VooDoo A-Go-Go raises $7,000 for cancer awareness, research

Contact: Brian Grams, director, Volo Auto Museum (815) 385-3644; brian@volocars.com VooDoo A-Go-Go raises $7,000 for cancer awareness, research VOLO The VooDoo A-Go-Go charity car show and concert raised $7,000 for cancer awareness and research over the holiday weekend. The second annual event took place at the Volo Auto Museum Saturday, July 5, and attracted a record number of 1975 and older specialty cars, along with thousands of spectators, event organizers said. We had a $100,000 racecar there, gorgeous muscle cars the whole thing was just a great event, said Charlene Sell. An Island Lake resident and member of the VooDoo Kings Custom Car Club of Northern Illinois, Sell coordinated the event along with Judy Shimkus of Itasca. Each show car participant paid a $20 registration fee, which included museum admission. The American Cancer Society will receive $6,500 of the event proceeds, while $500 went to the Guardians of the Ribbon for maintenance of Jessica, the pink fire truck based in Island Lake. Last year, the VooDoo Kings took on the Volo Auto Museum Fourth of July holiday weekend show that for many years featured George Barris. Club members decided they wanted to use the occasion to raise money toward the fight against cancer. While the driving force behind the fundraising aspect was serious, the event itself was an all-out blast, Sell and Volo Auto Museum Director Brian Grams said. It featured rockabilly music by the Drinkin Doubles, Them Guilty Aces, and Lil Red and the Howlin Wolves, food and beverages, a 50s theme and even a flame show with flames thundering several feet from the exhaust of specially modified show cars. Raising thousands of dollars for a great cause only added to the appeal. The museum works with several organizations throughout the year, from simple things like donating passes for raffles to hosting big events like VooDoo A-Go-Go, Grams said. When you have the opportunity to help improve our community and have fun while doing it, why wouldnt you? Volo Auto Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and features roughly 300 classic, antique, muscle and Hollywood cars. For other information, visit volocars.com, call (815) 385-3644 or find Volo Auto Museum on Facebook. ###