Saturday, December 22, 2012

Connections Community, Inc.

Dear Bess,

Thank you so much for your generous gift of the use of one of your Ford trucks to help us move the thousands of books for our First Annual Book Sale at the Gresham Public Library.  It was such a help and such a beautiful truck to drive.

We thank you also for all the ways you generously donate back to the Gresham community.  I am coming to feel like a partner with you in our mutual mission to strengthen our community.

Blessings and may hour holidays be fruitful.


Connections Community, Inc.

Barlow Mat Club

Gresham Ford,

The Barlow Mat Club would like to thank you for your support and donation to our program and fundraising event.  With your support, our fundraiser was a great success.  We were able to raise funds to start a scholarship program for children who want to participate in the sport of wrestling, but whose parents can't afford the costs.  Our scholarships will be used by children ages 4 to 14 to cover the participation fees and equipment.

Our coaches work hard to help our young wrestlers become the best that they can be, not only on the mat, but in the classroom and in life.  We focus on helping our children develop life skills; respect, responsibility, and personal character.  Barlow Mat Club's coaches pride themselves on helping children in more than just the sport of wrestling.  Many of our coaches attend the children's other sporting events and school events just to show support to our young athletes.

Your support is greatly appreciated.  We hope that you , your staff, family and friends will be able to attend a youth wrestling event and see some of these children that you have helped.

Again we thank you for your support.


The Barlow Mat Club

A 4-H Thank you!

Bess Wills,

Thank you so much for your generous donation.  I really appreciate all the support you have given me throughout the years.

I plan on finishing my 2 years of 4-H and Scouts then go study Biomedical Engineering at OSU.  I promise to keep up the hard work.



Thank you from Open Door Christian Volleyball Team

Thank you for your support and donating to our open door Christian Volleyball Team.


God Bless Your Christmas

Dear Bess,

Thank you so much for the gift of the tire on my new Ford Focus! 

I believe in your dealership and will say so to my friends!

God Bless Your Christmas and much success in 2013!



The Snowman Foundation

Dear Ms. Wills,

Gifts like yours make me break into song; I caught myself humming "What a Wonderful World" by Lois Armstrong this morning.  As I sat to write this letter, I sang a few lines from Queen's "We Are the Champions".  And even though the only lyric I know from ABBA's "Thank you for the Music" is "Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing, thanks for all the joy I'm bringing", it seemed appropriate to share that sentiment with you as well.

On behalf of Michael Allen Harrison and the Snowman Foundation board, thank you very much for your gift.  Thank you for all the joy that you are bringing, thank you for all the songs children are singing and playing and creating because of your gift.

Each day, I encounter a different child who has been impacted by a gift from The Snowman Foundation and get to witness their talent, growth and giving.  One of our most longstanding scholarship recipients, has "played" her gift forward by offering no-cost lessons to young musicians, and encouraging kids to explore their own musical passions.

As The Snowman Foundation celebrates more than a decade of making a difference in Oregon and Washington's music community, we recognize that your support is what truly enables us to bring music into the lives of children.  And as I anticipate the next decade, I know that with your support, The Snowman Foundation will continue to help kids make beautiful music.

Very Truly Yours,

Foundation Manager

Kiwanis International Sponsorship

Dear Bess,

Thank you so much for your generous sponsorship of our 2012 golf tournament.  This year we had a successful tournament with 60 golfers and more than 33 sponsors and 40 donors.

Because of your financial generosity, we raised $7,000 and will be able to continue supporting many programs.  Some of the major programs are; Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Disabled Children,  Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Loaves & Fishes, SnowCap Community Charities, Bethany House, Zarapeth's House, and My Father's House.

Thank you, from all of us and from the people whom you have helped. 

Gresham Earlyrisers Kiwanis Club

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thank You For Your Generosity

Dear Bess,

Thank you for your kind generosity in lending the Ford van to me for my trip to Salem. I recommended Gresham Ford to two people interested in buying Ford vehicles, as well as many others. I greatly appreciate All your support. This trip was like switching on a light in a dark room for me.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Almost everything is new

Yes we have a new address, new location and lots of new Ford models and inventory.  We are officially moved.  Our new location is just across the street at 1999 East Powell Blvd (only one block away from our old location- you can't miss the signs).  Don't let all the new construction deter you.  It is worth the trip to see all of our new Ford models:the new Escape, the all new C-Max and the newly redesigned Fusion just to name a few.

The new Fusion just arrived and it is gorgeous!  The new Fusion Hybrid is best in class fuel economy with 47 MPG in the city and on the highway.  The Fusion Titanium has 10-way power drivers seat with power lumbar and two way power recline front 4 way adjustable head restraints and SNYC services, My Ford Touch with Audio System from Sony has 12 speakers and HD radio.  Come find out more about all that the New Ford Fusion has to offer at our new location.

