Pedal Cars

Remember those adorable pedal cars that you’ve seen in Grandma’s pictures? Or maybe you even remember having one of your own and how grown up you felt as you pedaled your way around the yard. Whatever the case may be, those were days, were they not? This summer we’ve been privileged to be a part of the Brasher’s Backstage Concert event which included an auction of the most adorable pedal cars this side of the Rockies, ours being the bright orange mustang, of course! We were one of 12 dealerships in the area that donated pedal cars for this auction. It was a sight to see. The children of the employees at our own Brasher’s Auto Auction in Wood Village participated as the drivers of the cars wearing special vests and looking oh so sporty! What fun they had, and the best part, they raised $13,000 which benefitted Katie’s Kause for Cystic Fibrosis and the Boy Scouts of America!

We want to extend a special “Thank You” to Jerry Hinton, General Manager of Brasher’s Auto Auction. It was his deep commitment to this community and the huge hearts of all his employees that made all this possible. And as a result, the overwhelming generosity exhibited by the dealerships and the dealers themselves as they would donate their pedal cars back into the auction to be sold again and again was truly amazing! What a great community we live in!!

Katie's Kause for Cystic Fibrosis provides financial assistance and emotional support to families facing financial hardships based on overwhelming medical needs for their cystic fibrosis child. They provide financial aid to families in the Washington and Oregon area. For more information please visit: http://www.katieskause.org/

To Tease Your Taste Buds!

Food just tastes better here!! Once again, The Bite of East County is coming to town! Get ready for an amazing assortment of savory and sweet food offerings to satisfy your palate! Everything from Bumpers Grill & Bar to Corbett Country Market with desserts and delicacies in between! Are you hungry yet?

Come help us celebrate East County’s culinary offerings with mouth watering menu items by some of Oregon’s finest. Whether it’s a sampling of small plates or enjoying a full meal the choices are varied, delicious and plentiful!

If you haven’t experienced this before, you won’t want to miss it! This year will feature three different bands playing music throughout the day as well! Fun, food and festivities for all!!

The best part about this event is it’s a fund raiser for Zarephath Kitchen & Pantry which runs a soup kitchen and food pantry for those in need here in East County. Last year over 180,000 meals were served.

So, come one, come all! Join us on July 25th (that’s tomorrow) for the 3rd Annual Bite of East County, Columbia Park, also known as Imagination Station, 1900 SW Cherry Pard Rd, Troutdale, Oregon. Doors open at 12noon.

We have tickets here at Gresham Ford (we’d love to give you at no charge), so drop by anytime!! Remember we’re open until Midnight for all your service needs, so come on down, get your oil changed and pick up some tickets for this great event! See you soon!!

And the Winner is!!!

Drum roll please!! We have a winner! Today we chose the winner of the first ever “Ford” Art Contest here at Gresham Ford. In conjunction with the Gresham Arts Festival, we had the idea of finding some talented people right here locally, that might have an eye for Fords and art and putting the two together. If you stopped by our show room in the past few weeks, you’ve seen some of the great entries we had. From the three “Things” washing Glamma’s Ford Focus, to the 1936 Forgotten Ford, an old Ford tractor “Git-er-Done” and a drawing of a Mustang! We also had a fabulous painting entered by one of our technicians. They were all amazing and choosing the winner was tough!

And the winner is: “Git-er-Done” by Janet Sears. This is a picture of her brother’s tractor on their farm out in Damascus. Second place went to “1936 Forgotten Ford” by Cindy Luebbers and third place was “Lexi, Zoey and Dezy Washing Glamma’s Car”. This was great fun and we hope that it will catch on and we’ll see a lot more “Ford” art next year!

If you’d like to see the winning pieces, please visit our booth at the Gresham Arts Festival tomorrow, July 18th, downtown Gresham. There will be fun for all, especially the kids. I hear there’ll be a great kids area with lots of fun things to do and see and then of course the fabulous artists displaying their creations and the Gresham Farmers Market as well! We will be at the corner of 3rd and Roberts so come say, “hi”, see the art contest winners and check out all our fun goodies we’ll have!

See you there!

Cruise the College

We know there are a million things to do this summer but this is one more thing you need to add to your “must do” list. Sunday July 19th, 11am-4pm at Mt Hood Community College, we are proud to be a sponsor of the “Cruise the College” car show. Hosted by the Mt Hood Mustangs and Fords Club, it’s a day of fun for all ages. There are goodie bags for the first 250 attendees, music provided by Cruisin’ Tunes, over 45 trophies will be awarded, a raffle to benefit My Father’s House and Wounded Warrior Project and a special car quilt auction! Lots of fun you won’t want to miss!! Use the NW lot at the college with entrance on the Stark Street side for participants and the main entrance on Kane for spectators. It’s an open event so any and all can enter and participate. If you’d like more information or would like to enter a vehicle is this great show, please visit www.mhmf .com.

