In this economy, it's not everyday that an organization has an opportunity for free money, but that is just the case for the Mountain Pointe High School band this weekend.
Any qualified driver, 18 years or older (with a limit of one driver per household), can visit Mountain Pointe on Saturday to test drive a new Ford vehicle, and the company will donate $20 to the band booster general fund. Test driving the Ford Focus nets an additional $10.
Band fees can get expensive, up to $600 total if a student joins both the marching and concert bands.
The booster general fund goes to pay for many different expenses, such as instrument repair and uniform maintenance.
"The band is not funded by the school district so we are really appreciative that Ford is doing this for us," event chairman Mike Tucker said. "Last year this was one of our biggest fundraisers, and we have the opportunity to make it the biggest this year."
To reach the maximum of the potential $8,000, Tucker said they would need about 300 drivers.
"We definitely have an opportunity to make more money (than other fundraisers), but it depends on participation to make this successful," he said.
As of Thursday they had a little over 100, but anyone can show up on Saturday and participate. In November 2010, the event brought in close to $4,000.
Visitors can test drive cars like the Ford Fusion, Flex or Edge in a course that takes them in an area of about 3 or 4 miles around the school. Tucker said for those who don't necessarily like to speak with sales people, it is a no pressure environment.
"There is no obligation, and you don't have to speak with a salesperson if you don't want to," he said.
The event will take place in the parking lot at Mountain Pointe High School, 4201 E. Knox Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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