In addition to all the other NEWS we are changing our service hours of operation.  As of November 5th, 2012 we will be open from 7:00am until midnight Monday - Friday and still open Saturday 8am to 4pm.  Now that's news!

But along with all the NEWS you will still see all the same friendly faces, just a few more!  And of course our old fashioned commitment to our community will never change.  We are gearing up for Fill-A-Bag, hope you can join us on November 1st for our bag folding party.  More details to come.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Know When to Fold 'Em

Events not to miss!  Trick or treating in Historic Downtown Gresham will be held Wednesday evening from 4 to 6pm.  If you don't have little ghouls or gremlins it is still worthwhile to come downtown for dinner just to see all the great costumes!  Thank you to all the retailers and restaurants who generously hand out candy to the community for this fun event.

No, its not Texas Hold'em it is Fill-A-Bag Fold-em.  Fill-A-Bag, gathered over 300,000 pounds of food for SnowCap last year and the first event in this process in the Bag Folding Party.  And, yes it is a part with happy hands folding the bags and envelops that will be put in the Outlook to reach our goal for this year and meet the need of providing nutrition for the less fortunate in East County.  Yes, that is the great thing about this project the food all stays here in East County.

The Bag Folding Party is open to the public and will be held at the New Gresham Ford located at 1999 East Powell Blvd. on Thursday November 1st from 5pm until the 10,000th bag is folded.  We are all in  - in making this a successful event.  Lots of community partners are helping, the Breakfast Lions Club, the Gresham Rotary, but we need more help.  10,000 bags are many and lots of hands made quick work!  Bags and envelopes will be available for pickup for your church, club or school after November 1st at Riverview Community Bank 225 East Burnside Road (across the street from Gresham High School) or at Gresham Ford or at Drakes 7 Dees on Stark in Gresham.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

We Have a New MPG Baby

Maximum commitment.  We go further for you.  The all-new Ford C-Max Hybrid :reduced carbon footprint with real car performance.  Ford Motor Company is introducing its first hybrid-only model vehicle.  The C-Max wagon , a vehicle Ford brought from Europe and equipped with a gasoline-electric propulsion system, arrived in showrooms last month.  The C-Max Hybrid joins an award winning family of Ford electrified vehicles that have been delighting eco-conscious drivers for more than 10 years.  You will find a lengthy list of smart standards on every C-Max Hybrid.  CEO Alan Mulally has made fuel economy a cornerstone of his turnaround plan.  The C-Max is rated at 47 MPG both in the city and the highway.  Our next-generation smartgauge with ecoguide, standard on every C-Max Hybrid, innovatively coaches you to get the most from every ride.  The C-Max can generate 188 horsepower.  Vibrant green leaves growing on a virtual vine provide visual feedback on your fuel efficiency.  The higher your mpg, the more lush your vine will be.

And remember if you don't see what you're looking for in our inventory, no problem.  The Gresham Ford Locating Service is here to save you time and money.

Ford has also priced the C-Max to start below the competitors base price according to researchers at  THis new baby arrived at Gresham Ford October 1st 2012, call for more details or to schedule your personalized test drive with a Eco-Specialist 503-665-0101.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ford Customer Viewpoint

Dear Sirs,

I received the standard Ford Customer after Sales Survey for response concerning my recent purchase of a 2013 For Explorer.

I completed this survey as besst possible, but feel the survey alone does not outline the experience I had in terms of dealing with Gresham Ford. Each sub category listed requires a much more detailed response in my opinion. As the Survey simply does not allow or provide for comments and "Checking a blcok" just seems impersonal when dealing with real people like those of Gresham Ford.

I'm a "Life Long Ford Guy"... over the past 50 years I've bought, traded, owned and sold a multitude of Ford Motor Vehicles. My family members and off spring are also dedicated Ford Folks. As a retired Military Family, we'be literally purchased Ford's around the globe and all over the United States.

Sub Categories: "How Satisfied am I; your Ariveal; my Salesperson' Paying for the Vehicle; Delivery' Sync' Dealer follow up; Recommendation; My Vehicle and finally... About myself".

