Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The definition of sucess...

As Henry Ford so eloquently said, “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”  And true to his example, Ford Motor Company is one of the most successful businesses in the US.  And here’s a good reason why.  Twice a year, we participate in the Ford Motor Company Drive 4 UR School events.  This is an event that is targeted primarily for high schools across the country.  For one day, students, parents, relatives and friends along with teachers, coaches and staff, take a quick 10 minute, no pressure test drive in a brand new Ford vehicle and Ford Motor Company donates $20.  Then, for a quick FREE inspection of their own vehicle in our Quick Lane station, Ford Motor Company donates another $10.  So, $30 from Ford Motor Company donated to a school program or organization for a brief 20 minutes of someone’s time.  A total of $7,000 for the day, and all that’s required is a simple test drive and vehicle inspection.And true to Henry Ford’s precedence, The Seattle Region (Ford Motor Company) and Northwest Ford Dealers Association are sponsoring the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on March 8th in Seattle, WA to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  In conjunction with our Drive 4 UR School event, the Northwest Ford Dealers Association will donate $20 to the LLS per test drive as well.So, come on out to Gresham Ford, March 14th  10am-4pm, and not only to support your schools, but also a great cause as well.

Henry Ford’s vision was as far reaching as the stars themselves.  The sky is the limit when you understand that community is the foundation and our children are the building blocks of the future.  His insight for the investment in our schools and our kids is truly about making more than just money!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gresham Ford Loves Vets

JANUARY 28, 2015


Fifteen year old Trenton and his family want to “do something good for someone who has served and sacrificed for us” so they are seeking nominations for a Veteran to receive a Ford Focus SEL, absolutely free.

If you know of vet that would be blessed by receiving a free car, simply nominate them by going to the “Love a Vet” section at www.GreshamFord.com.

Tell us their story of service to our nation, what their life is like since returning home and
why the gift of this car would be a blessing to them.  All honorably discharged members of any branch of the military and from any era are eligible.

Nominations should be 200 words or less and must be received by 5pm on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Stories may be broadcast on the Salem Communications radio stations in Portland (93.9 KPDQ FM, 800AM and 104.1 FM the Fish).  Only their first names will be used and their identities protected.

The vehicle is a 2012 Ford Focus SEL with an automatic transmission, Ford Extended Service Protection warranty and free Maintenance Care agreement at Gresham Ford Quick Lane.  Title and registration fees are included and since this is a gift, there are no taxes to be paid by the recipient.

The Focus will be presented on President’s Day, Monday, February 16th, 2015, 9am at Gresham Ford.  While we would love to honor the recipient in person at that time, it is not required that they be present at the presentation ceremony.

Amy Williamson at

Gresham Ford at 503-665-0101 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Gresham Strong

Fill-A-Bag Sponsored by Gresham Ford
This is a small community, but a very connected and supportive one!  As I’ve said, “When businesses serve their communities, everyone benefits”, and it’s been proven time and time again here in East
County.  Today wraps up our 2014 Fill-A-Bag food drive for SnowCap.  Every year I am amazed at how this community comes together and collects hundreds of thousands of pounds of food for our local food bank.  Last year alone, over 500,000 pounds were gathered over a three month period.  The tally is still out for this year, but we should have a total count soon.  Stay tuned!

On another note, something new is happening here in our neck of the woods.  Gresham Strong!  This is a weekly public affairs TV show spotlighting the things that make the Gresham region a more vibrant and prosperous community.  It features interviews with the people behind East County business, non-profits, schools, churches, art and community events, governments and civic groups that are helping make Gresham Strong.

The new show premiers Tuesday, January 13th at 7pm on Comcast 21 and Frontier 32.  You can also view online at GreshamStrong.com.

This week’s guests include; Kedma Ough, Director of the Mt. Hood Community College Small Business Development Center, Pam Vredevelt, best-selling author and co-founder of the national non-profit, “The Safe Empowered Child”, Faith in Gresham with Larry Jorgenson, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Try Local First guest host Bess Wills with Debbie Phillips, owner of Bella Cupcakes (and if you haven’t tried one of her cupcakes, you’re really missing out).

I am proud to be a part of this community and honored to be a guest host on this new program.  Mark
your calendar and share this evening with us as we move forward into 2015 keeping “Gresham Strong”!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

And We’re Off!

