Edd Rogers Valley Ford to host fundraiser for WCHS athletics
By Kim Swindell Wood | August 12, 2019 12:50 pm
By Rachel Auberger
On Aug. 17, licensed drivers will have the opportunity to test drive a new Ford vehicle and help the athletic department at White County High School, all courtesy of Edd Rogers Valley Ford.
According to Shane Rogers, general manager at Valley Ford, Ford Motor Company partners with local dealerships to provide this opportunity for them to connect with the schools in the community.
“I grew up attending the schools here in White County, and I wanted to do something that would make an impact helping the programs that help the students here,” Rogers said.
Rogers said he found out about the program and submitted an application to Ford Motor Company. Once the company approved the application, Rogers said he began working with Terry Crain, athletic director for the high school.
“We will have 10 vehicles available for people to come and test drive,” Rogers said, explaining the event will take place at the high school and not at the Ford dealership. “After the test drive, participants will be given the opportunity to complete a short survey. For every survey completed, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to White County High School athletics.”
Rogers stressed this event will be a “no pressure, no sales pitch” event and, instead, they will be giving away free hats and t-shirts to attendees.
“We aren’t trying to sell any cars that day,” he explained. “We are just trying to generate some funds for our local athletes.”
Rogers did say that Ford Motor Company will send each participant a private offer after the event in the form of a $750 voucher toward the purchase of a new vehicle.
“If a person decides to purchase a vehicle at a later date and presents that voucher, Edd Rogers Valley Ford will donate an additional $100 to the school sports fund,” he added.
Rogers said his goal is to have 300 drivers, all of which have to be at least 18 years old, participate in the five-hour event, which will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.
“The company will donate up to $6,000 for this one-day ride and drive event, and I would like to see us meet that maximum by having 300 drivers that day,” he explained.
Rogers said volunteers will be set up in front of the vocational building, on the White County High School campus, during the event to help participants register and then pick out a vehicle to test drive. He also said that drivers could pre-register before the event at https://d4ur.com/XK8WM
“We have been serving the community, including the sports programs, for over 25 years,” Rogers said. “And I am glad that we are able to continue that service to the community through this new partnership.”