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Ford Fundrasier Funds Delivered to ROHS Athletics

This fall's 2012 Drive 4UR School funds is awarded to ROHS football and hockey teams.

The generosity of Royal Oak Ford and the Ford Motor Company along with the hard working volunteers of the Royal Oak Athletic Department raised $6,580 in the fall Drive One 4 UR School fundraiser. The funds were officially awarded to the athletic department by Ford Hall, the commercial truck manager and community liaison for Royal Oak Ford.

The monies will be put toward renovating the school's weight room, which all athletic teams use, and for transportation costs. ROHS head football coach Ryan Irish is happy the auto company is helping the city.

"I'm happy that the Ford Motor Company is giving back to communities," Irish said. "And this allows the football team to interact with the community. It truly shows the generosity of Ford Motor Company and Royal Oak Ford."

Principal Jim Moll, who has participated in two of the three drive events, appreciates the generosity as well and knows there is a lot of hard work behind the scenes by the company.

"They are providing us with all the cars, all the gas, provide the daily insurance for the day, pay the guys who ferry the cars back and forth from their lot. It's a substantial expense on the part of Royal Oak Ford to run the event for us," Moll said. "And then they give us $6500 bucks - and they've done it three times."

Hall, a 1982 Kimball graduate, is happy to give back to his community and alma mater.

"We are giving back as much as we can," Hall said. "We see the benefits of it from people in the community buying cars from us where they didn't before - we've seen our numbers in Royal Oak go up dramatically. It's a lot of awareness. The program from Ford is phenomenal. They've given away millions of dollars."

First year ROHS athletic director Jim Cole also appreciates Ford's helping hand.

"The Ford people put on a great show," Cole said. "We had a lot of participation and a lot of enthusiasm and certainly a lot of support. It was fun getting the community together."

Mark H. Stowers November 30, 2012 at 09:31 PM
...I wonder if there are any other businesses in Royal Oak that would match this gift? It takes a lot of time, effort and money to have a great athletic program. The right folks are in place to turn around all of the Royal Oak school districts athletic endeavors.
Kris Strzalkowski December 01, 2012 at 12:48 AM
This event was a benefit to the football and hockey teams?? Yet the monies will be applied to renovating the weight room at the school? That makes no sense to me! The hockey players pay $1,800+ per player, per season, and supply all their own equipment. The football players pay $150 in pay-to-play fees, and their equipment is supplied. I bet the hockey team would rather have some of that money applied to their ice bills!
Reddest Wing December 01, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Hopefully none of the administrators try pocketing it this time!
drs December 02, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Thanks Kris for your support of the hockey team or should I say parents,ha! Our share of the money (which we advertised for the fundraiser) will be put toward new home jerseys. We are very excited about our new jerserys which will have our new emblem on them. Thanks again to RO Ford and Ford Hall; we know it is a lot of work to put this fundraiser on. Come on out and see our RAVENS fly! Debbie Sobolewski (hockey mom of 2 on the team)

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