(Left) Peter Allen, Pam Rock, and (Right) Dennis Allen, Jessica Hartley and Margaret Reuther at Egglefield Ford on Jan. 24.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
Elizabethtown Egglefield Ford in Elizabethtown drove for their community and delivered a check for $1,810 check to the North Country SPCA.
Ford Motor Company collaborated with its dealers to launch a Drive 4 UR Community, a test drive fundraising event to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. Each dealership chose a nonprofit to benefit. There was also a national drawing for a new Ford Focus visitors could sign up for.
Though the vehicle wasn’t won locally, the event raised money for the North Country SPCA.
Dennis Egglefield, owner of Egglefield Ford, said the most amazing part of the fundraiser was that the community was pouring in that day to help.
“It was a great day and there was a lot of enthusiasm, over 130 people came in and signed up and spent a few minutes with us and really showed support for the SPCA,” Peter Allen, General Manager at Egglefield, said. “We have a fantastic community.”
During the day's events, people came in, got to visit with a few of the SPCA animals that were brought in for the day and many came to share stories of successful adoptions from the shelter. A few animals even found homes during the drive.
“One of our salesman brought home his cat that day,” Egglefield said.
The dealership donated $5 per person that attended the event and for the first 50 people, Ford Motor Companies matched the $5 donation.
Margaret Reuther said the money raised will go directly to the shelter’s capital campaign which is helping the shelter complete the construction of their new shelter in Elizabethtown. The shelter is due to open in March, she said.
The same fundraiser was done at all dealerships and Egglefield said it was amazing for such a small community to do so well compared to dealerships in larger towns. The closeness of the community was one reason he said the dealership chose to fund a local group as opposed a national charity.
“We wanted to keep our community’s dollars and help our neighbors,” Egglefield said.
The dealership will be hosting another event for Drive for Your School in the next few months.