Palmerton boosters conduct Free Test Drive as fund raiser
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Tom Scharpf, of Palmerton, shown here with his 1929 Ford Model A.
Their time to drive to the hoop will come when they step foot on the hardwood.
But, until then, the most important drive any member of the Palmerton High School boys' and girls' basketball teams could hope for took place at the Free Test Drive and Antique Car Show.
Sponsored by Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge, the Palmerton High School Basketball Parents' Club's Dodge Booster Club fundraiser was staged Saturday at Leon George Bus Company in Palmerton.
As part of the event, Rentschler Chrysler Jeep Dodge provided new vehicles to test drive. In turn, Dodge donated $20 to Palmerton basketball for every person who took a brief free test drive and completed a short survey.
Dodge has a program that combines support for high school enrichment programs with exposure for the new Dodge Durango, Journey, and Grand Caravan. The local Dodge dealer recommended the school.
With about an hour left, nearly 100 people had taken a free test drive, according to Jim Nemeth, president of the PHS Basketball Parents' Club.
"It was a good fundraiser, and will give us a good start for the summertime programs," Nemeth said. "All of this money will be going toward that."
Several members of the girls' high school basketball team said they were grateful for the event.
Junior Mikayla Kruper said "it's to raise money for the season. It's nice to see the girls again."
Sophomores Madison Mummey and Jade Farquhar agreed with their teammate.
Madison said "it's our first official meeting with our new coach."
Jade added "it's really good to see the girls and try to get our plans together."
In addition to the free test drives, a classic car show also comprised the event.
There were 10 classic cars on display, Nemeth said.
"I'd like to thank these guys," he said. "I think it drew some people in."
Among them was Tom Scharpf, of Palmerton, who showcased his 1929 Ford Model A.
"It's just fun to drive," said Scharpf, who bought the vehicle at an antique car show in Macungie back in 2005. "I saw it, and thought, 'I need to have it'."
Mike Moyer, of Harleysville, brought two rare gems to the show: A 1996 Viper GTS, and a 1998 Viper GTSR.
Additionally, Nemeth thanked Kerry Paules from Palmerton Subway, who donated hoagies for people after they took the test drive, and Leon George, for use of his facility.