My "X's"are all in the positive column. I simply am a satisfied customer and Ford Owner. First, from my perspective, the Product sells itself... but the capper is having a Local Dealership like "Gresham Ford" to deal with. Gresham Ford represents the Ford Motor Company, the Product, the Sale and Services Ford Motor Company offers in the best possible light, manner and total professionalism. Gresham Ford is a bit more than a Car dealership. They are an integral part of our community at every level; supporting families, jobs, schools, civic activities, sporting events, scouting and social programs. The staff; from ouwner to lot boys stand prepared to meet and accommodate customer services way beyond the nowm. As for The "Salesperson" ... Mr. Larry Bishop, over the years has sold many vehicles to me and family members... he is not a Car Salesman, but a Ford Representative, who is knowledgeable about every aspect of the Dealership, Products, Services and without question routinely goes way above the norm exceeding all epectations in providing for the sale. Larry is the "Go To Guy" in this Shop and does it all. As stated, over the many years, he has simply become a good Friend. The Service Staff... Russ, Cher, Ryan, John and all the many folks involved in facilitating sales, maintenance, services and products just cannot be found elsewhere. Gresham Ford has a "Team Concept" that works... clearly Bess Wills has surrounded herself with a personable, professional and dedicated staff. "Everyoneinawhile" a good thing comes together... that I think is a great summary of Gresham Ford.

Taking deliver: The last two vehicles I've bought a Gresham Ford were found in another State, picked up by Gresham Staff, driven to Gresham and delivered to me personally. (Service). Telephone calls and status updates of these vehicles were provided during the entire trip. This last vehcile posed a question of "Tow Capabilities", the Sales Staff "Brought a similar vehicle to my home, hooked up my Travel Trailer and we did a Test Ride" with Trailer in tow to ensure its workability... (Service). Teaching an old dog new trickes... yup, they gave a formal Class on "How to " work all the new Computerized Wizardry in my new Ford.

My Vehicle: Love it. Meets and exceeds all that we wanted when shopping for a new Ford.

About me: Retired Command Sergeant Major, US Army. Do I have "Large Expectations, with No BS in the Mix": Yes Sir! My expectations in my dealings with this Dealership over the past 20 years have always been met within the standard of pervious owners. Without reservation, the current management has held this Dealership to a new and high standard of excellence. Without question, Gresham Ford and its current "Team" meet and exceed all my expectations. I think their bottom line is "Service" and everyone on staff is "On Board" with that concept. Services are provided without demand, but rather simply a part of the package. It is a genuine pleasure to deal with the staff of "Gresham Ford", to the person, they are simply the best.

Ford Motor Company would be better served looking at this Dealership as a Model for a "Cookie Cutter Ford Dealerships" around the country.


Sincere Thanks

Please accept the sincere thanks of Ambleside and Rockwood Meals on wheels People staff, clients, and volunteers for you generous donation of the use of that amazing truck for the Teddy Bear Parade! We had a big teddy bear waving to the kids, and it was a great hit!

Thank you very much for your continued support of the community. Feel free to check out Teddy Bear Parade pictures at Facebook, at Meals on Wheels People Rockwood Center!

Thank you,

Friday, October 5, 2012

Adventist Health Foundation Celebrates Cmmunity Philanthropy Heroes

Adventist Health Foundation will honor community heroes on Thursday, October 25 at the Heroes of the Heart Gala at The Nines Hotel.

2012 Heroes of the Heart winners are:

Sue Piazza, creator of the Fabulous Fifty Project, wanted to do something meaningful for children in her community and began a mission that led to the "Fabulous Fifty Project" where she raised $10,0000 gifts for 5 organizations serving kids to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Wendell White, chairman of Generations LLC, has provided 60 years of service to seniors, their families, employees, and the communities in which he has lived and worked. His outstanding leadership as chair of Adventist Health's chaplain department.

Bess Wills, general manager of Gresham Ford is passionate about giving to her community, and helping small organizations all over the city is her obsession. Wills is legendary for her service t the community serving on numberous non-profit, professional and community service organization boards.

The inaugural Heroes of the Heart Gala will benefit Adventist Medical Center's new and innovative Heart to Home Transitional Care program, designed to support patients through their recovery by providing meaningful, personal support when they return home from their hospital stay.

God Bless

Thank you for supporting our Run for the Fallen 2012!

God Bless,
Blue Star Mother's of Oregon - OR1

Gresham Ford Team

Thank you so much for your excellent service!

We are so happy with the pre-owned 2008 F350 truck we purchased at the price we could afford!
It runs smooth and easily pulls our 5th wheel trailer. Don and Bess worked hard to find the right truck
for us. We appreciate the solid team approach.

Thank you, again.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Your Crew Was Superb!

Hello, Bess
We are happy owners of a brand new F150...courtesy of Gresham Ford.
Your crew was superb, and we were very (!) impressed with their professionalism.
Thank you.

