PLYMOUTH — Ford Motor Company and Oliver Ford are doing what they can to keep the music playing in Plymouth.
John Oliver III of Oliver Ford had the pleasure of presenting Plymouth High School Band Director Bryan Ames and Plymouth High School Principal Jim Condon a check for $5,720 for the Plymouth Music Boosters as part of Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School program.
“This event was one of the largest and most successful fundraising campaigns that the music boosters have organized,” said Ames. “We cannot express enough thanks to the staff at Oliver Ford for the wonderful support they have given the music program. Generous donations from community businesses like Oliver Ford are what will provide the students at Plymouth High School with the necessary funding to keep the music department running strong.”
This event was combined with several other fundraisers that all took place on campus at the same time.
Plymouth students ran a car wash so test drivers could return to a clean car after driving an Oliver Ford vehicle. The music boosters also hosted a bake sale and a port-a-pit chicken dinner.
Oliver Ford provided a cruise vacation as an additional raffle fundraiser.
The combination of the Drive One 4 UR School event — and all of the additional fundraisers — netted nearly $12,000 for the music program in only a four-hour time span.
“What many people do not realize is that most of the programs in the music program are very much self-funded,” said Ames. “The marching band is already a ‘pay-to-play’ type of activity because students have to pay membership fees to cover the numerous costs to fund the program.”
He added, “Support from community members, like Oliver Ford, are what allow our programs to continue to thrive and succeed in these times. Most people do not realize that these programs almost completely fund themselves financially and depend on community support to function.”