The End of an Era...
Call it bias, but car people are good people! The local Mt Hood Mustang & Fords Club recently made a donation ($1,200) to sponsor one veteran to participate in the Nation Honor Flight Network program.
We have always had a passion and reverent respect for all of our service men and women, and the WWII veterans are just some real special folks. Many have gone unnoticed as they have quietly lived out their lives in the years following WWII. The National Honor Flight Network is an organization that has taken up the banner of these lost heroes and, through generous donations from ordinary people like you and me, they are able to give them the honor of visiting the memorial in Washington, DC that was built in recognition of their service.
The National Honor Flight Network program takes WWII veterans to Washington, DC free of charge for a four day trip. Veterans and Guardians who assist the veterans will visit the WWII Memorial, U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Tomb of the Unknowns, and other veterans memorials in the Washington, DC area. Almost 100,000 WWII veterans from across our nation have participated in the HFN program launched eight years ago, but there are still many on the list who want to go. WWII veterans travel free of charge in appreciation for their WWII service and sacrifice seven decades ago preserving our freedoms.
From the depths of our hearts here at Gresham Ford, you - the Mt Hood Mustang & Fords Club, make us proud of your unselfish service to our vets and our community. Thank you for caring!
For more information regarding the National Honor Flight Program visit, www.portlandhonorflight.org or call 971-264-0814. Also, to find out more about the Mt Hood Mustang & Fords Club go to, http://www.mhmf.com.
2016 Relay For Life
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Gresham will host a kickoff event on February 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Gresham Ford as volunteers and participants launch fundraising efforts for the year. Come join in the Carnival antics as they anticipate 2016 with hope and opportunities in this new year.
The kickoff will honor cancer survivors and caregivers, and will feature speakers from the community who have benefitted from the funds raised at Relay For Life. Those interested will also be able to register to participate in the carnival themed event to be held on June 25, 2016 beginning at noon at Main City Park.
The worlds largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against cancer.
This year, Relay For Life will take place in nearly 6,000 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and will raise funds to support the mission of the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back.
Cruise for Charity...
Several years ago Sue Piazza did something that I am still in awe of .she set out to raise $50,000 for charity in the one year prior to her 50th birthday – well she exceeded her goal and raised over $70,000 for 6 local charities. She did everything from bake sales to auctions but it was all fun! So when she mentioned to me a couple weeks ago that she had a great idea for local non-profits to raise money – I knew it must be something big and as with all of her projects – FUN – but this is more than fun, its an adventure!
Do you want to see the beauty and history that lines both sides of the Danube on a Luxury European River Cruise? Who wouldnt! In addition, you have the ability to earn $1,000 per person to a qualified charity. Yes that is right .$1,000 per person! So, this beautiful vessel has 75 rooms of double occupancy so that is $150,000 for charity and all while you take the trip of a lifetime at a competitive price from a competent, caring local travel planner – Sue Piazza of Bucket List Travel Tours.
Bob and I signed up immediately and our donation is going to Y.M.C.A Camp Collins where kids are able to experience the beautiful, great outdoors under the kind and caring leadership of Willard Burks and staff. Each year scholarships are given to local kids who would not have the financial ability to attend Camp without this support. So, while we Cruise - kids will ride horses, sing around the campfire, swim, climb walls, and in general have the camp experience all kids dream of. We know we will have a remarkable time on the Cruise but by providing $2,000 to a local charity with no additional expense on our part, we will truly have the time of our lives.
Oil Feeds More Than Your Engine
We at Gresham Ford are so blessed to partner with other businesses in our community to work on projects that benefit the less fortunate throughout the year. And when a business goes above and beyond they should be recognized - so drum roll please – as we applaud Carson Oil and its employees for going above and beyond to help Fill-A-Bag benefitting SnowCap Community Charities. They wanted to do more than just write a check they wanted to get their employees involved - and their employees wanted to get involved even better so they collected non-perishable items (literally a truck load full) and took up a sizeable donation (north of $1,000) to give to Fill-A-Bag for SnowCap. And the most impressive part is this is just one of the many charitable projects they complete during the holiday season.
Carson Oil provides most of the oil and lubricant products here at Gresham Ford so when you have an oil change in our QucikLane, where we work on all makes and models and are open Monday thru Friday 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (winter hours) and Saturdays 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., you are getting oil from a company that not only cares about the performance of your car but cares about your community also.