Just a Quick Note

Hello: Just a quick note....Scott and Service Crew are excellent!
Thank you,

Friday, August 24, 2012

Your Generous Donation

Your generous donation helped make our dinner and auction a huge success. We had no idea when we started this journey that Terri would get her new heart on June 17th, just weeks before the auction. She was unable to attend the event, but has senn many pictures and felt the excitement of all who participated. she is doing well and getting stronger every day. Thanks to you and the kindness of so many, the medical expenses for Terri and her new heart are taken care of for the near future. Terri and her family, along with all of us on the committee, are extremely grateful for your help. Thank you so very much! Heart for Terri

Cannot Thank You Enough

Dear Bess - We cannot thank you enough for all your support. Not just for our event, but for our community as a whole. We need more individuals like you and company's as Gresham Ford. Please know your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you so very much. Child Care Development Services, Sincerly Carolyn

Thank You Gresham Ford

Thank you and Gresham Ford for donating the van for us to travel in during our recent training. Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated and thank you for all you do. 2012-2013 Oregon FFA State Officer Team

Gresham Art Walk

Dear Bess:
The Gresham Art Walk Board of Directors and Committee members express our thanks to you for your continued support of the Gresham Art Walk. This year 140 artistis participated and exhibited their works in the Art Walk. Attendees strolled down the streets, viewed and purchased art, listened and danced to misic groups, played a Baby Grand Piano in the misle of the street, did drawings using paint, ink, crayons and chalk on a giant roll of paper, dined in our restaurants and shopped in the many unique stores in our Historic Downtown. Thank you. Your generouse support is proof that using art as a vehicle brings us together and builds community unity. Sincerely, Judy

New Truck

When I finally seleced Ford for my new truck, Steve Renner led me through the maze of options and packages to find the unit I wanted. He was tireless in his search and dogged in securing it for me. Well done Steve!  Lonnie

A Hardy Thanks to You Bess

The Boys made it there and back, had the best time of their lives. A hardy thanks to you, Bess and the great folks at Gresham Ford. The Troop and (us on the Committee) will follow up with a few "Community Actions", some personal "thank you's" and some recogntion items to the Dealership. Sincerely can't say enough in terms of thanks to you and all the great folks that made this happen. Everyone involved from our end is singing Gresham Fords praise. Love you guys, Jerry

Friday, August 10, 2012

Adventure Driven BSA Troop 664 of Gresham Oregon

Jerry Jr and his "Adventure Driven BSA Troop 664 of Gresham Oregon", departed today for "Philmont, New Mexico" for an 11 day Back Packing Trek... these young men have great spirit, physical strength, equipped, trained and prepared. This is an "Adventure of a Life Time" ... A very special "Wonderful Support and Sense of Community" this adventure would not have happen but, for the support of Gresham Ford to our Community and local area it equates to and is consistent with the Scouting Spirit. "Buy American, Hire American" Jerry

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Picture Perfect Walk

I was so excited this week to receive our "Shoe Pole" at Gresham Ford.  Those quirky poles decorated with everything from stilettos to flip flops indicate that Gresham Art Walk is here!  The Art Walk has come a long way from Judy Han's (local business Sunny Hans Restaurant), brainchild of bringing artists an opportunity to display and sell their art at this event.  The first Art Walk in 2001 had 28 artists, this year we are expecting 140 artists.

Tomorrow, Saturday July 21st 2012 will be a picture perfect day in East County.  The weather will be gorgeous and downtown Gresham will be filled with booth after booth of art.  Just to say "beautiful" would be inadequate.  Go to for a sampling of some of the fabulous and diverse works of art.  Many of the artists have notable works and it is free to view.  A true gallery to stroll thru on Main Street in beautiful historic downtown Gresham.

This is a great opportunity to look for just the right gift for someone special or even give yourself a little gift.  Art is truly the gift that keeps on giving.  Can't quit until we give thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers that make this day happen.  Special mention to John Clark at Stamp Connection who is the presenting sponsor and to Greater Gresham Baptist Church who has had 100 volunteers sign-up just to make this community event run even more smoothly.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thank you, Bess

"Thanks to Bess Wills and the team at Gresham Ford for another great car buying experience." Gresham is a better place because of people like Bess and businesses like Gresham Ford that give back to the community. Jeff

East Side United FC

Thank you all for your help and support of the 2012 Cascadia Challenge. The truck was a huge asset and ran great! I would love to explore a larger partnership for the tournament next year! Thanks Again!! Matt

Corbett 4th of July Parade

Gresham Ford,

As always you come through with "flying colors!!" Providing the 2013 black Mustang and drivers, Ryan & Tammy for the parade in Corbett as simply "THE BEST!!!" I just love you guys. Michelle

TIP Cruise In and Cook Out 2012

Thank you for your support of our 2nd Annual TIP Crusie In and Cook Out! As you may know, Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver, Inc. is a non-profit and your donation helped make this event incredibly successful. Knowing that the community supports our fundraising efforts and the TIP Mission to just "be there" for citizens in crisis makes a tremendous difference and we look forward to continuing the relationship we have with you in the years to come! At our Cruise In and Cook Out, we hosted over 112 cars, ate a delicious BBQ, enjoyed live entertainment, and had fun at the cake walk and duck tank! Please mark your calendars for our 3rd Annual TIP Cruise In and Cook Out next June 15th, 2013. We sincerely appreciate your support of TIP! TIP Staff

