Friday, September 9, 2016

Remembering 9/11

We all remember that day.  Who could forget?  Where you were, what you felt, and who you were with.  It’s ingrained in all of us and it’s something that we all share. 
In honor of all those first responders that were lost that day, here’s what Gresham Ford is doing through the generosity of Ford Motor Company.  Through October 3rd we’re presenting a “First Responder Program” with a major enhancement of $2,000 bonus cash on eligible 2015, 2016 and 2017 F-150 and Super Duty.  If you are a first responder, (police, fire, paramedic) or you know someone who is, we’d love for you to take of advantage of this amazing offer. There are other incentives too so come on in and ask one of our sales professionals for all the details!
Also, if you’re a runner, know someone who is or just want something fun to do to commemorate the events of 9/11, head to Historic Downtown Gresham Main City Park, 219 S Main St, this Sunday September 11th for the 2016 Springwater Half Marathon.  It’s something the whole family can enjoy.  From a kids dash starting at 7:30am, a 9/11 Recognition Ceremony a 8am followed by the start of the race and the awards ceremony at 10:30am, to finish beer garden, live music and food!  And the best part is, all the proceeds from this event will go to benefit Veterans of Foreign Wars.  For more information and to register, go to: http://www.runspringwaterhalf.com/.
On that note, the annual Veterans Stand Down will be happening again October 22nd, 2016.  Stand Downs provide services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment.  Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, AND LOTS of community support and volunteers. If you’d like to help, donate or just want more information, please contact Amy Tipsord at atipsord@greshamford.com.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Gresham Ford's recommendations for Labor Day

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. By the year 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
Enough of the history lesson and on to what’s happen now for this Labor Day celebration! Here at Gresham Ford, we’re going to do what we ought and give our customers, “Freedom to save, Freedom from Interest and Freedom to Choose”!  Running through September 6th, 2016, Ford is offering 0% PLUS Ford Smart Bonus Cash! Come in anytime and have a chat with one of our sales professionals to find out all the details!  Save, pay no interest and choose from our great selection of new Ford cars, trucks and SUVs!  And remember, you only have until Tuesday, September 6th to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!


And for something fun to do, if you like running, run or walk the Springwater Half; A half marathon, 10k, 5k and kid’s dash that follows a former railway line of the same name. The Springwater Half is kicking off its inaugural year in 2016, September 11th, at Main City Park, 219 S Main Ave., Gresham, OR 97080 . After you finish the course enjoy live music, a beer garden, and great food at the finish line. For more information and to register, go to http://www.runspringwaterhalf.com/.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Do you believe in dreams?

Each year, YMCA’s annual campaign raises funds to help support youth and families through their financial assistance program.  In 2015, the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Child Care Division provided over $649,000 in financial assistance to participants.

As the largest provider of non-profit early learning and afterschool enrichment in the Portland and Vancouver regional area, YMCA child care programs provide children with a nurturing atmosphere and dynamic curriculum that celebrates individuality, promotes self-esteem and encourages positive social interaction.  Working together with families to make each program a supportive and challenging place for children to grow and develop.

If you’d like to contribute to this amazing program, here’s your chance.  October 22nd, 2016 is the date for the “Night to Believe in Dreams”, benefit Dinner and Auction.  Participating in this event will raise much needed funds for financial assistance for families and youth development programs.  With your gift and support, the YMCA can continue to help our communities grow and flourish by supporting those in need.  No other organization can impact as many people as powerfully as they do every day!
For more information and to purchase tickets go to, www.ymcacw.org/believe-in-dreams.

All kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve.  Let’s mark our calendars for October 22nd and help them “Believe in their Dreams”!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Journey of a Single Mother

I applaud mothers everywhere who sacrifice for the wellbeing of their children and especially those raising kids on their own. You or someone you know is a single mom. Struggling with the loneliness of being on your own, every decision is yours and yours alone, every crisis falls on your lap. There’s no one else to help with the teething and terrible twos, sibling fights and night terrors.

Kim Vestal understands the urgent need single mothers have to build friendships and be part of a community. Raising six children on her own, Kim’s passion is to help other single mothers break out of their isolation and find love and support. Four years ago Kim started Extending Grace, “No Single Mom Walks Alone”, a ministry that brings single mothers together to share with each other, provide emotional support and develop friendships. The mothers can also find practical help such as parenting strategies, financial, cooking and nutritional education. Most of all, the mothers are able to encourage one another.

If this speaks to you, or that someone you may know, there is a city wide gathering August 26 th at Central Bible Church, 8815 NE Glisan St, Portland from 6-8pm. Come and be encouraged and embraced, dinner for you and your kids, and free childcare provided for kids 1-12. For more information please contact Kim at 971.998.3824 or email at info@extendinggrace.org.

You are no longer alone!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gresham Arts Festival is coming July 16th

The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated crop of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more.

The free, family friendly Gresham Arts Festival will be held, July 16 th , from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in addition to more than 140 artist booths and a dozen musical acts, the Kids' Village will set up shop at the Arts Plaza. Cool off in the Children's Fountain, unleash your inner snowboarder, be a martial arts master and break some boards, and enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, snow cones, a dunk tank and more.

The Gresham community and festival visitors will also come together to smash a new Guinness World Record following last year's successful Chalk of Fame. Families, businesses, community groups and
visitors will paint 14,400 wooden blocks to form a beautiful mosaic designed by local artist Guy Edwards
with Brainjar Media. Everyone is welcome to help break the record and paint a set (or more) of 25 wooden blocks. Drop in on July 16 th , between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Arts Plaza on Third Street between Hood and Kelly Avenues, or reserve your blocks online at www.GreshamOregon.gov/ArtsFestival. For more information please call Shannon Chisom 503-750-3785 or email at shannon.chisom@greshamoregon.gov. A measurement ceremony and celebration will be held at 4 p.m.

So, mark your calendars for July 16 th and head to Historic Downtown Gresham for the 15th Gresham Arts
Festival, a day filled with "Look at that!" art, music, food and fun, turning the city's historic downtown into a giant art gallery.

Gresham Arts Festival is coming July 16th

The Gresham Arts Festival draws thousands from around the region each year to the charming downtown streets to meet, browse and shop from a carefully curated crop of Northwest artists and artisans, ranging from painters, potters and sculptors to woodworkers, photographers, jewelers and more.

The free, family friendly Gresham Arts Festival will be held, July 16 th , from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in addition to more than 140 artist booths and a dozen musical acts, the Kids' Village will set up shop at the Arts Plaza. Cool off in the Children's Fountain, unleash your inner snowboarder, be a martial arts master and break some boards, and enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, snow cones, a dunk tank and more.

The Gresham community and festival visitors will also come together to smash a new Guinness World Record following last year's successful Chalk of Fame. Families, businesses, community groups and
visitors will paint 14,400 wooden blocks to form a beautiful mosaic designed by local artist Guy Edwards
with Brainjar Media. Everyone is welcome to help break the record and paint a set (or more) of 25 wooden blocks. Drop in on July 16 th , between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Arts Plaza on Third Street between Hood and Kelly Avenues, or reserve your blocks online at www.GreshamOregon.gov/ArtsFestival. For more information please call Shannon Chisom 503-750-3785 or email at shannon.chisom@greshamoregon.gov. A measurement ceremony and celebration will be held at 4 p.m.

So, mark your calendars for July 16 th and head to Historic Downtown Gresham for the 15th Gresham Arts
Festival, a day filled with "Look at that!" art, music, food and fun, turning the city's historic downtown into a giant art gallery.

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!