Ford test drive to help Waterloo stadium fund

By Mike Sever | Staff Writer Published:

This Saturday, drivers can check out a new Ford vehicle and help build a new track for Waterloo High School.

Sarchione Ford is bringing Ford's "Drive 4 UR School" program to Waterloo along with the opportunity to raise $12,000 for the campaign to build a new track at the football field.

Ford will donate $20 for each person who test drives a new Ford vehicle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The high school is located at 1464 Industry Road, just south of U.S. 224 in Atwater.

Denise Horning, who is on the school stadium committee, said teachers and students will be helping out along with representatives from Sarchione Ford in Randolph.

"We're going to have vehicles from Ford's entire lineup -- trucks, SUVs and cars," said Alex Sarchione, who is also on the stadium committee.

She said Ford allows dealerships to do the fund drives twice a year with a $6,000 cap each time. She said there is no cost to people taking a test drive.

"This is an opportunity to raise $12,000 toward the stadium," Sarchione said.

Food and drinks will also be available, and drivers may make their own donations to the stadium fund, Horning said.

Horning said the stadium project has been in mind for several years, with a committee formed about three years ago.

The project began to pick up steam this past year, and school board members, administration and committee members have been visiting recently built stadiums at schools similar to Waterloo in size, Horning said.

She said the track around the Waterloo football field is old and inadequate.

"We cannot hold a track meet there," she said. The district holds its own track invitational, the Frank Rossi Valkyrie Invitational, at Ravenna.

No time frame or budget for the project has been set. Horning said the committee wants to include local firms in building the project.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125 or msever@recordpub.com

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