A Young Life Thank You

Thank you to all the "Gresham Ford Guys" who so graciously put-up with all the chaos that the Young Life Plant Sale tends to bring! We truly appreciate all your help! We could not take this many kids (115 this summer) if it wasn't for the Plant Sale at your location, so thank you! Julie @ Portland East Young Life

Harvest Capital Company - Thank you

Dear Ms. Wills,
Thank you for the use of your FORD Van for our Oregon State FFA officer team training. It was very much appreciated. Sincerely Brian

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cinema Under the Stars

Gresham Ford is proud to be one of the Cinema Under the Stars sponsors again this year. Enjoy a FREE Family Friendly Movie playing all over East County from July 27th thru August 25th. Movies start at dark, bring friends & family. Gresham Ford is sponsoring the August 25th movie "Back to the Future" at the Center for the Arts Plaza in downtown Gresham @ 401 NE 2nd Street. For a full list of movie's & dates click on                                           Together we are building a drug free community future!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Operation Goodwill!

Because of the screening, I went
to an appointment and found
out I had breast cancer. I am now
in chemotherapy treatment. The
screening was indicative and was
what made me get a follow-up
appointment. Luckily the cancer
was caught at curable stage.” M.M.,
screened 12/6/11 Bend, OR
In the past decades Ford Motor
Company has been a leader in
corporate responsibility especially in
its efforts to find a cure for breast
cancer. Unfortunately, a cure has not
been found but that has not deterred
their efforts to saving lives. Recently,
the Northwest Ford Dealers launched
Operation Goodwill with a “Women’s
Health Initiative Tour” kicked off
September 28, 2011 at the final Seattle
Mariner’s game, with live TV coverage
during the pre-game show. Beginning
October 1, the tour was on the road for
a six month swing through Washington,
Oregon and Idaho, stopping at least
once in every Northwest Region dealer’s
market. It was in Gresham the last
week of November.
The goal of this initiative was to
provide screenings to women that
otherwise would not be able to afford
an annual mammogram. The response
was great as 48% of the women
screened did not have insurance.
This sure makes you proud to be
a Ford Dealer in the Northwest!
One final quote from one of the
women that participated:
Lost my insurance after being
laid off after 22 years with the
company, insurance gone too, to
young for Medicare and I was denied
Medicaid, this is a blessing in such a
dark time. Thank you Ford!”

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tam Driscoll Woman of the Year

When you go to a City of Gresham event and there is a tall, dark haired, beautiful woman with a smile on her face and a willingness to help everyone she comes in contact with - it is most likely Tam Driscoll.  Over the years as an employee of the City of Gresham she has made our community a better place.  Now is our chance to give her a little support.

She lost a sister, Nancy, to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2009; however, she has been in a fight to find a cure since 2001.  Since that time she has run marathons and done any and all types of fund raisers that have contributed more than $200,000 to finding a cure .  That money has made a difference.  The survival rates for blood cancers continues to grow, but Tam won't be satisfied until they find a cure.  That is probably why she has been nominated to compete as "Woman of the Year" for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

How can we help move that nomination to that well deserved title of "winner"?  Well, from April 5th to June 14th 2012 every dollar Tam raises is a vote.  She is the only candidate affiliated with East County and the only one that does not have huge corporate support, so Google Tam Driscoll and click on the site to make a donation and then make one on behalf of your mother - I am sure she would appreciate the gesture more than another scarf.  P.S. No matter the outcome, Tam you are our "Woman of the Year"!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Charming, Thank you!

Thank you to all the businesses and organizations that are making the "Be Charmed, Shop Local," program so much fun and a great success.  Last Saturday at Farmers' Market I was really impressed with some collectors that already had most of the 48 piece charm set.  I currently have 12 in my collection but have to replace one I gave away this morning, a cute small burger from "Best Burger".  However, my plan in giving that one away was that I would need to make the trip down to see John at Best Burger and buy a "Ranger Burger".  He is donating the proceeds to the USS Ranger project and pick up a replacement charm.  Another real cute charm is a little carrot that can be purchased at Twisted Carrot Restaurant on the corner of Kelly and 8th.  While you are there, have one of their Special Spinach Salads with the to die for dressing that is customer made.

Thank you to the Outlook for running the story Wednesday in the Business Section on the Charm bracelet program.  Yes we get lots of electronic communication, but there is nothing  like the newsprint in hand to generate some local enthusiasm.

