CARIBOU, Maine — The Caribou Athletic Boosters know fundraising, but they’ve never known a fundraiser quite like this.
All the community needs to do to support the Caribou Athletic Boosters is show up at the high school on Saturday, Sept. 8, and take a free 15-minute test drive in a new Ford. For each person who takes a test drive, Griffeth Ford of Caribou and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the boosters club.
Proceeds from the event will be used to help the boosters complete a new addition to the current high school ski building that will house a concession stand.
“We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available,” said Neal Griffeth of Griffeth Ford in Caribou. “We’re excited to raise money for the Caribou Athletic Boosters.”
The fundraiser is part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program, which started in 2007 and has raised more than $11 million in donations for high schools nationwide. Ford will donate up to $6,000 to the Boosters on Saturday.
Saturday will be a busy day at the high school, as family, friends and community members will already be coming out to support their Vikings soccer teams and cross-country team.
The boys’ and girls’ junior varsity and varsity soccer teams will be competing against John Bapst at 3 and 5 p.m. In addition, the Vikings also are hosting a cross-country invitational at noon.
As high school sports are an important facet of the Caribou community, Boosters organizers are hoping that community members take 15 minutes to help the group raise $6,000 for the new addition to the ski building.
The fundraising event will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and will feature multiple vehicles.
“Whether you’re looking to test out our larger vehicles, like the Explorer or F-150, or are more interested in a smaller sedan, like the Focus, we will be able to put you behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle,” Griffeth said. Dealership staff will be on site to assist test-drivers with all Fords and provide additional information about each vehicle available for test drives.
Rob Kieffer, president of the Caribou Athletic Boosters, said “preliminary construction will begin this fall with the majority of work slated this spring.”