Creston Automotive is back at it.
It will host a Drive 4 UR Community event starting 8 a.m. Saturday at the Union County Fairgrounds. Ford Motor Company and Creston Automotive will donate $20 for every person — up to a maximum of $6,000 — who completes a small survey and then test drives a vehicle Saturday. The event will conclude around 2 p.m.
“Initially, we set the charity up for all the proceeds to go to Union County Fairgrounds,” said Terry Freeman, sales consultant at Creston Automotive. “But, the cool thing was, once we started talking to them about this event they wanted to split the money so they could help someone else in their community.”
So now, all money raised Saturday will be split equally between the Union County Fairgrounds and East Union scoreboard project.
Union County’s Fair Board will use the money to help construct a multi-purpose building that will house ASPIRE — a community food pantry, thrift store and family resource center for the people of eastern Union County.
The building — expected to be 50- by 120-foot — may also be used for commercial exhibits and rental space for auctions, concessions and other activities.
Meanwhile, East Union will use its half of the money to replace outdated scoreboards on its campus including the baseball and softball scoreboards.
“The overall goal is to replace all our scoreboards,” said James Hardy, EU social studies teacher. “We have about 12 to 15 scoreboards that need replaced because the ones we are using are about 10 years old. New scoreboards will increase visibility for spectators and show overall school pride.”
Freeman said Creston Automotive will have several styles of Ford vehicles available to test drive Saturday.
“We will have a designated route that’s a little over a mile long,” Freeman said. “We need 300 people to get the maximum amount of money for the event. I think that’s an attainable goal. There is no pressure to buy the vehicles. You just get in the seats and we get busy raising money for two good charities.”
This is the first Drive 4 UR Community event hosted by Creston Automotive. They’ve hosted at least five Drive 4 UR School events in the past. Freeman said the requirements to participates in Saturday’s event are you must be 18 and have a valid photo ID (driver’s license). Freeman adds only one person per household can take a test drive.
“Everyone is welcome,” Freeman said. “This is not limited to Afton and its residents. You can be from anywhere. This event will happen rain or snow. We are just looking to raise money for two good charities.”