Thank you to Jessica Reid who brought the charming idea to our "Try Local First" meeting.  It takes just one person to make a difference in our community because of her willingness to volunteer and share ideas she had seen help businesses in other cities, our community is better and economically stronger too!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Parade Thank You


I wanted to express my appreciation for all that you do and your continued support of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce through your donation of vehicles for this parade.  We had a wonderful time and Gresham Ford was well represented and noticed by the participants and spectators!

Thanks Again.

Richard Sorem
Senior Agent
Rose City Associates

Email: Your Support

Gresham Ford's Contribute to the Community Program
Below is an e-mail we recently received.

Dear Bess,

I'd like to join Judy Leach and others with the East Portland Chamber to express our thanks for your generosity and support of our chamber's entry in the 82nd Avenue Roses Parade.  You are always so supportive of these types of events: no one ever put up more or contributes more than Gresham Ford.

Thank you for the leadership and example you consistently give to Gresham and East County.  The world is always a better place wherever Gresham Ford is involved.

Well done, again, Bess!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Charmed in Gresham Oregon

Start your charm collection today with a treasure hunt in East County!  As I told you last week the Try Local First Coalition has been working on a project that will be fun for consumers and at the same time provide foot traffic to local businesses, professional services, and local events.  It all begins with purchasing a Charm Bracket for only $5 at one of these three locations:

Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce 
701 NE Hood Avenue

Cafe Delirium
308 North Main Avenue

Drake's 7 Dees Garden Center
16519 SE Stark Street

You can also purchase a bracelet for Mothers Day at the first Gresham Farmers Market of the season next Saturday from 8:30am to 2:00pm at the Historic Downtown Gresham Business Association booth.  Then you can purchase charms (no more than $2 each) from a variety of local businesses and at the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce.  So get a bracelet and start collecting! What a fun thing to do with your kids.  Visit a business you have never been to or one you have not gone to in a long time.  Other communities have had great success with this program and it is already taking off in Gresham.  What can be more fun than supporting your community!

Here are ten more businesses that are participating.....

Cafe Delirium
C.P. Trips (can be purchased at the Chamber Office)
Creative Visions Landscape
Drake's 7 Dees Garden Center
DuBois Salon
Elegantly Funky
Epidavros Center for Well Being
Garrision Marketing Solutions
GlamDog Portraits

Visit any of these locations and they will have a brochure listing all the locations to purchase a charm or bracelet.  So what is stopping you Go and start your collection now!!!

Bess Wills
General Manager
Gresham Ford
Direct 503-665-0102

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


What: "ROAR" (Respected Optimistic, Accomplished, Riverview for Women) is a group of effective women who connect to offer support, education, mentoring and sharing professional experiences to enhance the success of each other's business.

When: The next ROAR event will be held Tuesday April 24th 4-6pm at Spaghetti Factory in Clackamas Oregon.

Who:  Female business owners, sales representatives, and others who would benefit from a networking event of other professional women.

How:  Interested?  Attendees must RSVP to  Seating is limited.  Cost:  FREE  Appetizers and beverages are provided.  This event will include dynamic "ROAR Speed Networking" session utilizing the principles from information provided by business coach Sue Piazza and Little Miracles, "A Journey to Financial Freedom" author Melvin Kaufmann.

Hot Tips:  From the Networking Advice in the "Little Miracles" book:

  • Be early, stay late
  • Pick your people, pick your destiny
  • Squander time, squander money
  • Networking makes selling obsolete
  • Fear is a habit
  • Be a dream-maker, not a dream-taker
See you there

~Bess Wills
General Manager
Gresham Ford
1940 East Powell Blvd.
Gresham Or 97080
Direct:  503-665-0102
Store:   503-665-0101

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thanks from Mt. Hood Christian Center & School

A BIG Thank You to Gresham Ford for putting up a banner in support of our school.  We really appreciate all you do for our community, especially when it comes to the kids!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

5K Walk, Run - Drive?????

Yes, you can drive your school, Reynolds High School to be exact.  The last two events have raised over $5000 for local high schools.  It is so easy, all you have to do is drive a brand new Ford on a short route, answer an even shorter survey and in less time than it takes to put your running shoes on and stretch, you have earned $20 for a local high school.

So, put next Saturday April 14th on your calendar and anytime between 10am and 4pm stop by Gresham Ford and make some money for Reynolds High School.  We all know shrinking budgets have put a strain on your schools and this is Ford Motor Company's way of giving back while providing a NO PRESSURE demonstration of our fine new products.  If you don't drive the Drive 4 UR School, our kids will lose so be a winner and Drive For Your School.  See you Saturday!!!

