Budget cuts in education are common, forcing schools in every state to either eliminate valued programs or search for other means of funding.
To address these needs at a local level and empower communities to support and protect valued programs, Ford Motor Company and its dealers partner with high schools across the United States to offer the Drive One 4 UR School program.
A Drive One 4 UR School event will be offered by the Washington Chris Auffenberg Ford, Lincoln Dealership this Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, at Borgia Fest.
Test drives will take place Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Borgia High School campus in Washington.
Proceeds, up to $6,000 will benefit the Catholic, co-ed high school.
For each Drive One 4 UR School event, Ford and Lincoln dealers work with a local high school to schedule a test drive fundraising event.
The dealers provide the cars to be test-driven, the high school organizes the event itself, and both work together to get the word out to their community.
For every valid test drive completed, Ford Motor Company donates $20 to the participating high school, up to $6,000.
Each driver must be 18 years or older with a valid drivers license and only one driver per household is allowed.
The initiative has raised more than $10 million through nearly 3,000 events since its inception in 2007, and provides up to $6,000 per school through test drives of Ford products.
More than 1,150 dealers have partnered with their local high schools to participate in the program and the funds raised can be applied to any area where the school needs support — athletics, music, even to fix damages from natural disasters.
“Our community has been fortunate to have the support of a business leader like Chris Auffenberg Ford, Lincoln,” said George Wingbermuehle, Borgia president.
“We’ve always believed in our community and the best way to demonstrate that is to support it in every way we can, starting with kids,” said Gus Beffa, general manager.
In April, Ford, its dealers and high schools will attempt to raise a record-setting $1 million in a single month through more than 300 Drive One 4 UR School events throughout the United States.
“The Drive One 4 UR School program was developed as a fun, engaging way to help high schools raise and apply money where they need it, and we realized that if we really applied our efforts in April, we could make a greater difference than ever before,” said Tracy Magee, Ford experiential marketing manager.
“Our dealers really shine here in going above and beyond to serve their communities by joining with local high schools to raise money and protect important programs and services,” Magee said.