Canby High School leadership is partnering with Canby Ford to hold a unique fundraising event where community members can test-drive a Ford with no strings attached, and for every test-drive, Ford will donate $20 to Canby High School—up to $6,000.
The event happens on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Canby Ford.
"People should come to this event so that they can support both the high school and the community of Canby," said Naarai Gomez, associated student body president. "This year, we have definitely seen how close and supportive our community can be through one of our classmates named Ellie Shorter, who recently got diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Our community is so closely knit because the high schoolers are the future and the kids of current community members.
"Our leadership team hopes to give back to the community and strengthen the amazing relationship already existing," she said.
The folks at Canby Ford too want to give back through this event.
"We're doing it because we appreciate the community here in Canby," said Canby Ford salesperson Neal Ochs. "It's our way to give back too. The funds are coming from Ford, but we're more than happy to offer up our cars and our time to help out."
The funds come through Ford's Drive 4 UR School program. Over the last 10 years, Ford has given away more than $40 million in donations through the program.
And Ochs wants to make sure community members know there's no sales pressure.
"I think most people, they're a little bit reluctant," Ochs said. "They think, 'Oh my gosh, it's a car dealership. They're going to throw my keys on the roof and make me drive a new car out of here.' And it's not. For one, Canby Ford isn't that way anyway. But, this is simply a fundraiser for the school.
"It costs the test driver…it doesn't cost them a dime," he continued. "It costs them the five minutes to come in and show they've got a valid driver's license and drive the car around."
All of the funds will go to Canby High School to supplement ASB monies.
"This event will provide opportunities for our high school to organize activities that include our diverse student body," said Natalie Doman, senior class president. "Often a minority feels excluded. We need to reach out and create programs that will increase our overall school spirit. But that takes funds."
Ochs said at Canby Ford, they've never been able to give the full $6,000 away, which would amount to 300 test-drives, but 300 is precisely CHS leadership's goal.
"Our goal is to get 300 people to test-drive a Ford car," Gomez said. "We hope that as many people that can attend come because every single test-drive can help make a difference."
Drivers should be at least 18 years of age and there's a limit of one test-drive per household.
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