This event is courtesy of Gresham Ford's Contribute to the Community Program in conjunction with Ford Motor Company.  Events like this are just one reason Gresham Ford is one of only two 2011 Ford Motor Company Presidents Awards Dealerships in Oregon.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Gresham Ford Donates to the Gresham Soroptimist Dinner Auction

Gresham Ford is proud to donate a weekend car rental that will be paired with weekend lodging in Lincoln City.  Thank you, Gresham Soroptimists for keeping Gresham Ford in mind and for everything you do for our community.  For more information on the 2012 El Bistro event or to donate yourself contact Sue O'Halloran, Co-Chair at .  

Monday, March 26, 2012

May a Shamrock Find You....

Two years ago, thought it seems only yesterday we were fortunate to spend our vacation on the beautiful emerald isle of Ireland.  The people there are truly the nicest people on earth and some of the best writers or recent generations have been Irish.  Their wit and humor is something not easily replicated and always seems to put a smile on your face!  Here are a few examples: "May good luck be with you wherever you go and your blessings outnumber  the shamrocks that grow!"  "May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.  May songbirds serenade your every step along the way.  May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.  Any may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through."  "May you have the hindsight to know where you've been.  The foresight to know where you're going.  And the insight to know when you have gone too far."  "May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past."  Wish I could write such fare but nonetheless I love to share!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tom Thanks Bess and the Gresham Ford Family

Dear Bess -

My wife and I took a 5,500 mile road trip in our 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid in late October and November 2011.  The vehicle had 79,000 miles on it and while I had not had any problems with it I was a little leery about taking it on a 19 day trip into the wilds of Montana, Utah and California.  It performed beautifully - giving us 30 mpg and only 1 time did it need extra attention- new front windshield wipers (replacing the originals).  I love this vehicle!


Gresham Ford is recognized as a GREAT Business by the City of Gresham

Congratulations to all of our certified GREAT Businesses. gbiz-award-cutoutv2.jpg As a thank you, we work to let the community know of your efforts.  We’ve included your business name in our recent “GREAT News” newsletter sent to 2200 businesses, we link to your business from our webpage, and we run ads in the Outlook. We’ll be running another ad listing our certified businesses on March 28th and 31st.    

GREAT Businesses
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The Gresham Resource Efficiency Assistance To (GREAT) Businesses program offers free assistance, resources and recognition to help businesses conserve natural resources, protect the local environment, and help the bottom line.
The latest GREAT News newsletter features: 

 About the Program 

Our team of trained resource conservation specialists can provide one-on-one assistance in many areas: 
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The GREAT program can help your business create an environmental strategy tailored to your business's specific needs.
  • Analyze your water and energy usage, waste reduction and recycling efforts, and stormwater and wastewater practices; often saving you money..
  • Prepare a detailed plan with recommendations specific to your business.
  • Provide your business with free resources, including water-saving devices, boxes, stickers, posters and educational materials.
  • Help you find the right service for hard-to-recycle items such as computers, batteries and packaging material.
  • Provide public recognition when your business meets its goals as a certified GREAT Business in Gresham.

Gain RecognitionGREAT Business Award

Businesses that perform well in the above areas are eligible for recognition. Read more about our recognition programs.  

Start Today

Join over 130 businesses and take the Pledge to be GREAT.  This rewarding program has brought publicity and awards to many Gresham area businesses. Your business can take the pledge to start receiving free assistance today. We will help you reach the criteria in the areas listed below. Once you meet all of the criteria your business can also be GREAT.
To schedule a consultation with a GREAT Business program educator or have free resources delivered, call 503-618-2694 or e-mail

Attend a Sustainable Event

The Sustainable Business Events Calendar lists local classes and events designed to help you and your business grow greener.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist

Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist church has met in Gresham since 1956 and is located at 1133 NE 181st. Their status a qualified non-profit organization has paved the way for them to take advantage of the Gresham Ford "Commitment to the Community" program.  With over one hundred members and friends who live in the East Portland, Gresham, Troutdale and Sandy areas, the Gresham Ford service department is close and services all makes and all models.  When members have, for instance, an oil change and they are paying the receptionist/cashier, they ask for their tithe to go to the Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church.  Gresham Ford then donates 10% of the invoice on a monthly basis.

On Saturday April 21st 2012 they will be having the annual 19th Annual Service and Goods Auction for their fellowship.  The theme this year is "Green and Growing!"  Gresham Ford is donating three $25 gift certificates good to the Gresham Ford Quick Lane; where you never need an appointment and we service all makes and all models.

If you are interested in attending or donating yourself you can contact 503.665.2628 or by fax at 503-465-8978.  

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Letter from Jerry and Hanne

As a qualifying statement; let me begin with: I have over the past 50 years been a "FORD Guy".

Since 1987, (Returning to Gresham/Home) me and my family members extended, have purchased several automobiles, trucks and SUV's from Gresham Ford.  In the past 5 years or so; collectively we have noticed an extreme change in how Gresham Ford conducts business and has integrated into the Community in such a positive manner.

