Test drive for food


Red River Ford and United Way

By Dan Pennington - dpennington@civitasmedia.com



Courtney Valentine of Bokchito (left) and Christy Bridges (right) of Platter, both First United employees, take a test drive Thursday. Red River Ford’s Sales Director Shannon Spaulding talks with them about features of the new car. Each test drive earns $20 for an area food bank through Bryan County United Way.


Photo by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

Bryan County United Way helps the community in so many ways.

There is a great need for food in Durant, so Red River Ford teamed up with Bryan County United Way to raise money for area food banks.

The annual “Ride and Drive” was underway Thursday in Durant.

Bryan County United Way Executive Director Pam Robinson said, “We will donate to Hands of Hope, St. Catherine’s and Families Feeding Families.”

Every food bank or food service in Durant provides a much needed service.

Christy Bridges was test driving a car with her friend Courtney Valentine. Bridges said, “It’s a good cause and a good reason to test drive a new vehicle,” Both are First United Bank employees helping with the cause.

Red River Ford’s Sales Director Shannon Spaulding had several cars ready in parking lot, aimed at the street, for the drivers. Each test drive earns $20 for one of the area food banks through Bryan County United Way.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., they had 165 test drives with a goal of 300. One sales person said, “I’m not worried, we will hit that by 7 p.m.

Salesman Ronnie Fryer said, “When someone tests drives, we give them an option to drive where they want, or I offer a suggestion, and we hit the highway. I don’t want anyone to feel they are pushed to drive somewhere, I give them options. Some people live out at the lake and will want to drive out Highway 70.”

By the time it was over at 7 p.m., Shannon Spaulding reported 309 test drives from the good people of Durant.

Contact Dan Pennington (580) 634-2162 or dpennington@civitasmedia.com

Courtney Valentine of Bokchito (left) and Christy Bridges (right) of Platter, both First United employees, take a test drive Thursday. Red River Ford’s Sales Director Shannon Spaulding talks with them about features of the new car. Each test drive earns $20 for an area food bank through Bryan County United Way.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_DSC_3803.jpgCourtney Valentine of Bokchito (left) and Christy Bridges (right) of Platter, both First United employees, take a test drive Thursday. Red River Ford’s Sales Director Shannon Spaulding talks with them about features of the new car. Each test drive earns $20 for an area food bank through Bryan County United Way. Photo by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat
Red River Ford and United Way

By Dan Pennington

dpennington@civitasmedia.com

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