This will follow on the heals of the event we’re all waiting for, The Gresham Art Festival! The 2015 Gresham Arts Festival on Saturday, July 18, is the biggest festival in 14 years. More than 150 talented artists plus a Guinness World Record event. Don’t forget to get your family, friends, employees and co-workers together and sign up to color in one of the chalk squares and help us reach our goal of 350 squares. Now that will be something to celebrate!! It's a day filled with "Look at that!" art, music, food and fun, turning the city's historic downtown into a giant art gallery.

The summer fun never ends here in East County!!

Fight Hunger in 30 Seconds

Neighbors helping neighbors since 1967!

SnowCap Community Charities is a philanthropic organization created to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services to the poor.

SnowCap has been selected as a semi-finalist to receive a $9,000 grant from the Advantis Credit Union GROW Fund. This funding will be used to purchase a much-needed freezer for their pantry. We need your help! The public is invited to vote daily for their favorite project among 12 worthy agencies between now and July 17th, 2015. Will you take 30 seconds and vote for SnowCap? Please go to, www.advantiscu.org or www.snowcap.org and take the 30 seconds and help us fight hunger in East County!

Thank you for taking a moment to support your neighbors in need and sharing the link with your friends on Facebook. We can't fight hunger without you.

SnowCap volunteers make a difference for their neighbors in need. They feed over 8,000 people per month. This involves food drives, picking up and delivering food, sorting food donations, stocking shelves, packing bags. It also means driving trucks, weeding the garden, working on committees and interviewing clients. If you think you’d like to help this amazing organization, don’t hesitate, go to their website today and look at all the opportunities.

On another note, don’t forget the Gresham Ford Art Contest going on right now. We’re looking for anything “Ford”. Photos, paintings, drawings, whatever you’ve got. Come and visit our show room and take a look at the awesome entries we’ve received so far and vote for your favorite! We’ll be counting the votes on July 15th with the winner displayed in our booth at the Gresham Arts Festival, July 18th.

Chalk of Fame

We’re so excited to be a sponsor of the Gresham Arts Festival this year, and what a great year it will be! They’re going for a world record! A Guinness World Record, that is!! A one-time addition to the Gresham Arts Festival held July 18, Chalk of Fame will bring together friends, families, individuals, businesses, churches and community groups to color in 350 chalk drawings-the most ever put to pavement on any street anywhere, ever. They’re still looking for anyone who wants to take part to reserve a spot and color your piece of the Chalk of Fame! It’s going to take all of us to make this happen. The squares are already outlined with a scene, you just color it in. What a great way to spend a couple of hours!! If you’d like more information or to sign up, please visit GreshamOregon.gov/ChalkofFame! Join us for Gresham’s Chalk of Fame, where we’ll color our way to a Guinness World Record!

Another fun event that is happening this weekend is the Gresham Optimist’s Beat the Heat Benefit Cruise. This is a fundraising event held every year to support Gresham Community Projects. There will be food, raffles, music, 50-50 drawing, pretty much fun for the whole family! And, you’ll get to see some really great cars from all eras, vintages, makes and models! Come join the fun, Sunday, June 28th from 1pm to 5pm at Reynolds High School. For more information, please call: Gary Helzer 503-730-2811 or Joe Anderson 503-313-2417.

Get out there and enjoy your summer!! So many fun things to do here in East County!

Our Little Local Hero!

Trenten West, you may remember, was instrumental in awarding a vehicle to a veteran and her family this past Valentines Day. What a great experience, and we were so blessed to be a part of that. Lately he has been on the road helping as a volunteer at the various Veterans’ Stand Downs that are happening at different locations around the state every weekend. Another venture he’s involved in is a fundraising effort for the Gresham Gopher Football team. These funds will go towards helmets, shoulder pads, uniforms, team meals and travel expenses. If you would like to help our little local hero and the Gresham Gopher Football team, please go to: >app.snap-raise.com/fundraisers/3675/participant/89481 or call Amy and Gresham Ford 503-407-6764.

Also, don’t forget the Gresham Ford Art Contest going on now! Entries are due by July 15th! We have had some amazing entries already! It’s going to be difficult to pick a winner. The 1st prize winner, by the way, will receive $500 towards the purchase of their next set of tires!! Now that’s worth a little creativity, don’t you think? So, get those cameras out, paint brushes, sketch pads, sculpting clay or event quilting squares! Anything centered around the “Ford” products is what we’re looking for! The winner to be decided by July 18th and displayed at our booth at the Gresham Arts Festival!

So, there you have it! Support for our littlest local hero and all his endeavors and a chance to win $500 towards tires from Gresham Ford! And please bring a jar of peanut butter for SnowCap to Gresham Ford, while you’re at it! Have a great weekend!!

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