Community action, support and like contributions on your part demonstrate a sound commitment to the Community and is most appreciated.  Among the many other attributes, Gresham Ford enjoys a sound reputation for sales and service.  I'm not sure that standard applies to many "Car Dealerships" both locally and in you're doing at Gresham Ford, your doing it right.

Putting sales aside (Which has always been a painless experience for us): having maintenance services done by Gresham Ford is the timeliest and most professional adventure in Vehicle Maintenance Services I've ever experienced at a "Dealership"!  The "Staff", starting with Ryan and ending with Cher is by far the most congenial and positive fraction anyone entering the Maintenance area could ask for.  Never have I had an issue that didn't gain their full attention, always ending with a just resolve.

Recently, (during a routine maintenance check), I was advised that my truck was in need of tires.  I was given printouts with several price and tire options...  Knowing a "dealership " is the last place to buy tires; I spoke to Cher about prices, etc. she mentioned that "Gresham Ford would match the price if I found like tires cheaper or equal elsewhere."

I did my homework and went shopping ...of all the Brand Name Tire Stores in the surrounding area, I could not match the price offered by Gresham Ford...ion fact, for the same tires, Gresham Ford was several hundred dollars cheaper an hosted the same level of warranty.  Clearly impressed, I purchased the tires at Gresham Ford.  Ryan had the tires mounted, tweaked and I was outta there in little over an hour; satisfied with the product and the outstanding service.

If the plan is to become a "Full Service Dealership"... your well on the way.  I appreciate good service and enjoy dealing with the great folks and personalities at Gresham Ford, it more "Communal than Business" first,  I'm just not sure you can mass that many good folks in one company anywhere else, from sales to service you have much to be proud of.


Jerry and Hanne
Gresham, Oregon

What would they say?

Bess Wills - General Manager
Gresham Ford
It was flattering to have my picture on the front page of the Gresham Outlook and thank you Sarah for taking time to interview local women and myself in honor of 100th year anniversary of women's suffrage.  To be honest I truly hadn't thought about this historical celebration until she called for the interview.  It caused me to think about how my life would have been different if I had been born in another generation.  These thoughts have me reason to honor some great women in my family - I never knew them personally and would be so curious to have had the change to hear their feelings on this subject.

My paternal great-grandmother left Missouri around the age of 11 in a covered wagon and headed to California to find their fortune!  She married, raised 8 children, buried one; help build 3 houses, two burned to the ground.  Planted a garden, cooked, cleaned, and did the hundred other things that were required to live on a ranch 22 miles from the nearest town for the near 90 years of her life.  She lived most of her life without the right to vote.

My maternal grandmother was born in Oregon then went to Chico in Northern California and earned her college degree as a teacher.  Her father had left her mother with three daughters to raise and only one of them had the opportunity for college - luckily it was she.  After graduation she found a job teaching at several small country schools, she worked to care for her grandmother, mother and sisters.  She met my grandfather they married and she lived a tough country life thru the great depression while her husband lost his sleg while she was in the hospital giving birth to their second child.  Then she passed way too early from breast cancer.  The year she left for college was the same year the 19th Amendment was ratified to the United States Constitution.  For all those women that preceded us - Thank you.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gresham Ford helps Columbia Community Church with the "Contribute to the Community" Tithe Program

Columbia Community Church has utilized the Gresham Ford "Contribute to the Community" Tithe program.  Their members visited the Gresham Ford service department for brakes and Gresham Ford donated 10% of their invoice to charity of their choice, in this case Columbia Community Church.

Next time you visit the Gresham Ford Service department, ask about our Tithe program and donate 10% to local charity or non-profit.

7th Annual Gresham Barlow Parent Teacher Club BINGO Family Night

The Gresham Barlow Parent Teacher Club for Hall Elementary School is looking for continued participation, support and generosity towards the children and their education.  Tuesday, April 17th, 2011 will be the 7th Annual BINGO night held at the school during the evening.  This event involves teachers, staff, students, parents and other businesses.

The goal is to earn $2500 for school field trips and new technology.  In addition, the school needs to replace its ten year old laminator.  Gresham Ford has donated two $25 gift certificates towards the effort.  Ford more information contact Kristin Hendrix, PTC President at

Harold's Thank You Note to Bess

Dear Bess:

Please forgive me for not writing sooner, to express my appreciation for your outstanding help in the purchase of my 2012 Expedition King Ranch.

The vehicle is the best I have ever owned; I am so very pleased with the complete experience at Gresham Ford.  My new Expedition in little words is just plain exciting.

I not only purchased, a new vehicle; I was able to make many friends at Gresham Ford and that is worth more than any amount of monetary transaction.

My fondest regards to Preston and Jim whom I found totally priceless.