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!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Things Be “Hoppin” Round Here!

The grass is green, the flowers and trees are in full color, the birds are singing!  Spring is definitely happening!!  And so we look for those brightly colored eggs, hidden among the beautiful flowers and
watch for Peter Rabbit as he hops his way into our corner of the world confirming to all that spring has
come!

A couple of local family events to keep in mind for this hoppin season are;  Eggstravaganza, Saturday, March 26th from 11am to 1:30pm at Greater Gresham Baptist Church, 3848 NE Division St, Gresham.  Peter Cottontail is coming, plus games, prizes, candy, eggs, crafts and burgers.
Greater Gresham Baptist Church Eggstravaganza 2016

This event is FREE to the whole family so, bring friends, relatives, neighbors, come one, come all!  Open to everyone, no age limit! (Food available for purchase.) For more information call Lanette at 503-667-1515 or lanette@greatergresham.org.

Another fabulous time to be had by all will be the 28th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Donald Robertson Park,
24300 NE Halsey in Wood Village, March 26th.  Peter Rabbit hitting the scene at 9am with the hunt beginning at 10am for ages 3-9.  There is no charge for this event.

So, there you have it!  A hoppin good time is ahead so ready those baskets and keep a sharp eye out!

Happy Easter to all!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Gresham Barlow Education Foundation 2016 Phone A Thon

Dialing for dollars….

“Reading is the foundation students need for every subject.  Whether they aspire to be a mechanic, an actress, or a scientist, it begins with reading,“ according to Hollydale teacher Dori Stewart.  The Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation is kicking off its 14th annual Phone-a-Thon to support literacy.  Funds raised through the Phone-a-Thon have been used to support literacy in the District in a variety of ways including classroom reading support and District-wide reading curriculum.  The addition of an eLibrary allows students another avenue to become strong readers and successful students.

The Phone-a-Thon will coordinate with the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, as students from Gresham and Barlow High Schools call the community to help fund the expansion of the district-wide eLibrary.  The eLibrary was established two years ago through Phone-a-Thon funding.  The current focus is to expand the availability of research and information texts along with the addition of fiction and audio books. High school media specialist, Neil Wong has a goal to grow the eLibrary at the high school level. “I firmly believe that a combination of eBooks and print titles are the future of our libraries and will serve our students well.”


In an effort to help them reach their goal, Gresham Ford has donated a $20 coupon that can be used toward any repair or maintenance service for all Phone-a-Thon donations of $40 or more.  Anyone wishing to support the expansion of the eLibrary, can donate online at gbefkids.org, or contact Vicki Moen, Executive Director GBEF at 503-766-0008.

It takes a village….let’s work together and answer those calls to further of our children’s education.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Relay for Life Kickoff in Gresham

This past week we had the “Kick Off” for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life here at Gresham Ford.  While it is still branded as “Relay for Life” it is really just an opportunity to form teams to think of creative ways to raise money for the good work of the American Cancer Society.  This is an opportunity to get your Girl Scout Troop or your Bridge Club together and have some fun while at the same time plan on making a donation on June 25th at Main Street Park in Gresham.

The American Cancer Society provides numerous services and support to families, friends and those
fighting this as of yet, incurable disease.   Share this phone number 1-800-227-2345 with anyone who is in need of services or support in their journey.  Some of the things they provide are transportation to and from treatment, support for family members, wigs and other items that are needed by patients
during their treatment.  The list of their support was too numerous to list…so please give this number a call if you have any needs or questions regarding treatment, care or support….or if you would like to volunteer on behalf of the American Cancer Society.

Then please put together a team – there is not a better way to spend some time with friends, family,
neighbors, or other church members.  For more information and to register, please call Karen Taylor at 503-795-3989, or email; karen.taylor@cancer.org.  You can also visit their Facebook page at Relay for Life of Gresham.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

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 veteran’s 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.