The morning that Shawn Ghods, Account Manager for Carson Oil showed up with all of this I unfortunately was tied up with auditors (you know all that year end stuff) so I was feeling over-regulated and wondering why do we do all this work – when regulations make it sometimes so difficult when Shawn made me realize business is more than business-- it is about taking care of our community .Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Gresham Ford proud to work with Carson Oil a business that helps us serve our customers and our community!
While not someone who stays up late, I always enjoyed reviewing David Lettermans top ten reasons why so as everyone has a Year-End Holiday Sale – these are my top ten reasons to buy a Ford .
1. An Iconic History – Ford Motor Company is a true success story – yes ups and downs but has always represented the best of what is American – ingenuity and self-reliance (remember we took no taxpayer money).
2. Affordable and Reliable – yes there are better vehicles out there but not in the price range we offer Alan Mullaly was serious when he said we will make the best vehicles with all the features of vehicles costing twice or three times as much.
3. We have a vehicle for everyone from our fully electric Focus to our hardworking SuperDutys
4. We have the Classics (Mustang) and we always have something new like the EV Cmax that easily gets 80-100 miles per gallon based on your driving.
5. When you purchase from an American based company (and there are fewer everyday) you provide for more American Jobs!
6. Gresham Ford is the Dealership With a Heart for Our Community so if you buy a Ford or any Pre-Owned Vehicle from us you will be assured that you are paying it forward in your community.
7. When we say the purchasing experience is pleasant and no pressure we mean it our Reputation Score is one of the highest in the Country-yes the whole country!
8. And for a limited time, you can get 0% APR for 60 months on select models with Ford Financing.*
9. Plus, up to $1,000 Holiday Bonus Cash and $1,500 cash back!*
10. And then theres no payments for 90 days!*
*On Select Models, on approved credit with FMCC. Not all customers will qualify.
So you see, there are so many fantastic reasons to buy a Ford!! Come on in to Gresham Ford and well fill you in on all the details! Happy Holidays and may this New Year be the Best Ever!!
You Make A Difference
Fill A Bag is off to a great start because of all of your efforts – the biggest collection of food ever at the Spirit of Christmas. Sometimes it seems that we do and do . And does it really make a difference? I assure you, it does. This past Thanksgiving 219 families were helped by SnowCap in one day. Their Holiday was better because you took the time to give generously. So, on behalf of all the folks at SnowCap – THANK YOU. Because of you they are able to offer services to those working families in need during evening hours on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Others that will be helped a Senior Citizen on a fixed income that has to choose between buying groceries and paying a utility bill a single mom that cant quite stretch her paycheck one more week that family that had an unexpected medical expense these are all the type of neighbors that SnowCap helps. While you are encouraged to clean out your pantry and drop off here at Gresham Ford, we also have donation envelopes available in Service or the Sales Department. SnowCap is able to buy food for five cents a pound from the Oregon Food Bank so just $1 donated could provide 20 pounds of food for someone in need----so, all we are trying to say is if you are going to have to buy food to put it in the bag, it might be more prudent to make a small donation.
If you want to make a donation with your pajamas on just go to SnowCap.org and click on the Fill-A-Bag Button.
Tears of Joy!
We are starting this Holiday Season with tears of joy. Couldnt be happier than if I had received a Red Ryder BB gun! We are going to be Ducks!! OK this is going to sound like one of those boastful Christmas letters that we all snicker at, then toss in the trash but I cant help myself I am so proud that one of our granddaughters has been accepted to attend the University of Oregon ..I know you Beavers are thinking-not sure why you are so elated – just to let you know we would be equally proud if that were her choice! When something good happens to you – you smile, when something positive happens to your children - you are proud, when something great happens to your grandchildren – you are just teared up happy and want to tell the world and that is where I am so bear with me .
Then when you think it just cant get any better another granddaughter who just graduated from nursing school got a job offer from CHOC in Orange County, CA where she hopes to fulfill her dream of working with children suffering from cancer. When she described her passion for this career it was another tearful moment .she expressed how it would be so rewarding to help cure children and in those tragic cases where a cure cannot be found be the most passionate caregiver possible. These moments make the seasonally popular movie Its a Wonderful Life all the more meaningful and yes tearful!
As a child you never understand tears of joy as a grandparent you embrace them! As someone who is always bragging about Fords – thank you for letting me brag about something that really makes the Holiday Season special – grandkids! Happy Holidays to you and your families!