WESTPORT – South Decatur High School (SDHS) will be holding a fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by Ford Motor Company and Don Meyer Ford to raise money for the school.
For every qualified person who test drives a Ford during the event, the car manufacturer will donate $20 to the school, up to a maximum of $6,000. To be qualified, one must only be at least 18-years-old and possess a valid driver’s license. Test drivers do not need to be a student or even know a student to qualify for a test-drive-donation. After the test drive, a short survey is filled out and the school will receive the $20 donation. However, only one driver per household will qualify for a donation.
According to Jerry Sebo of Don Meyer Ford, the school was told about the fundraiser last year. SDHS Athletic Director Willard Rice contacted Sebo this year to schedule the event, which Ford Motor Company calls, “Test Drive One 4 UR School.” Each Ford dealership may hold two of these events per year.
Sebo said Don Meyer Ford will send the 12 vehicles that make up the current Ford product lineup, complete with a long list of extras. The vehicles will reportedly be equipped with Ford Sync and MyFord Touch, the comprehensive in-car communications and entertainment system that allows users to make hands-free telephone calls and control vehicle systems.
Sebo said that at least three Don Meyer Ford employees will be on hand to assist with the test drive event. While the money for the donations will come from Ford Motor Company, the vehicles and staff will be supplied by Don Meyer Ford.
“Don Meyer Ford has been in this business for 40 years and have always been about the community. We do a number of scholarships every year and we are happy to be able to help the schools with this as well,” said Sebo.