Test drive a Ford from Briarwood Ford Saturday at Harvest Elementary School and you'll help raise money for an organization that supports about 2,000 Saline Area Schools music students.
The Drive 4UR School Event will raise up to $6,000 for the Saline Music Boosters.
Ford Motor Company pays $20 for every test drive (limit of one per household). The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Classic car owners are invited to pull up to Harvest Elementary School for a "cruise in," that takes place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There's no entrance fee.
Dawn Ducca, of the Saline Music Boosters, said it was an important fundraiser.
"It's essential. We were fortunate this year to have football concessions. But other than concessions, this fundraiser pays for most of our year," Ducca said
Music teacher Nate Lampman said the boosters use the money to enhance what the schools provide.
"They bring in guest conductors or professional groups to perform in class. They help get the kids to the festivals. They also provide a lot of camp scholarships for students," Lampman said.
This is the fourth year Briarwood Ford has supported the music programs with the test drive fundraiser. Briarwood Ford owner Steve Whitener remains happy to support the music programs. After all, Whitener met his wife playing in the marching band in college. And, since both of his sons performed in the music program at Saline High School, he understands the educational value.
"It's a great way to give back to the community. Saline High School has such a strong music program with great instructors. My kids went through the program and I can't say enough good things about it," Whitener said. "Saline music boosters, the Foundation for Saline Area Schools, Washtenaw Christian and Saline Area Social Service are right here in our community and we know that our donations are staying local and being used for things that are great for our community."
From a business perspective, Whitener is happy to get potential customers behind the wheel of the new Ford.
Whitener will try to have at least one of every model at the test-drive.
"It's terrific, because nobody's asking for anything but a few minutes of their time," Whitener said. "And for Ford, it's terrific, because they get 300 people behind the wheel of their vehicles in one afternoon."