Test drive a Ford to benefit PdC High School, PdC K9 unit

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By Correne Martin

Blackhawk Motors in Prairie du Chien is hosting two unique opportunities for people interested in test driving a brand new Ford vehicle and, at the same time, raising money for Prairie du Chien High School and the Prairie du Chien Police Department’s forthcoming K9 unit.

First, on Monday, April 18, from 3 to 8 p.m., in the Prairie du Chien High School parking lot, drivers age 18 and older are invited to stop by and spend some time behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle as part of the Ford Drive 4 UR School. For every valid test drive taken, Ford will donate $20 to the school district, up to $6,000. The goal is to raise the maximum amount. The donation from Ford will go into the high school’s general fund and dispersed as determined by the school.

About 10 vehicles will be on site for test driving, including an Edge, Focus, Fusion, Escape, F-150, Mustang, etc.

“We did a fundraiser for the local fire department last year but we haven’t done this with Ford before,” noted Blackhawk Motors Co-owner Randy Imoehl. “I think the turnout really depends on the community.”

Second, on Saturday, May 21, at a time not yet announced, Blackhawk Motors will host a Ford Drive 4 UR Community event. Drivers age 18 and older are invited once again to participate in this fundraiser, which could result in up to $6,000 donated by Ford toward the city’s K9 unit.

“[The Ford Drive events] give people the opportunity to get in a Ford product, if they haven’t been in one in a while, and see all the new features,” Imoehl said. “Hopefully it will generate a few sales, but hopefully it’s good for the school and the community too. It’s a win-win for everybody.”

According to Ford, the Drive 4 UR School and Drive 4 UR Community programs started in 2007 and 2012, respectively. Funds raised can be applied to any area where schools or nonprofits need support—new computers, athletics, music, even to fix damage caused by natural disasters.

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