Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Painting Gresham Purple to Fight Cancer

If you’ve been downtown Gresham this past week, you may have noticed the purple ribbons already adorning light poles and sign posts! Its happening, folks!! Tomorrow’s the day! Saturday, June 25 th at
the Main City Park, 219 S Main, Downtown Gresham 12 noon to 11pm. Come on down and join in the
fun at the “CARNIVAL For the Cure”-American Cancer Society. There will be a Canned Food Drive the day of the event - the participant who brings the most cans will be eligible for a prize. Canned food will be used to weight the Luminaria Bags and will be donated to Snow-Cap after the event. The Annual Luminaria is a special ceremony that honors and remembers those who have fought cancer!

There will be lots of celebrating! Guest Speakers, Gresham Fire Department on Site, Live Entertainment,
Fundraising at each Team Booth, Zumba - 2:00 pm, Silent Auction - begins at noon - closes at 7:00 pm,
Balloon Man and Clown.

And if you haven’t joined a team yet, there’s still time! Just go to www.relayforlife.org, type in the zip
code, 97080 and click on “sign up”, put your info in then click “join a Team” and look for Gresham Ford
Chamber AM team! And, Gresham Ford will donate $5 for each person that joins the team! Win! Win! So, there you have it! Start your summer fun with a visit to the Relay for Life Carnival, right here in downtown Gresham Main City Park starting at noon. Spend a few dollars, have some laughs and all for a great cause! Fighting cancer together we can win! We’ll see you there!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Join Our Team

The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Gresham is coming to town! And it’s not your ordinary, get a team together, stay up all night doing continuous laps. They’re going for something totally different!

Saturday, June 25 th at the Main City Park, 219 S Main, Downtown Gresham 12 noon to 11pm come on down and join the “CARNIVAL” fun! Get ready, because it’s going to be a blast!! Lots of celebrating, guest speakers, silent auction, balloon man, clown, Gresham Fire Department on site, live entertainment, fundraising at each team booth, and how about this? A Zumba class at 2pm! That’s right, celebrate, donate and shake your bootie!! They sure put a totally different spin on, what we’ve come to understand as a “Relay for Life” fundraiser. Of course, there is a walking path, which is about 1/8 of a mile, so eight times around equals your 1 mile, and if you have a team and you are still of the mind to do the laps, that counts too!

So, get a team together, decide on a theme, game, or be creative as to what your team is all about. Set up a booth and join in the fundraising fun!! Contact Karen Taylor at 503-795- 3989 or email at karen.taylor@cancer.org for more information.

If you aren’t sure about the whole team thing, you can join our team. Just go to www.relayforlife.org, type in the zip code, 97080 and click on “sign up”, “join a Team” then look for Gresham Ford Chamber AM team! And, Gresham Ford will donate $5 for each person that joins the team! Win! Win!

Mark your calendars, June 25 th , 12pm, Main City Park, 219 S Main, Downtown Gresham and set your taste buds for popcorn and snow cones and head to Downtown Gresham for a fun way to help find a cure!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Father’s Day Ford Stories

For many people, cars and trucks are a lot more than just a way to get from place to place. It’s not just a
mode of transportation, it’s a lifestyle. Dads come in all different forms, with different strengths and interests. For this Father’s Day, we did a search for some Father’s Day stories from Ford owners. We found this great selection posted by Sean T. Johnston on the FordSocial.com website.

     Kim G. and her dad worked together to get her first Mustang looking sharp - I had an electric blue  Mustang with a white vinyl top. My dad bought it for me in 1977. The driver-side quarter panel was full of rust rot. We both wet sanded it, added wire mesh and added the compound. More wet sanding and had it repainted. Came out awesome. My dad passed a year ago. A wonderful memory. Now I've got the black convertible 2004 anniversary issue Mustang! Love!

    Tom S. and his dad pretty much rebuilt a 1967 fastback Ford Mustang from the floorboards - This is my first love, my ‘67 fastback with a 450-hp 351 Cleveland. My old man bought her for $300 for my 16th birthday. She had to be towed to my dad's garage because she had no motor or trans or floors, fenders, hood, bumpers or much of anything. It took us a good three years, but there she is the best gift/memory anyone will ever give me. My father was amazing. I mean, he owns his own glass shop and has always worked on cars but he basically rebuilt her from the ground up by himself with a little help from me of course. Bodywork, paint, interior, motor and trans rebuilds, right down to the 9-inch rear. I feel blessed every time I drive her and it's a bonding experience I had with my father that will last me forever.

