a sledgehammer or baseball bat. There will also be a silent auction.

Mia and her husband, Mike, have been trying for about 2 years to raise the $125,000, she said, knowing that the transition from film to digital was progressing. Their fundraising efforts and the need to have a digital projector, she said, have grown during the 2 years.

In September, Midway found out it didn’t win a contest sponsored by Honda. The car company donated nine digital projectors to drive-ins around the nation.

The Midway has also tried to raise money for the projector with a Kickstarter campaign, which failed to meet its goal, so no money was sent to the drive-in.

The Midway is expected to be open by late April, Kerz said.

About the fundraiser

The "Mayhem 4 Midway" fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Corner Spot, 510 Chicago Ave. in Dixon.

Go to or call 847-647-3124 for more information or to donate.

Each swing will cost $5, or $20 for five swings.

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