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BREMEN â€” Most fundraisers require participants to chip in some cash. Ford's 'Drive 4UR School' event Saturday at Bremen High School however, will cost participants nothing. But each person who shows up to test drive a new Ford will net the school's music program $20.
"This is an opportunity to give back to the community," said Mark Jensen, Tim Martin Bremen Ford's general sales manager. "Ford gets a lot of people to drive their vehicles and give instant feedback. It helps the dealership because it gives us an opportunity to be involved in the community."
Jensen said the dealership will try to have "one of everything" at Bremen High School's parking lot Saturday. Between six and eight vehicles will be ready and waiting for licensed drivers â€” as long as they are 18 or older â€” to take for a spin.
"One of the nice things here is that people participating don't have to use money of their own," said Matthew Sutton, band director at BHS. "And they don't have to listen to a sales pitch. They can do it to show support for the music program at our school."
Sutton said that approximately 275 students are involved in either band or choir. The money raised Saturday will go toward new uniforms for the band and mirrors for the choir.
"I think the students are quite excited about this, they are excited to get a chance to raise money for these items and to partner with Ford," said Sutton. "We've been advertising (the event) through the school, and sending fliers home with our students."
Ford will donate a maximum of $6,000 to Bremen High School through the event.
Jensen said the dealership did a similar event for Bremen High School's athletic department last year, and they hope to do this for NorthWood High School next year.
The event is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bremen High School parking lot. Only one driver per household is permitted.