Happy Fathers’ Day to all the great dads out there!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Rock the Block 2016 was a Success

Gresham Ford was honored to be asked to participate in the 2016 Rock the Block in Gresham Oregon.  This family friendly celebration is supported by many in the community including schools, residents, social service organizations, the City and a few local businesses.  
Live entertainment, music, games and prizes where all part of the festivities.  Thousands attended and enjoyed the sun and the community involvement.  This is the third year for this event and it continues to develop with the unique Rockwood community feel.  The theme this year was Summer Reading.  Just one example of life saving resources to the most deserving community.  This free family friendly event has and will continue to grow and Gresham Ford is excited to participate and meet so many of our neighbors.  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Vote Local with your Dollars

It is the Season to Vote and we as citizens of this great Country are so lucky to have this freedom. As a huge proponent of “Try Local First” I always like to remind folks that each day you get a chance to vote with your dollars. Spending money with local businesses and at local “Farmer’s Markets” makes such a huge difference in our local economy and enhances public services such as fire and police thru increased funding.

In our schools for instance, this week we were fortunate enough to present Centennial High School with a check for a little over $4,000 from Ford Motor Company from our “Drive One 4 UR School” Event. We are just one of many local businesses that provide funds to local schools and non-profits. The Gresham Barlow Education Foundation this week provided over $4,000 to Powell Valley Elementary for nine Chrome Books and other related technology products. Much of the funds from these grants come from local businesses which, at the end of the day, rely on local customers. When you shop local, you support local!
Drive 4 UR School at Gresham Ford

On another voting matter, we as an industry (automotive), are in desperate need of qualified trained service personnel to meet the demands of the technology of this century’s vehicles. The proposed construction via the current bond measure for Mt. Hood Community College will accomplish this for our industry and provide training for other skills so young people in our community will have livable wage jobs. This is a good thing!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Take me out to the Ball Game!

Batter up! Can you believe Gresham has its very own baseball team? And we couldn’t be prouder to be one of their sponsors! Right here in our backyard we’ll be rooting for the home boys! And if you’re looking to get involved, here’s a great way to get up close and personal with some of the county’s best and brightest!

As the inaugural season of the Gresham GreyWolves Baseball approaches, nearing a June 3 rd Opening Day, the club is searching for interested community members to take part in the GreyWolves’ host family program. It is an amazing opportunity to be part of these player’s lives as they strive for their athletic goals.

The GreyWolves are hosting an “Informational Meeting,” and invite you to attend. Monday, May 2,
Origin’s Coffee House, 600 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham, 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Team owners Jerry & Lisa Walker along with head coach Justin Barchus will be in attendance to explain the process, answer any questions, and give an overview of the upcoming season as a “Host Family.”

For more information about the team, the players and their summer schedule, please visit GreshamGreyWolves.com.

Join Gresham Ford in supporting our very own Baseball team and all the fun that comes with it.  Supporting the Gresham Community is a driving force for the Dealer with a Heart and the Gresham Ford team.  To learn more about the Contribute to the Community program contact our Community Involvement Manager, Amy Tipsord.  Make it a great week!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Team Nancy and our Local Warrior of Hope

What an honor it is to have such amazing people right here in our back yard doing incredible things!

Cancer has a way making a mention in our everyday conversations. Who doesn’t know someone impacted by cancer or currently undergoing treatment? Tam Driscoll has been fighting for others for the past 15 years as an avid volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Now Tam is taking her campaign to a national level, having been nominated as a National All Star Candidate for LLS representing Oregon. She is the first to represent our state in this all-star campaign and the first in the Pacific Northwest. But going beyond our Oregon border, her campaign is going worldwide with the team’s motto: CANCER KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES. NEITHER DOES OUR DETERMINATION. With this moniker, the goal is to secure a donation from every state and continent. Only three weeks into a 10 week campaign, her team of 25 volunteers have secured donations from as far as Russia and Malaysia.

The team has checked off 22 out of 50 states (yes, Oregon is one of the 22) and four out of seven
continents. Not only is this a nice lesson in geography but a nice lesson in showing how much the world cares. Let’s show them how much Gresham cares. In support of the Oregon All Star Team, Gresham Ford will match any donation dropped off at Gresham Ford or made online if you put “Gresham Ford” in the comment line, up to $500 by April 15. Also, for every set of tires purchased until April 15, Gresham Ford will donate $25.  Just mention Tam’s name and we’ll make sure she gets it!  If you’d like to see what states and continents remain to be conquered, check out the team’s home page at www.tamdriscoll.com for the complete list.

So, we stand with Tam and Team Nancy pushing towards this ultimate goal!  Won’t you join us?  Take a moment today and go to www.tamdriscoll.com and help us push the dial closer to a cure!