The Road Less Traveled...
Over the past century, countless motorists have traveled the amazing accomplishment of one mans vision known today as the Historic Columbia River Highway. Business man Sam Hill was the visionary, while Samuel Lancaster, an engineer, master minded the fulfillment of Hills idea. Together, their foresight forever altered the way the people absorb the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area.
Henry Ford also had a vision. Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity to a practical conveyance. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry. His intense commitment to lowering costs resulted in technical and business innovations which put Ford dealerships on the map, literally!
So, now here we are, decades later, still enjoying a combination of ingenious and forward thinking visions of the past. The phrase, If we build it, they will come was never more true. Have you taken a drive out the Historic Columbia River Highway lately? Next time you do, keep in mind that you are living the vision that Sam Hill, Samuel Lancaster and Henry Ford dreamed so long ago. What a truly amazing place we live in!
And as youre driving that road less traveled, if the pot holes and uneven terrain seem a bit bumpier that youd like, maybe its time to have a look at those tires that youve been putting off. Gresham Ford has some amazing rebates on the purchase of four select tires right now and we wont be undersold. Price match guarantee! So, before you head off to live the dream swing by and let us help you make it the best experience ever!
Here we go AGAIN!
Twice a year, Ford Motor Co, partnering with Gresham Ford, offers the Drive 4 UR School events! This program affords different school programs and organizations the opportunity to raise much needed funds by just taking a simple, no pressure, no nonsense, fun (actually) test drive! How it works; a local high school will sign up. Then, they will pass the word to the students, parents, program directors, school administrators, friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, just anyone they may know to come to Gresham Ford for the event. At the event, they take a quick test drive in a car or truck of their choice (I mean who wouldnt want to take a spin in the newest and brightest fancy Red Mustang), fill out a form indicating that they did exactly that, and BAM!! Ford Motor Co gives $20! And they give $20 per test drive up to $6,000! And, oh wait, theres more! Then, they get back in their own vehicle, take a quick drive through our mini Quick Lane for a quick inspection; fluids topped off, tires checked, you get the idea, and SCHAZAM!!! Another $10! So, all in all, its a $7,000 day!
For your chance to help us reach that $7,000 goal, be at Gresham Ford this Saturday (thats tomorrow) September 20th anytime between 10am and 4pm! The school programs that are benefitting from this event are; Gopher Spirit Club, Barlow Girls Basketball and Varsity Baseball! Food, fun, raffle prizes, bands playing! Live a little and Drive One 4 UR School!!
One Person CAN Make a Difference!
Last year, Karen Johnston of All About Automotive spearheaded a local School Supplies Drive that has encompassed the whole community. Under the umbrella of the GBEF (Gresham Barlow Education Foundation) she began a campaign that raised $10,000 worth of school supplies and roughly $1,200 in cash donations. And that was just the first year. Going into the second year, there has been $27,000 worth of school supplies, $1,500 cash donations and its still coming in! The outpouring of generosity has just been overwhelming.
The businesses that participated in housing the drop off bins;, Gresham Family Chiropractic, US Bank on Powell, Riverview Community Bank, Keybank (both Gresham & Troutdale locations), Gresham Ford, Origins Coffee & Tea House, Burns Feed Store, Cascade Athletic Club (both locations) and ReStore –Habitat for Humanity. Donations were also received from SnowCap Community Charities who distributes 600lbs of school supplies to each school district every year.
It took just one person, with a huge heart, to make a difference in our community for our kids! Thank you Karen Johnston and all the businesses and organizations for giving our kids a much needed boost into their school year. Now Karen is off to her next project and were proud to partner with her for the 2014 Fall Drive 4 UR School event which will benefit Gresham Gopher Spirit Club, Barlow Girls Basketball and Barlow Varsity Baseball! Mark your calendars; September 20th, 10am-4pm right here at Gresham Ford!
Thank you and Keep Them Coming!
Just got off the phone with Susan Bowker aka Nana and there have been nearly 7,000 Post Cards received that express happy thoughts, hope, joy and love for all the students, staff and teachers at Reynolds High School. Yesterday, prior to school starting, some of these Post Cards were read for the first time by some teachers and staff and their response was Keep them coming!.
There are some great stories involved in these cards:
- A High School in North Dakota that wrote out a bunch of Post Cards and then laid them out on the football field spelling HOPE and took an aerial photo to share with Reynolds HS.
- Local business Stamp Connections staff took special time to make each of their Post Cards a work of art.
- Local High School Student Cezanne inspired 300 others to mail cards!
- They have come in from all over the country from young and old alike.
But this is the deal. We need to keep them coming – so in case you missed the article on the front of the Outlook on Tuesday, please go online to the Outlookonline.com and read the story about Susans (Nana) plan to shower Reynolds High School with Happy Thoughts – then send this story on to friends and family far and near and encourage them to send a Post Card – if you do not have a Post Card just write your thought on an envelope and mail it to: HOPE, P.O. BOX 9, TROUTDALE, OR 97060!!!
P.S. Thanks to all that participated in the ALS challenge at Gresham Ford – your efforts will provide 8 new wheel chairs to local ALS patients!
Ice Buckets on Wheels...
So, everyone, Im sure, has seen the millions of videos of people drowning themselves with ice water and challenging others to do the same, right? It has been amazing to see this epidemic circle the whole country and how everyone has come together to promote research for those suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or more commonly known as Lou Gehrigs Disease. Well, Gresham Ford has accepted this challenge as well, but we decided to do things a little differently. Trying to keep things local, were giving and accepting donations that will go directly to people in our area that are suffering from this disease in the form of wheel chairs. So far, weve collected $200, which at our discounted rate of $150 per chair; weve purchased 1 and ¼ chairs! Through our good friends at Adventist Hospice, we are targeting people right here so if youve seen all the icing going on but not really sure how you can help, heres how! Come on down to Gresham Ford, make your check payable to Adventist Hospice and partner with us, keeping it local once again, helping the ALS sufferers right in our own back yard.
On another note, the first day of school is right around the corner. Dont forget our Reynolds High students that are returning for the first time since the shooting. Sending that Happy Thought to give them encouragement and hope, will make the best of a bad situation possible. Write just a word or phrase on an envelope, or come by Gresham Ford and pick up a card that weve made especially for this, and send to; HOPE, P.O. Box 9, Troutdale, OR 97060, or go online to; http://www.prayersforreynolds.com/.
Remember as Peter Pan says, Happy Thoughts make you fly!!