Briarwood Ford donates 2015 Ford Escape lease to support Saline Area Schools

 02/17/2015 - 13:19
Raffle winner Gary Bendes, wife Sue Bendes, Briarwood Ford Co-Owner and Vice President Steve Whitener, and Briarwood Ford sales consultant Rick Tanner. Bendes won the two-year lease of a Ford Escape in a raffle for the Foundation for Saline Area Schools.

In conjunction with the Foundation for Saline Area Schools (FSAS), Briarwood Ford, a platinum sponsor, awarded a 2-year lease of a brand new 2015 Ford Escape.

The winner was chosen at FSAS's signature charity event, Snowblast, on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Travis Pointe Country Club. A second and third place winner each took home a cash prize. More than 1,000 tickets were sold for $10 each.

The raffle winner is Gary Bendes from Clarkston. Bendes' daughter-in-law is a fifth grade teacher in the Saline school district.

"I am surprised by this prize and feel lucky as it is replacing a current lease. I am very glad to get into a Ford. This is my first experience working with Briarwood Ford and I hope it becomes a long lasting relationship with the dealership," said Bendes.

Funds raised benefit the FSAS, which is a non-profit organization that provides private funding to support academic projects, enrichment programs, and other activities aimed at enhancing the quality of education in the Saline school district. Grants distributed by the Foundation serve as seed money for educational initiatives that cannot be funded by the general budget.

"We enjoy giving back to our local community including initiatives which support the growth and development of children in the area," said Briarwood Ford Co-Owner and Vice President Steve Whitener.

"Briarwood Ford is an excellent community partner for organizations like the Foundation for Saline Area Schools. Their generous contribution of a 2-year lease of a 2015 Ford Escape was the cornerstone of an excellent fundraising campaign for the Foundation and Saline Area Schools. We are grateful for their partnership and look forward to future successes together," said Zoe Thompson, Foundation for Saline Area Schools Trustee.

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