It’s been a great start, so far!  The bags are filling and the cash is rolling in! A huge special “Thank You” to Balance Health & Injury Clinic for hosting the Challenge Game Night!  Approximately 34,000 pounds of food were collected (that’s how much SnowCap can buy with $1,700) from this spectacular event!  And everyone had a great time!!

Another special “Thank You” we send out to Riverview Community Bank on Burnside!  They hosted a Fill-A-Bag Dinner and Auction last Wednesday night.  We’re still waiting for the numbers but we’re sure it was a great success as well!!

If you’d like to help, there are donation jars at these locations: Balance Health & Injury Clinic, Birch
Community Services, Gresham Outlook, Nancy’s Floral, Human Solutions, Gresham Chrysler, Farmers Insurance-Rick Stubblefield, MBank, iCandy, Farmers Insurance-Spencer Lund, JR Furniture, Small Business Development Center, Eastco, Gresham Integrated Care, Kevin Minkoff CPA, Gresham Sign Solutions and Gresham Ford.

Remember, for every $1, SnowCap can purchase 20 pounds of food from the Oregon Food Bank so those dollars go a long, long way!

And don’t forget to pick up your last minute gifts and get your packages wrapped at Gresham Ford next Thursday, December 18th, 12pm-8pm benefitting the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation as well!

We couldn’t do this without this amazing, graciously generous community! A big “Thank You” to everyone that has come out to the events, filled bags and donated cash.  There are so many in need and through the hearts of this community, we’ll make a difference this Holiday Season!  Thank you all!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ribbons and Bows

Hurry, scurry!  Hustle, bustle! The season of cheer crashes in with the bell ringers ringing, the carolers caroling, reindeer flying, wrapping paper wrinkling, cookies baking and oh, my goodness, I forgot Aunt Sally!! Not to worry!!  We have just the answer for you!

Thanks to Sue Piazza, there’s an event happening at Gresham Ford, Final Touches Holiday Event.  Let us do the gift wrapping for you.  And for those last minute, “oh my goodness I forgot moments”, there’ll be Christmas Cut-out Cookies ready to decorate, Floral Arrangements, Gifts and other Goodies!  Also, there will be some wonderful Holiday Stockings for him, her and the kids donated by local businesses.

And don’t forget to purchase your ticket for a chance to win a 2014 Vespa S50!  Who wouldn’t want that?  Go online: http://www.gbefkids.org/events-2014/ or stop by the service cashier at Gresham Ford.

The drawing will be held at 7:25pm the night of the event and you NEED NOT TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!  All funds will benefit the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation 20/Twenty Fund.  Additionally, every dollar earned will be matched up to $20,000.  This is a great way to get all those last minute gifts and goodies to complete your holiday and help our schools in the process.

So, put this on your hurry, scurry, hustle, bustle calendar!  December 18th, 12 noon to 8pm at Gresham Ford, 1999 E Powell Blvd.  Take a breath, sit back and let us finish it up!!  We got it handled!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tis the Season...

Fill A Bag & Help Stop Hunger
Is your church or non-profit organization looking for a way to help those in our community that may be a little less fortunate this Holiday Season?  Well, here’s the answer for you.  The Fourth Annual Fill-A-Bag food drive for SnowCap Community Charities is in full swing! If you’d like to pick up a stack of bags to take to your church or organization stop by Gresham Ford.  We’re open until midnight and you can pick them up anytime.

You can drop the filled bags at Riverview Community Bank on Burnside, Gresham Ford, Stamp-Connection or Balance Health & Injury Clinic.  SnowCap not only benefits greatly from all the food donations, but the cash donations are an even better blessing.  For every $1 donated, SnowCap can purchase 20 pounds of food!!  That’s $.05 a pound!! There is an envelope attached to each bag if you’d like to mail in your contributions or you can also donate online at: http://www.snowcap.org/Donate.aspx.

Another great annual event that is happening is “A Celebration of Thanksgiving” presented by Adventist Health.  This Annual Thanksgiving concert highlighting a commitment to hope and healing features Wayne Watson and Susan Ashton.  Admission is free with your donated nonperishable food items, but a ticket is required as space is limited.  All donations will benefit the Oregon Food Bank.  Tickets are available at Gresham Ford, but they’re going fast.  It will be held at New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens Rd, Happy Valley, November 22 at 7pm.

So, as we approach the Season of all Seasons, remember you can Fill-A-Bag or attend a concert and
make a difference!