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Tyrone auto dealer aids fire company

Tyrone auto dealer, Tri-Star Motors, is in the midst of a fundraiser to benefit the Port Matilda Fire Company.
According to details in recent Huntingdon Daily News articles, the department recently escaped a bank foreclosure by raising enough funds to pay off a past due balloon payment on its building by the end of last month. Donations to the company provided enough money to cover the almost $28,000 balloon payment. The firehouse is located in Port Matilda on Route 220 in Centre County about 10 miles from Bald Eagle. The long beleaguered company serves Port Matilda, Taylor Township, Halfmoon, Worth and Huston Township in Centre County.
Now according to information which appeared in a Tri-Star Motors advertisement in The Daily Herald, the company faces another deadline by the end of May. That’s the new cutoff date for paying off a balloon payment on a tanker truck or face having the truck repossessed. More than $50,000 is still owed on the truck.
Tri-Star Motors decided to enter the picture by throwing what it calls a three-day party at its Tri-Star Ford-Mercury location in Tyrone. The event began today and will continue on Friday and Saturday.
Tri-Star sales manager Jim Paul was asked why the company decided to become involved. He explained they found out about the fire company’s plight through news media coverage.
“We called the fire company and asked them what we could do to help out,” said Paul.
The auto dealer will donate $20 to the Port Matilda Fire Company for every test drive of a car over the next three days.
The event got under way at noon- time today and will run until 8 p.m. tonight. On Friday, fundraising will commence again at noon and will run until 8 p.m. Events get underway at 9 a.m. and will run until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Paul said Saturday would be a big day for the fundraising effort. He said there would be a big sale on Saturday morning, a car wash and a dunking tank. He also said there would be free food during the next three days thanks to a lot of different companies.
“We will be doing a follow-up with a lot of those companies to give them recognition after the fundraiser is over,” said Paul.
He also said members of the Port Matilda Fire Company will be on hand to collect donations during the event. Paul said some of the fire personnel will be situated along the road near the dealership to collect money from motorists.
Direct donations to the Port Matilda Fire Company can be made at any Omega Bank branch in c/o the “Port Matilda Fire Company Fund.”
Tri-Star Ford-Mercury is located on old Route 220 off the Tipton/Grazierville Exit of Interstate 99. Tri-Star can be reached by phone at 684-4100.